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Flyers and Friars Unite

By John LeComte

Friar derives from the Latin, "Frater" meaning Brother. According to the history which dates back to the 13th century, when Saint Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan order, he intended the brothers to live in a community without rank or title. This pilgrimage has evolved into a theological experience and lifelong lesson for these young UD students.

"The Franciscan Friars have taught me great deal about hospitality, how to love, and forgiveness in a few short days," said Taylor Tovey, a junior education major. "The friars we have met here have a great desire to love the lord and serve their community."

As I mentioned in my initial blog, this group of students, called Chaminade Scholars, along with Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski from the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives and Elizabeth Montgomery from Campus Ministry, have embarked on a 12 day pilgrimage from Assisi to Rome. It's the culmination of a university course titled, "Vocation and Arts" and students now dive deeper into vocation while reflecting on the historic sites and holy places in the ancient city of Assisi.

"We begin each day with prayer," says Sr. Angela Ann." We have our own special masses and students find their personal sacred spaces. The Franciscans opened up their house to us."

Part of being community includes the wonderful meals the Friars have cooked up for the Chamis during their time here. I'm told they have shared spiritual, in-depth conversations and the students have been inspired.

"The Franciscan Friars humbly give of themselves, while spreading joy," said Tovey.

Below in the photo gallery you will witness what the students have experienced. These images have been emailed to me from Tovey and Sr. Angela, who are now traveling to Rome with the group. You could say I'm just the messenger. But the message is clear.

Twelve days, Fifteen students, one pilgrimage.

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