After an early morning bus ride through the Italian countryside, 38 JFRC students arrived in Assisi, ready to begin a day of spiritual reflection and growth. After some free time to explore the Basilica of St. Francis, the group gathered together to tour the church and learn a bit about the life of St. Francis and the history of the church. The guide explained the development of the two story basilica, as well as giving a detailed description of several frescoes, painted by the great artists Giotto and Cimabue, which depict scenes from the life of St. Francis. With a couple of hours free, the students split up into groups and spent time exploring the small town and enjoying the amazing weather. Feeling rejuvenated, the students gathered at the Basilica of Santa Chiara. This church is famous not only for its architecture but also for housing the crucifix originally located in the church of San Damiano, which is where St. Francis was called by Jesus Christ to repair the church After a period of reflection, the students hiked through the town to reach the Cathedral of St. Rufino. After a peaceful prayer service, the group headed down to the buses and went a short distance outside of the city to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. The basilica itself is beautiful, but what it houses within its walls is remarkable. Within the church is a smaller, more modest church, the Porziuncola, where St. Francis worshipped when he moved away from Assisi in his later life. Located just a few yards away from the church is the place where St. Francis died. The day of pilgrimage ended with a prayer service in a small chapel inside of the basilica. Afterwards, the group headed to a nearby agriturismo for a fabulous dinner. Quite satisfied by a great meal and a day of reflection, the pilgrims returned to the John Felice Rome Center late that night.