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Catholics Embark on Spiritual Pilgrimage with New Installment in Popular Advent Series

[Exton, PA, December 1, 2022—]

Rejoice! Meditation series continues a legacy of Advent transformation with St. John the Baptist at the helm.

This Advent, Fr. Mark Toups will guide Catholics through the anchoring Scripture passages of the Advent season—the Sunday Mass readings. Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture helps Catholics journey through a busy season with more peace and joy, providing a prayer, a meditation, and guided journal questions for each day of Advent. 

Fr. Mark Toups, author of the Rejoice! Advent series, pastor of Our Lady of the Isle Church in Grand Isle, Louisiana, and vicar general of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, shares in the introduction of the series the special role of St. John the Baptist in this year’s meditations: “I pray that readers also come to know John the Baptist in a deeply personal way. He will serve as our pilgrimage leader on this sacred pilgrimage of Advent.”

Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture is the fifth installment in the Telly and ACP award-winning Advent meditation series enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Catholics. A companion for Advent, the Holy Spirit has worked through Rejoice! to provide transformation and healing: “This study changed my thoughts about Christmas so much that I cried during Mass on Christmas morning,” said Debra W., a past participant in the Rejoice!  program. 

To learn more about Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture, visit www.RejoiceProgram.com.

About Fr. Mark Toups

Ordained in 2001, Fr. Toups is a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, where he is the vicar general as well as pastor of Our Lady of the Isle Church in Grand Isle, Louisiana. In addition to his pastoral work, Fr. Toups is an adjunct faculty member for the Institute for Priestly Formation, specializing in communications, development, and spiritual direction. His many books and studies with Ascension help Catholics to deepen their prayer lives and encounter the Lord in meaningful ways, particularly through meditation on Scripture and celebration of the holy seasons of Advent and Lent. Fr. Toups is the author of Oremus: A Catholic Guide to Prayer, the Rejoice! Advent Meditations series, and the Lenten Companion series from Ascension.

About Ascension

Ascension is a multimedia network and the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Over the past 24 years, Ascension has helped nurture the faith of over 10 million Catholics through award-winning books, the chart-topping Bible in a Year podcast, more than 50 unique faith formation programs, and Ascension Presents, which hosts the largest Catholic YouTube channel in English.