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St. Dominic docent Elizabeth Skelton will lead parish groups in a “prayerful pilgrimage” tour of St. Dominic through Jan. 21, the closing of the eighth centenary celebration of the Dominican order.

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St. Dominic hosting ‘pilgrimage tours’ to conclude Dominican anniversary
December 5th, 2016
By Christina Gray

To conclude the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers, St. Dominic Church is hosting “pilgrimage” tours of the church for organized parish groups.

The approximately 45-minute tour led by parishioner, docent and art historian Elizabeth Skelton will take place weekdays between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. through Jan. 21, 2017. Reservations must be made in advance.

Skelton was part of a small group of pilgrims from St. Dominic, including pastor Dominican Father Michael Hurley, who traveled to Rome this summer to celebrate the Dominican jubilee. The visit coincided with the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis and officially concluded on Nov. 20. Upon their return they decided to offer prayer-centered parish tours of the church as a way to conclude the Dominican anniversary year on Jan. 21.

“As we approach the culmination of the celebration of 800 years of Dominican life, this is a fresh opportunity to be renewed by the spirit of St. Dominic which led him to radiate the Gospel of joy to all people,” Father Hurley said.

Skelton said that parish groups will meet on the steps at the Steiner Street entrance to the church and process through the doors and down the main aisle in prayer and song, stopping at the high altar crucifix which shows St. Dominic at the foot of the cross. The tour will make stops at the Holy Rosary and Pieta altars and the shrines to St. Jude and Our Lady of Guadalupe and will conclude with a visit to the Divine Mercy Chapel and recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Father Hurley said that at the conclusion of the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Jan. 21, the entire St. Dominic community will pass through the “Porta Sancta” of St. Dominic Church.

Under a 2015 papal mandate, pilgrims participating in Dominican jubilee celebrations both internationally and in each Dominican province may gain a plenary indulgence under conditions described in the document, which may be viewed at

For tour reservations contact the parish office at (415) 567-7824 or Elizabeth Skelton at

From December 8, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.

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