Sacred steps



Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2019

Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Dicharry, Bradley

First Committee Member

Barbuzza, Isabel

Second Committee Member

Miller, Daniel

Third Committee Member

Winet, Jon


The action and tradition of pilgrimage in any faith, is the accumulation of many small steps over a great distance leading to a sacred destination. Pilgrimage is a way of letting the outward journey of our bodies enrich and enable the inner journeys of our hearts and minds.

Roman Catholics undertake the pilgrimage to Rome in order to be close to the center of their faith. Millions flock to Lourdes, France to experience healing through touching the holy water where the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette. Others walk on foot across the ancient 800 km sacred route across Spain called the Camino de Santiago following in the footsteps of St. James. Regardless of the destination, pilgrims move within the geography of faith, along a path scattered with traces of holiness, in places where God’s grace has been shown abundantly to bring conversions of holiness.

My work is a visual representation of my personal experiences as a sojourner to these three sacred landscapes in an attempt to understand the profound sense of purpose and awakening that I encountered along the way.


vi, 24 pages


Copyright © 2019 Melissa Airy