Australia and Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs
Why do we undertake a Pilgrimage?
How can our young people be given the means to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence and to accept and appreciate the difference of culture, religion and colour? Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs bring students and communities to Assisi to learn more about values, beliefs and peace-making through walking in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare, two saints whose lives continue to be relevant to all people today.
Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs has offered opportunities to make a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, Italy for the past 45 years.
The programs are designed to be a spiritual pilgrimage. The underlying philosophy of our pilgrimages is the belief that meaning and direction for life is not bound by chronological age.
Putting words to the experience of pilgrimage is not easy because words are often inadequate to describe an experience of God, a deepening of one's faith. That is what the Franciscan pilgrimage is all about - experiencing God, growing in one's faith, becoming more loving and generous in thoughts, word, and deeds.
Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs Australia invites students and communities to make a journey to the homeland of Saints Francis and Clare; to walk the streets that they walked; to visit the places they visited; to seek to understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Franciscan vision while making connections to their own journey in faith.
In addition to the pilgrimage program, there will be time for personal sightseeing, shopping and savouring the delights of the Italian way of life.
What is included in the pilgrimage?
Each pilgrimage consists of input by well-prepared, trained staff • wholesome meals served family style • visits to sacred Christian and Franciscan places • solid historical information • free time • good fun with companion pilgrims • daily prayer and Eucharist at holy places • spiritual conferences • opportunities to enjoy local cafes and restaurants • time to revisit places of special meaning • suggestions on where to shop • time to enjoy the beautiful countryside and culture • time for quiet.
The Faces of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs Australia are Dora and Ian Luxton. They have participated in a number of pilgrimages and can provide assistance with aspects of preparation in order to ensure a rewarding pilgrimage experience. Some ways that Dora and Ian can assist include:
sharing their experience of pilgrimage with your community
providing information for interest meetings
exploring options relating to single/joint school pilgrimages and working with Franciscan Schools Australia http://www.fsa.asn.au
assisting with customising a pilgrimage unique to your specific goals and with necessary documentation for your pilgrimage
liaising with FPP(USA) on your behalf
preparing participants to be pilgrims
assisting with evaluation/debriefing session(s) post pilgrimage to gauge new insights, discoveries and transformation.