Assisi pilgrimsIn January, students Chelsea Aiello (Nursing) and Annessa Stahler (Early Childhood Education) returned from their Franciscan Pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, Italy.

The pilgrimage brings together students of various faith traditions from Franciscan institutions across the US to reflect on and learn from the vision and values of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi.

The highlight of the pilgrimage for Chelsea and Annessa was their visit to Carceri, a retreat area that St. Francis used in Assisi.

"We had a chance to walk around the top and inside Carceri," says Annessa. "We took a taxi to the top and when we were done exploring, we walked the whole way down and back to Assisi. The scenery was breathtaking.

"It's hard to imagine St. Francis walking everywhere barefoot but when you have the chance to see what he saw, it makes sense for him to walk. We were told that we were going to be 'praying with our feet' on this pilgrimage and we did just that. It was amazing."