This Rome/Assisi Pilgrimage runs from September 1 -12, 2021!
12 days
Assisi, Rome, Foligno, Cortona, Viterbo

This pilgrimage offers pilgrims the opportunity to explore how Franciscan spirituality follows a counter-cultural approach to life. By exploring the vocation choices of Francis and Clare and prominent lay Franciscans such as Lady Jacopa dei Settesoli, Angela of Foligno, Margaret of Cortona, and Rose of Viterbo, this pilgrimage offers opportunities to discern real life decisions such as career/vocation; family life; use of money and resources; and leadership in our world. The pilgrimage includes meal and evening prayer with the Sant’Egidio community at Santa Maria in Trastevere.


Pilgrimage Leaders –

Darleen Pryds has taught at the Franciscan School of Theology since 2001 and is a leading expert on the lay Franciscan tradition. She has written three books and many articles on the subject, and has filmed two lecture series with Now You Know Media/Learn 25 on lay spirituality and the spirituality of dying and death. In her spare time, she volunteers as a caregiver in hospice and takes long hikes with her husband and their dog, Gioco.



Jean-François Godet-Calogeras is a Franciscan scholar who is internationally known for his publications on the early Franciscan documents, in particular the writings of Francis and Clare of Assisi, and for his lectures and workshops on early Franciscan history. A native of Belgium, he received his education in classical philology and medieval studies at the Catholic University of Louvain. In the early 1980s he facilitated the international work group which elaborated the text of the new Rule of the Third Order Regular. Jean-François has resided in the USA since 1991, and is now professor emeritus of Franciscan Studies at Saint Bonaventure University. He lives with his wife, Athena, in the Enchanted Mountains of Allegany, Western New York.



Tentative Daily Schedule

September 1-12, 2021 Eleven Days. The final pilgrimage may undergo slight modification to accommodate sanctuary schedules.



Tentative Daily Schedule

Day 1

Departure for Rome

Day 2

Arrival in Rome, Orientation, Dinner       

Day 3

The Beautiful Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

Day 4

AM: San Francesco a Ripa and Lady Jacopa—discerning Right Use of Resources

PM: Santa Maria in Trastevere and Sant’Egidio Community—Living with the Poor

Day 5

International Women’s Day

To Assisi via Foligno: Angela of Foligno—Authenticity in the Face of Judgement

Day 6

Assisi; San Francesco—tomb of Lady Jacopa; Santa Chiara

Day 7

San Damiano; optional walking meditation from Spello to Assisi

Day 8

Day Trip to Cortona: Margaret of Cortona—Conflict and the Spiritual Path

Day 9

Carceri—The Spiritual Path and Time/Space for Clear Understanding

Day 10

To Rome via Viterbo: Rosa of Viterbo—Speaking One’s Truth

Day 11

Departure from Rome

Pilgrimage cost includes: pensioni that is clean, comfortable, secure and well located; three meals per day with few exceptions; transportation by air-conditioned coach; all tips, offerings and sanctuary fees; books, notebooks, full services of staff; daily input with lectures and conferences. Snacks and shopping not included.

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