Assisi Scholars continue to explore Assisi!

Assisi Scholars continue to explore Assisi!

On Thursday, September 20 twenty-six seniors from Roger Bacon High School departed on a week-long pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, Italy. The trip is the culmination of three years in the Assisi Scholars Program. As pilgrims, the students will be walking in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, visiting the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, and Vatican City. 

The Class of 2018 Assisi Scholars are:

Aiden Garrett -- Allison Holt -- Andrew DeMain -- Andrew Gruenwald -- Anna Perry -- Anneliese Lorsbach -- Christine Hoffmann -- Derek Drago -- Destinee Byrd  -- Emily M Bruns -- Emma Mullen -- Emma Sauer -- Erin Koch -- Jack Clevidence -- Jacob Beyer -- Jalyn Jackson -- Lauren Middendorf -- Mary Kate DeWees -- Megan Suffoletta -- Rebecca Dance -- Sam Placke -- Samantha Huber -- Shannon Seiler -- Thomas Dunn -- Victoria Childers -- Zackary Howell

Joining the Scholars on the trip are Principal, Steve Schad,  Admissions and Communications Director, Brandon Cowans, Business Office Manager, Mary Beth Hausfeld as well as three students  and a chaperone from Oldenburg Academy and Padua Franciscan (Parma). Additionally, Mr. Schad's sister, and 1973 OLA grad will be joining the group.

Be sure to follow their journey on Twitter @AssisiScholars for photos and updates.


Day 7 - Francis' Life of Penance (San Francesco, S.M. degli Angeli, San Rufino, La Maddalena, Rivo Torto) (Thursday, September 27)


The scholars visited the tomb of St. Francis and celebrated Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis. Afterwards, they made their way to the Portiuncola (port-zee-unc-u-la), the church that St. Francis literally rebuilt and visited San Rufino d'arce, the place where St. Francis cared for the lepers.


Day 6 - St. Clare (Santa Chiara, San Damiano, Clare's Departure) (Wednesday, September 26)

The day began by visiting the Basilica of St. Clare. The Basilica houses the wooden crucifix that is said to have spoken to St. Francis -- now known as the San Damiano Cross.

The pilgrims will then head to the Chapel of San Damiano, approximately a mile outside of Assisi, to celebrate the Eucharist followed by a healing ritual.


Day 5 - Francis' Conversion (Santa Maria Maggiore and San Damiano Cross) (Tuesday, September 25)

The Scholars began their day watching a video about the time young Francis spent in prison, then went on a historical visit to Santa Maria Maggiore (the original cathedral of Assisi, Italy.)

The conversions of St. Francis and St. Clare will be explored as the scholars learn about the San Damiano Cross


*TONIGHT, the Assisi Scholars will be LIVE at the town square at 3PM Cincinnati time. Be sure to watch and share in the fun by clicking here.

Day 4 - Assisi History, Francis and his family (Rocca Maggiore, San Rufino, Chiesa Nuova, Bernardone House, Carceri) (Monday, September 24) (Monday, September 24)

The childhood and early life of St. Francis was explored by visiting the Rocca Maggiore (the original fortress of Assisi), Chiesa Nuova (the birthplace of St. Francis) and San Rufino (the church where St. Francis and St. Clare were both baptized).

Day 3 - Arrive in Assisi (La Foresta, and Greccio) (Sunday, September 23)

The Scholars departed Rome and began their journey to Assisi. On the way they made their first stop at Santa Maria della Forresta, where St. Francis would retreat for prayer and reflection. Their next stop was Greccio, where St. Francis constructed the first nativity scene.

They arrived in Assisi where they celebrated Mass and shared dinner as a group.

Day 2 - Francis in Rome (San Giovanni Laterano and San Pietro) (Saturday, September 22)

The day began with a prayer service and learning about St. Francis and Pope Innocent III. Afterwards, the Scholars headed to the Cathedral Church of Rome, the Papal Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran. It is the oldest of the four papal major basilicas.

In the evening, the Scholars walked to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Day 1 - Arrival (Friday, September 21)

The Scholars' flight arrived in Rome (after a change of plane in Chicago)  and they checked into the Casa Tra Noi.  After a much needed riposo (rest), they will be given an orientation for their pilgrimage in Rome, then take a walk through the historic city where they enjoy their first cena (dinner) as a group. In the photo above, they are in Vatican City, taking in all the historic architecture.