We had an 8 hour drive from Turin to Assisi but we planned it to be fun and spiritual along the way. I told my conversion story on all three buses. Teresa Tomeo and Liz Lev talked on all three buses, and the incomparable Fr. Scott Courtney enthused and excited each bus also along the way as well as praying the Rosary. We drove along the sea and then into the heart of Italy.
We arrived in Assisi in time for Mass where St. Francis “repaired the church”. The large Church of Mary of the Angels was built over the little church which St. Francis repaired.
We had a great dinner, settled in without a hitch and everyone is now sleeping — awaiting a marvelous day visiting all the spiritual sites in Assisi, starting with Mass at the Church of St. Clare. We will visit the tombs of both St. Clare and St. Francis and then the pilgrims will have the afternoon and evening free to pray, explore, shop, eat at delicious cafes, or whatever else they want to do.
Everything is going EXTREMELY well. Even with 150 pilgrims we are moving smoothly, efficiently and with great success. No complaints and lots of joy and compliments. Blessed be God forever!