Assisi Scholars Continue Their Pilgrimage

Assisi Scholars Continue Their Pilgrimage

On Thursday, September 19 twenty-three seniors from Roger Bacon High School departed on a week-long pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome, 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 2020 Assisi Scholars include Lindsay Ballinger, Kelly Brenner, Sydney Cardwell, TJ DeWees, Haley Fulton, Mia Grooms, Anna Janzen, Charlie Johnstone, Anna Juengling, Rose Kaetzel, Bryan Koch, Miriam Kolis, Josiah McGee, Reiko Hargis-McGuirt, Annabelle Merz, Patrick Mulcahey, Karley Niesen, Megan Shooner, Lucas Strunc, Rebecca Mae Spears, Pablo Veran, Ryan Wissel, and Wongel Yohannes.

Joining the scholars on the trip are Principal Steve Schad, Administrative Assistant Amy Wilson, Assistant Advancement Director Rick Sollman, and Rick's wife, Kathy.      

Follow the scholars day by day as they experience this life-changing pilgrimage! Check out their daily travels below, and follow @AssisiScholars and @RBHS_Principal on Twitter!

Day 1 - September 19

The scholars travel from Cincinnati to Washington, D.C., departing in the evening for an overnight flight to Rome.

Day 2 - September 20

The scholars’ flight arrives in Rome. They will explore the city, taking a walking tour of Rome and celebrating the Eucharist in the Church of St. Louis. They will celebrate an evening meal together and reflect on their first day in Italy.      

Day 3 - September 21

The scholars will explore St. Peter's Basilica in the morning, followed by a bus trip to St. John Lateran and a prayer ritual in the Cappella Massimo in the afternoon. 

Day 4 - September 22

The Scholars will move to Greccio and then on to Assisi. They will visit La Rocca Maggiore and celebrate the Eucharist together.

Day 5 - September 23

The childhood and early life of St. Francis will be explored by visiting Chiesa Nuova, San Rufino, and Santa Maria Maggiore. The scholars will worship in the Shrine of Renunciation and learn more about the San Damiano Crucifix.

Day 6 - September 24

The scholars visit the Basilica of St. Clare and pray with the San Damiano Crucifix. In the afternoon, they will have time to explore Assisi and Carceri, a wilderness retreat for St. Francis and his brothers to spend time in prayer mediation.

Day 7 - September 25

The scholars will visit the Porziuncula (port-zee-unc-u-la), the church that St. Francis literally rebuilt. They will celebrate the Eucharist inside the chapel. The scholars will also visit San Rufino d'arce, the place where St. Francis cared for the lepers.  

Day 8 - September 26

Students will travel to the tomb of St. Francis in the Bascillica of St. Francis. Their final full day in Assisi, they will have free time to explore the city more together and reflect on the experiences of the past week.

Day 9 - September 27

The scholars will travel back to Rome and begin their journey back to Cincinnati!