11 days
Assisi, Rome, Foligno, Cortona, Greccio

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

October 12-22, 2023


The final pilgrimage may undergo slight modification to accommodate sanctuary schedules.


Tentative Daily Schedule

Day 1

Depart the USA for Rome, IT

Day 2

Arrival in Rome & Orientation; St. Peter’s Basilica

Day 3

San Francesco a Ripa and Lady Jacopa—Discerning Right Use of Resources

Day 4

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

Day 5

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

San Damiano

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; ; Optional Walking Meditation to/from Carceri

Day 10

To Rome via Greccio

Day 11

Departure from Rome to the USA

October 12 – 22, 2023 • Eleven Days

Pilgrimage cost includes: pensioni that is clean, comfortable, secure and well located; three meals per day with few exceptions; all tips, offerings and sanctuary fees; books, notebooks, full services of staff; daily input with lectures and conferences. Snacks and shopping not included. NEW FOR 2023: To offer you the most flexibility in making flight arrangements, we have decided to offer Land Only prices for our pilgrimages this year.  If you would like to use a travel agent to book your flights, please contact Barbara Witkowski, at Rex Travel (1.800.777.7739).   We ask that all pilgrims meet our staff at Fiumicino Airport (Rome) or Ben Gurion Airport (Tel Aviv) outside of Customs at noon on Day 2 of the pilgrimage (Day 1 is a travel day).   Our buses will leave soon thereafter.  If you miss the bus, you will be responsible to meet the group at your first hotel.

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