Dan and I took a pilgrimage to Italy with a group from our church.The trip celebrated the pastor’s 25th anniversary of his ordination and 30 years for two of the Deacons. We covered a lot of ground during our 10 days in Florence, Assisi and Rome.
We traveled with 46 others with most from the Warner Robins, GA area. We saw Michaelangelo’s David in the Art Gallery in Florence, visited both St. Francis and St. Clare’s Bascilia’s in Assisi, and toured famous sites in Rome for 5 days. We were able to have private Masses in several of the famous churches.
On the last full day we had with an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Though we were one small group in the audience hall holding 10,000, the church name was called and the Pope waved.
We finished the celebrating Mass at the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and then touring the actual catacombs. Our farewell dinner at Benito’s in Rome including free flowing wine and entertainment. People were dancing in the aisle of the bus as we returned to our hotel.