By Mark Hofmann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jun 19, 2020 Updated Jun 19, 2020

Uniointown, PA (Herald Standard) - The 87th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount St. Macrina has been canceled, with a virtual pilgrimage in the works for this year.

“There’s just no alternative,” said Sister Ruth Plante, the provincial for the Byzantine Catholic Sisters of St. Basil. “There’s no way we can guarantee the safety of such a large group of people.”

Plante said the three-day pilgrimage sees an average of 3,000 to 4,000 visitors over Labor Day weekend to Mount St. Macrina on Route 40 west of Uniontown.

 

She said she and the organizers are disappointed to cancel the event, noting negative economic impact to local restaurants, hotels and other businesses that would provide services for those who came.

This year’s theme was celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Sisters of St. Basil, but Plante said God had other plans.

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