About the Company
The Company of St. René Goupil is an apostolate of pilgrims founded in March 1998 by the late Robert W. Murray (aided thereafter by ‘Cuzn’ Robert W. Lamanque) and by Pilgrimage founder Greg Lloyd to provide material assistance to fellow-pilgrims of the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration to the Shrine of Our Lady’s Martyrs at Auriesville, NY.
Members of the Company exercise charity in imitation of St. René Goupil, offering their services voluntarily as works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal, ad majorem Dei gloriam.
The Company is composed of lay men and women who have reached the age of 16 and whose application has been accepted. Work for the Pilgrimage for Restoration is conducted under the direction of Company and Pilgrimage officials. Membership endures for one year, and must be renewed annually by application by May 1.
New or first-time applicants must apply and register before June 1.
An organization chart of the Company can be found by clicking here.
All volunteers accepted into the Company are to keep a copy of the letter of St. Isaac Jogues to his Jesuit superior explaining the life and martyrdom of St. René. Since members of the Company are to seek to live the spirit of their Blessed Patron, each is expected to pray regularly for the intentions of the apostolate and to study the letter of St. Isaac.
The Company is but one of seven “Divisions” in the Pilgrimage organization. (The other Divisions being — Sacred Chaplaincy, Directorate, Brigades, Modified Events, Sacred Music, and Sunday-only Events.)
Company volunteers who apply & register before May 1 are asked to give a donation of $40 in lieu of the registration fee. A CSRG application and/or registration received after May 1 must be accompanied by the regular registration fee. ($85 after May 1; $95 after June 1; $110 after July 1; $125 after August 1; $150 after September 1.)
Until a volunteer registers, other organizers are not permitted to plan with him/her in preparations for the pilgrimage.