Join the French Pilgrimage


Travel together not as tourists, but as pilgrims who are open to giving themselves to the providence of the journey. As pilgrims we are attentive and responsive to what the journey offers. When we open ourselves to the journey, we discover that the truth—when really perceived and not just described—is always a wonder.

Your spiritual guides are Patty Speier, Executive Director of the Seton Cove and Carl McQueary, art historian, instructor, archivist, and sought-after travel guide to France. Through the use of poetry, wisdom teachings, and spiritual practices, Carl and Patty will facilitate the discovery of your own deeper relationship to the places we will visit and increase your awareness of the Sacred in yourself, your fellow pilgrims, and how this presence is manifested in art, architecture and the everyday life of Paris.

About your Spiritual Guides

Patricia Speier, DMin, is Executive Director of the Seton Cove and Senior Director of Formation for Ascension Health. She is a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat facilitator who specializes in the use of literature and writing for spiritual growth and ethical development. She is passionate about the connection between Spirituality and Leadership and has developed the Leadership Pilgrimage, a year-long intensive for leaders in all fields which is now in its 14th year. Speier is a 2008 DMin graduate of Perkins School of Theology and a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest. She has studied spirituality at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico and Integral Spirituality with Ken Wilbur.

Carl McQueary served as Mission Integration Coordinator, communicator and archivist for Seton Healthcare Family for 15 years. With a Master’s Degree in Museum Science from Baylor University, and as a cultural historian, Carl has conducted tours of sacred sites, both in the United States and France, for many years. As a long-time private curator, Carl is passionate about the combined roles that history, art, and spirituality play within the context of living a true, authentic life. He strives to integrate all three aspects in his daily experience.

More Information About the Pilgrimage

Dates: September 27 – October 6, 2020

Cost: $5,494, leaving from Austin, Texas, based on double occupancy

Registration Forms: Register Here

Visit our website, for more information about the French Pilgrimage. If you have questions, contact Sharmila Advani at (512) 451-0272. We hope you’ll join us on this sacred journey through Paris.