• Congratulations 2014 faculty pilgrims

    By Sr. Ann Carmen Barone, OSF
    March 26, 2014

    Going back to my pilgrimage experience only takes a little invitation – a word, a picture, a story....

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  • Introducing the 2014 student pilgrims

    By Sr. Ann Carmen Barone, OSF
    December 6, 2013

    This year's pilgrims won't have to walk from Rome to Assisi but they will have an opportunity to walk many miles exploring the city that was home to St. Francis and St. Clare.

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  • Life is settling

    By Student Pilgrims
    January 2, 2013

    Although it has been a series of unfortunate events for us the pilgrimage is the biggest blessing I've had. Through all the craziness with the flights and luggage I have still managed to see God’s grace and love.

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  • A glitch in the travels

    By Student Pilgrims
    January 1, 2013

    Well, after some flight connection issues, we made it to Rome. Sadly, our luggage didn't. Emily's made it over the weekend and she's been sharing her clothes. We arrived in Assisi on New Year's eve.

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  • We're on our way!

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 27, 2012

    The storm has passed and the snow is cleared. This was supposed to be an uneventful trip – until the flight from Detroit to New York was delayed and we realized that we would miss the connection from NY to Rome.

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  • Countdown

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 17, 2012

    After the weeks of preparation and anticipation...it’s FINALLY here!

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  • Monday, June 4

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    June 6, 2012

    On June 4 we traveled by train from Florence to Venice for a very quick visit. We did not stop for the American breakfast offered at the McDonalds in the train station. What does that sign say about Americans food choices?

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  • Sunday, June 3

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    June 3, 2012

    Last day in Firenze! We visited the Pitti Palace of the Medici. Ironically, the throne room also included Christ on His throne, quite a statement of affinity. We walked through more than 50 some rooms stuffed floor to ceiling with Rubens, Titians, Tintorettos, and painted ceilings.

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  • Saturday, June 2

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    June 2, 2012

    Today we visited the uffizi gallery. It was exhausting to see miles of renaissance and medieval art all compacted into one space. However, we enjoyed the Botticelli gallery and the Caravaggios. I am drawn to the dichotomies.

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  • Friday, June 1

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    June 1, 2012

    We (Holly and Karen) stayed an extra night in Rome meeting with former colleague, Sr. Jaculin Manders. We got a lesson on Roman public bus system from her.

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  • Tuesday, May 29

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 29, 2012

    Today began bright an early with breakfast at 6:30. From there the entire group went to St. Peter's Basilica for mass at the tomb of Blessed John XXIII. Sr. Rosine was a Eucharist Minister and Mallie was a reader here (how cool is that!).

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  • Monday, May 28

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 28, 2012

    Merry Christmas!!!!! Today we left Assisi and traveled to Greccio - where Francis began the wonderful tradition of the Creche (Nativity Scene).

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  • Sunday, May 27

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 27, 2012

    Thus begins our 7:30 am lecture on faith. "faith is a risk," claims Fr. Andre. He deftly weaves together the historical, the intellectual, the personal, the spiritual to reveal what that means.

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  • Friday, May 25

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 25, 2012

    The taxi ride today down from Assisi to the valley allowed us to view the city on a beautiful sunny day ( not like our dreary entry ride into Assisi).

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  • Reflection

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 25, 2012

    We awake to a great fog rolling in over the plain and the sounds of doves and a late-to-bed owl. The day begins with a prayer service on the rooftop. The fog slowly eats the silent, shrouded city, and our voices in song soar out over red rooftops dematerializing in the mist.

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  • Thursday, May 24

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 24, 2012

    Today has been my favorite so far. We had mass this morning at the Basilica of St. Clare. We had mass in the crypt underneath the church where St Clare's body is.

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  • Thursday, May 24

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 24, 2012

    When some of the pilgrims were using their reposito (afternoon siesta) for it's intended purpose, we chose to go hiking and exploring. First we chose to hike uphill to see San Rufino church. It was beautiful and holds the font where both St. Clare and St. Francis were baptized.

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  • Wednesday, May 23

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 23, 2012

    We awoke this morning to the swallows singing outside our windows and fog over the city. We had a quick breakfast and then were off for a walking lecture. We started in the Piazza and then went to the "New Church."

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  • Tuesday, May 22

    By Faculty & Staff Pilgrims
    May 22, 2012

    Detroit airport was a breeze. Laurie had some issues with ticket and boarding pass and was told she would have to check in once in Chicago to get boarding pass.

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  • Rome

    By Student Pilgrims
    January 30, 2012

    So having a pretty sweet time in Italy! St. Peters is AMAZING took my breath away

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  • A little bit of home...

    By Student Pilgrims
    January 4, 2012

    Mmmh Italian McDonald's.. pistachio flurry looked disgusting but tasted amazing.

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  • Buon Anno!

    By Student Pilgrims
    January 1, 2012

    I couldn't dream a place better than this. I woke up in a cloud and watched the most amazing sunset tonight. More than perfect, loving Assisi!

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  • The New Year in Assisi

    By Student Pilgrims
    January 1, 2012

    Assisi is beautiful! We are all loving Assisi! You see God's beauty everywhere and you feel the peace and love all over. We celebrated New Year in Assisi and we really enjoyed our time at the square!

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  • Day 1 Recap

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 29, 2011

    What a beautiful day in Rome! Got here at 7 as the sun was rising, checked into a room with an awesome view, fed pigeons at Vatican square and toured ancient Rome. One day down, nine more to go!

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  • So much to experience

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 29, 2011

    Mass in the Vatican, climbing 520 stairs in the Vatican and feeding a seagull from the tippy top, visiting the Pantheon, tossing a coin into Trevi fountain, learning the true concept of "Italian space"

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  • We're here

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 28, 2011

    We just arrived in Rome and we didn't have any problems at all! We are sitting at the hotel lobby drinking cappuccino!

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  • First thoughts

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 28, 2011

    ROME is amazing!

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  • The pilgrimage begins

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 27, 2011

    We're all set and ready to go! It will be an experience of a lifetime!

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  • Practicing for the trip

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 27, 2011

    Siamo sulla buona strada : )

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  • The group gathers

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 27, 2011

    We're in Atlanta. We just met the other pilgrims!

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  • 2011 Student Pilgrims

    By Student Pilgrims
    December 19, 2011

    Ali ElMokdad, Benjamin Jakeway, Aileen Santry and Allison Walter have their passport ready, their bags packed and are ready for the annual Franciscan Student Pilgrimage to Italy!

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