Pilgrimage 2020

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Our 13th Annual Fall Pilgrimage
November 5th–November 14th


Each year, the Assisi Project brings a small group of pilgrims to Italy in order to literally walk in the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. This year, our pilgrimage will explore the deep and mystical relationship between the Gospel of Christ and the life and example of Saint Francis of Assisi. We are pleased to announce that Father Jim Achadinha and Cliff Garvey will lead our 13th Annual Fall Pilgrimage: Living Gospel, Living Francis from November 5th through November 14th.

As a fellowship of pilgrims, we will begin each day with Morning Prayer & Mass. Father Jim will celebrate Masses at the Basilica of Saint Francis, the Basilica of Saint Clare, the Basilica of Our Lady of Angels, the Carceri Hermitage, the Maddalena Chapel, and the Franciscan Sanctuary at La Verna. After Mass, we will tour these sacred sites and learn about how Francis and Clare lived the gospel and called countless others to do the same. Most afternoons, our pilgrims will enjoy a unique opportunity to explore Assisi at their own pace; to enjoy the atmosphere and culture of the medieval city; and to pray in its many ancient chapels and churches. Each evening, we will gather for supper, formation, and faith sharing; and Cliff will offer a reflection on Franciscan prayer and spirituality.

Our travels with take us to the Basilicas of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Each of these blessed shrines contains the tombs of the saints, holy relics, historic frescoes, and priceless works of art, along with quiet chapels for personal prayer and reflection. We will also visit the Cathedral of Saint Rufinus, where Francis and Clare were baptized; the Church of Saint Damian, where Christ spoke to Francis and hastened his conversion; the hermitage where Francis and his first followers retreated for solitude and silence; and the little chapel known as the Porziuncola or “Little Portion” which is considered the home church of the worldwide Franciscan community.

We will spend several leisurely afternoons in and around the Piazza del Commune, Assisi’s city center with its sidewalk cafes, unique shops, and ancient Roman temple (now a Catholic Church consecrated to the Blessed Mother). Our more adventurous pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the Rocca Maggiore, the great medieval fortress with its stunning views of Assisi, Mount Subasio, and the Spoleto Valley. If weather permits, we will even trek (by motor coach) to the summit of the mountain!

In addition, we will travel to La Verna, the mountain sanctuary in Tuscany where Saint Francis received the stigmata. At La Verna, we will celebrate Mass, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch, and participate in the daily procession that commemorates how Francis received the five wounds of the Crucified Christ. Last but not least, we will journey for the first time ever to Montefalco, home of the Saint Francis Museum Complex and its priceless treasury of art depicting the life and times of the Poor Man of Assisi.

The cost of this extraordinary pilgrimage is $3549 per person which includes roundtrip airfare and fees (from Boston Logan Airport); all ground transportation (except for personal taxi services); eight nights accommodation (single room and private bathroom) at Casa Santa Brigida; and all meals in the guest house (breakfast, lunch, and supper). All are encouraged to purchase travel insurance: $275 per person. Prospective pilgrims should note that this pilgrimage is limited to just fourteen participants; involves some strenuous physical activity; and access to some pilgrimage sits in Italy is limited for those with physical disabilities. For more information, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. Reserve now! Space is limited!


About Us

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. The Assisi Project is a tax exempt non-profit charitable corporation. All donations support our ministry and our tax deductible. For more information about the Assisi Project and our upcoming opportunities for faith formation, prayer, and pilgrimage in the Franciscan spiritual tradition, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@assisiproject.com. May the Lord give you peace!

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