Assisi pilgrims

A group of pilgrims from Romsey Deanery including some from @acnbchurch have made pilgrimage to Assisi, the place where Francis received the call to ‘rebuild God’s church’

Francis himself chose to live apart from a world consumed by money, power and selfishness and instead to live a life following in the footsteps of Jesus, caring and loving all of creation.

Although Francis died nearly 800 years ago he remains one of the most influential Saints in all of Christendom. Many people both lay and religious continue to follow the rule of life that he introduced, to live in Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

Although much of his life was blighted by illness, malnutrition and depression he amassed a large following which continues today. How much more today do we need to look to the teachings of Christ in a world that seems to be bent on destruction.

Shows a softly lit Christian Chapel
Chapel at Greccio

The pilgrimage included visiting Florence seeing the rich record of life, culture and commerce from the Romans onwards. From there pilgrims moved Assisi and have explored the sites that were foundational to the growth of the Franciscan order.

It has been a spiritually inspiring journey exploring the life of St. Francis as a pilgrim group. New insights into the struggle of faith and the sometimes complex history of the Church, and the influence individuals can have in effecting change through living out the gospel

Andrew Ashdown
Group of pilgrims eat lunch
Romsey Deanery Pilgrimage

Francis life was dramatically changed after time as a Prisoner of War and a serious illness. He received a call to rebuild the Church. Initially he interpreted this quite literally and began to work on the restoration of the chapel at San Damiano.

It became clear to him that in fact God was calling him to a wider work of service in the church. By 1209 he had composed the first version of the Franciscan rule which was ‘To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and walking his footsteps’. He was made a saint in 1228.

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