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Rome Pilgrimage 2016

Thirty Brebeuf students and teachers were on an Easter pilgrimage to Rome. 
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The group attended Easter Sunday Mass at St. Peter's.

Earlier in the week, the group had an opportunity to meet Msgr. Owen Keenan (Brebeuf class of ’91) who is now working in the Secretariat of State for the Pope in Rome. The Pilgrimage leader is Fr. Thomas Murphy L.C. (the Legionaries of Christ) who is very familiar to our Brebeuf community. The group visited many important sites in Rome including St. Peter’s Basilica, La Chiesa del Gesù (the Jesuit home church in Rome where St. Ignatius’ remains lie), the Shroud of Turin and the Holy Stairs.  The group has also visited Norcia (the hometown of St Benedict) and Assisi.  Since they have been stationed at the Legionary Seminary in Rome, they have been taking part of the Holy Week activities, masses and prayers that are a part of daily life for the seminarians.  It is truly a moving Faith-filled experience for our staff and young men.

“The trip was very meaningful because as young Catholics, we learned many new things about our faith and got the opportunity to grow closer to Christ.” - Diego Ardon (Grade 10)

“During the Rome Pilgrimage I grew in my faith and made great friends. I also came to feel closer to God, even after coming home.” - Sonny Mann (Grade 9)

“The recent pilgrimage to Rome was a remarkable, faith-igniting experience for me. This, personally, was a rare opportunity I was privileged to take part in to discover more about myself and my spiritual relationship with God. It was incredibly awe inspiring to learn about the origins of Christianity and the inheritance of living out Christ’s will throughout the ages. This experience added an entirely new dimension to my current spiritual life, giving strong definition to the terms “martyr” and “evangelize”. This pilgrimage was like a wake-up call which rekindled my desire to take up my cross daily and follow Christ. Although I was enduring some challenges prior to coming on this pilgrimage, the realization of what Jesus endured for all of us left a significant impact on me; it compelled me to not fear suffering, but rather to embrace it and allow God to carry you through the pain. Overall this was a true blessing to bond with each of my brothers in Christ and further my relationship with God.” – Nathan Almeida (Grade 12)​


Brebeuf boys in Rome