On the Solemnity of the Our Lady’s Assumption, while many Romans went for the Ferr'agosto, the missionaries-to-be-sent who are currently in Rome, Cl. Miguel Angel Condo Soto, P. Gabriel Cruz Trejo, P. Sławomir Drapiewski, Br. Jose Maria Castillo, together with Fr. Alfred Maravilla of the Missions Sector went through the ancient Christian tradition walking to all the Churches for a pilgrimage to all of the seven basilicas in Rome. The journey was approximately a 30 kilometers. They opened their Holy Year of Mercy Pilgrimage at the Basilica of St. Peter followed by the churches of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, St. Sebastian Outside the Walls, Basilica of St. John Lateran, Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside-the-Walls, and ended at the Basilica of St. Mary Major walking all throughout the journey.
Along the way, they also visited some important historical and religious places marking significance to the growth of our early Christian faith. With the help of Fr. Alfred, the pilgrims also reflected upon the life of early Christians, the faith journey of St. Paul, the meeting of Peter and Paul, the life and the persecution of Christians, the and some insights on missionary life/lessons by remembering past events that happened and looking into the ancient structures along the journey in between the churches. This was a tiring but inspiring pilgrimage to the roots of our faith.
The missionaries greeted Fr. Alfred who celebrated his 24th Anniversary as a Salesian Priest (15/8).
A blessed feast day of Mary Assumed into heaven and #HappyBirthdayDonBosco to all from the missionaries in Rome!