About

A Field Hospital for Wayfaring Souls

Sick Pilgrim, winner of the 2017 Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Award for best faith-based blog, was founded by Jessica Mesman Griffith and Jonathan Ryan as a space for the spiritually sick, and their fellow travelers, to rest a while. We’re Catholic, but we write for those who are here in the church with us and those who are attracted to Catholicism but can’t find their way in; for those who have Catholic minds or Catholic aesthetics or Catholic hearts but remain, for whatever reason, outside the church; and for those who feel they must seek outside Catholicism to meet their spiritual needs. We want to invite people in, encourage them to look around, raid the church for treasures–magic, beauty–and claim what’s theirs.

About our logo:

Our mascot is the religious traveler to America, the truth and freedom-seeking Pilgrim. But drawn…well, badly. Childishly. We believe that American Christianity is sick, and for that matter, we know that the original European pilgrims displaced and sickened the indigenous peoples of this land. It might be easy to become paralyzed when we think that every step we take impacts another, and yet there’s comfort in companionship and knowing we’re all part of the Body of Christ. We know we’re doing it wrong, but we keep rambling on the pilgrim path. And searching for fellow travelers.

“The farthest star and the mud at our feet are a family; and there is no decency or sense in honoring one thing, or a few things, and then closing the list. The pine tree, the leopard, the river and ourselves — we are at risk together, or we are on our way to a sustainable world together. We are each other’s destiny.” — Mary Oliver