FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018
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Italy: Future Missionaries on Pilgrimage

On November 14-18, 2017, the English language course in Belgium for new missionaries concluded with a trip to Italy to visit Rome and various Franciscan destinations. The course was open to members of the three Franciscan families of the First Order (OFM, OFM Cap., and OFM Conv.).

After nearly three months of study, eleven friars from different nations went on a weeklong pilgrimage, which included Assisi and other Franciscan places. They were led by Friar Jaroslav WYSOCZAŃSKI, OFM Conv., the Secretary General for Missionary Animation (SGAM).
The pilgrims visited Rome, Greccio, Fontecolombo and Assisi. For most of them, it was their first experience in the land of the Poverello. The atmosphere of the pilgrimage was fraternal and prayerful.
On the first day, the participants made a scheduled visit to the General Curia of the Conventual Franciscans. There, they met with the community of the friary of the Twelve Holy Apostles and took part in a fraternal discussion about their experience.
The pilgrimage to Assisi was a profound experience for the new missionaries; they got to know the places where our charism and our fraternity were born.

Friar Alphonse VAZHAPPANADY, SGAM Vice-Secretary

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