Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Assisi Pilgrimage

Each academic term, students are invited to follow in the footsteps of both St Francis and St. Clare in Assisi as they pause in the Basilica of San Franceso to pray at Francis’ grave and the grave of Santa Chiara in the Basilica of Santa Chiara. Students visit Cathedral San Rufino where Clare certainly and Francis probably were baptized, as well as two buildings associated with Francis' family, the Chiesa Nuova, and San Francesco Piccolo. Students visit, reflect and pray before the San Damiano Cross and St. Clare’s childhood home, and may also join the friars in the evening Vespers prayer service, which takes place in the original church which Francis restored. Students also journey below Assisi to Santa Maria Degli Angeli and its Porziuncola, the humble chapel which Francis repaired, and where he and his brothers lived in the early days of his Franciscan order.