Monday, November 22, 2010

Arrivederci Roma - Pauline Pilgrimage 2010

The 2010 Pauline Pilgrimage was a great adventure which started in Milan and ended in Rome with many stops in between to discover the legacy of Blessed James Alberione which he built up as the Pauline Family tree with its 10 branches, first in Italy and then around the world. The visitation of St. Paul to Blessed James Alberione has inspired him, and, equally so, his spiritual sons and daughters; so much so that the 2010 Pauline Pilgrimage included visits to Tre Fontane where St. Paul was martyred, Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls where his tomb was discovered, & the place where under house arrest St. Paul wrote his letter to the Romans.

Many thanks to the countless kindnesses of my very dear fellow Pilgrims--Father Paul Aveni who was our Chaplain; Sr. Margaret Charles, FSP, Director of Pauline Cooperators (USA); Sr. Margaret Joseph, FSP; Sr. Anne F., FSP; Sr. Helena B., FSP; Mary Ann T.; Rae S.; Marguerite, Angela, Carol, Phivan; Rob; Dan; Marguerite who joined us in Assisi and Rome; my husband John; and Rosella, our tour director. May God bless them all and those who welcomed us with open hearts and open arms and open minds--the wonderful priests, brother and sisters in the Pauline Family in Italy. and those in USA, who were the movers behind the scenes and who accompanied us with their endorsements & very special prayers which accompanied us in the circuitous roads and beautiful vistas of Italy.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!


1 comment:

Maryann said...

As a fellow Pilgrim on the recent trip to Italy, I too would like to thank all of my fellow Pilgrims for a wonderful journey that started in Milan and ended in Rome. Following in the footsteps of Blessed Alberione and visiting the places of the beginning of the Pauline family was an experience that I will always treasure. I especially enjoyed visiting the Cathedral of Alba where Blessed Alberione prayed before the Blessed Sacrament and received a special light from the Eucharist and a new understanding of his mission. In response to Rae's suggestion for an Hour of Adoration every Monday, I would like to encourage all of us to make a commitment to make a weekly visit to the Lord. What a perfect time to start or continue this time of special prayer with the start of Advent this Sunday. Prayers and thanksgiving to the entire Pauline Family. I hope to share more of my thoughts about the Pilgrimage very soon and my love of being a Pauline Cooperator.