Day 1

We are very happy to welcome to Rome Sister Caridad, OCD, and Sister Gaudencia, OCD, from the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles!

The other Sisters of our Group--the School Sisters of Christ the King and the Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln--have had a true pilgrimage experience of travel: due to inclement weather, their flight was re-routed and they are now arriving a day later than expected.

In the morning, those of us already here for the pilgrimage visited the rooms of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, S.J., on his feast day.

In the afternoon, we visited the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island which has second class relics of twenty and twenty-first century martyrs from Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceana, as well as from those martyred during the persecution of Christians during the Nazi regime and Communism.
Basilica of St. Bartholomew

Side chapel of the Basilica
commemorating Martyrs killed during Communism

Praying with the Martyrs was a powerful start to this time of interior renewal at the Heart of the Church.

Sister Caridad, OCD, Sister Gaudencia, OCD and Sister Mary Hanah, RSM
Visit to the Tiber Island where the Basilica of St. Bartholomew is located


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