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Pilgrimage to Italy and Spiritual Renewal

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Forgive me for not having posted in several weeks! Lots of changes and busyness has kept me from regular blog posts!

In late June, priests transfers brought a new pastor and another assistant to the parish where I was assigned and then after the unexpected death of another priest, I was asked to become the temporary administrator of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in New Bedford, MA. Needless to say, when changes come our way and when things get busy, the order and routine of our lives can get messed up, sometimes even our spiritual lives.

Just this past week, I returned from a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi and Sienna! I led a group over for the diaconate ordination of one of our diocesan seminarians! As most pilgrimages are, it was a time of great spiritual renewal for me personally! God blessed us with so many wonderful experiences (and lots of great food).

Walking the streets of the Eternal City, praying and celebrating Holy Mass at the tombs of great saints, recalling the history and rich traditions of our Catholic faith renew me spiritually in so many ways: my conviction of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, my desire for greater personal holiness and my love of the Catholic Church!

Now that things have settled down a bit, I hope to get back into the routine of more regular posts!

Here are a couple of pictures from the pilgrimage! Let me know if you are interested in joining me in future pilgrimages (I think Portugal and Spain are next).

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An Altar dedicated to Saint Pope John Paul II in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia
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Celebrating Holy Mass at Santa Maria alle Fornaci

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St Peter’s Square for the Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis

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Celebrating Holy Mass at Santa Maria dell’Angeli in Assisi

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 Mass at the Tomb of St. Francis of Assisi

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