We began our time together in Rome with a pilgrimage to Assisi. Contrary to the weather reports, we didn’t have the expected heavy rains – just unexpected heavy crowds! All Saints Day is a holiday in Italy, so the weekend drew many visitors. Despite some inconveniences, it was great to see so many families and tour groups coming to experience these holy places. It was especially good to see so many young people!
Grazie mille to Brother Michael McAward for organizing all the details of the day. He now has a permanent role on our team as official tour guide and pilgrimage leader. Shhhh…..don’t tell him we’re already making plans for next year. And thank you to Brother Domingo for planning our prayers, Fr. José Ramón for celebrating mass with us, and Brothers Charles-Henri and Michael for expertly chauffeuring us through unbelievable traffic jams and tight parking spaces.
Tomorrow we will begin the day with a mass for All Saints Day in the main chapel at Via Latina. Then we will begin our team meetings for the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities. We pray that the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare will guide us in the week ahead. Inspired by their simplicity, humility, and prayer, may we share their passion for God, creation, and renewal in our Church.