The Pilgrim's Journey

What You Should Know about St. Benedict’s Medal

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 9th, 2020Italy, Saints

July 11th is the feast of St. Benedict of Nursia, a first century saint whose works still have an effect on the world today. Born in 480 into a life of wealth and nobility, Benedict left it all behind at the age of 20. Studying in Rome, he was not pleased with his life there … Read More

Living a Life Surrounded by the Eucharist

Bri CampbellLast Updated: June 11th, 2020Featured Pilgrimages, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

This year, I’ve been particularly noticing the great amount of celebrations within the Church calendar, especially those since Holy Week. I don’t know if it’s just a special quirk of extra attentiveness, or if the tumultuous events that have filled 2020 so far have kept me looking out for the hidden brightness in our world … Read More

A Feast, A Chair, and A Man

Bri CampbellLast Updated: June 4th, 2020Italy, Saints

A hop, jump, and skip away, across the pond, through the massive doors of St. Peter’s Basilica, past the behemoth main altar, and just below the famous stained-glass window of the Holy Spirit, resides an enormous work of bronze created by the great Baroque artist Bernini. Grand in scale and precise in details, the sculptor … Read More

Let Living Waters Flow

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: November 7th, 2019Italy

Entering St John Lateran in Rome is a homecoming for Catholics. It’s also a witness to the seeds of faith planted by the blood of martyrs. Standing atop the monumental church are statues of the apostles holding the instruments used in their martyrdom. They seem more like pillars holding up the Church, showing us the … Read More

St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Main Rule: Pray Always!

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 29th, 2020Italy, Saints

It’s fitting that the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Rome holds the sacred icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. St. Alphonsus wrote The Glories of Mary, one of the most used books of devotion to the Virgin Mary. In Rome, the church that houses his tomb, is a beautiful chapel that holds the … Read More

The Holy Eucharist Never Stops Inspiring

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 18th, 2019Italy

A Basilian monk, who had doubted the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, was celebrating Mass, and at the consecration, saw that the Host had changed into flesh. The wine had changed into blood; clotting and coagulating into five clots of differing sizes. His doubt led to the first recorded Eucharistic Miracle, making … Read More

This Powerhouse of a Saint Finds more than Lost Items

Jennifer LindbergLast Updated: June 13th, 2019Italy, Saints

The back of the envelope had the initials S.A.G. with a cross on each side. Inside, was some money and the sender –a wise mother– had invoked St. Anthony of Padua to make sure it got to her daughter who was overseas. This was before cellphones, computers, and automatic transfers. It was just the 1980s, … Read More

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth – The Saints Who’ve Stood the Test of Time

Bri CampbellLast Updated: July 10th, 2020France, Italy, Marian Shrines of Europe, Medjugorje

What does “incorrupt” mean?The word “incorrupt” means “not having undergone decomposition, especially of a human body.” When a body is exhumed for examination and judged incorruptible, they are generally seen as a saint, although the state of incorruptibility no longer is counted as a miracle towards an individual’s cause for sainthood, as it was in … Read More

Off the Beaten Path: Subiaco, Italy

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: December 14th, 2017Italy

This coming spring, one of our pilgrimage groups will visit Subiaco, Italy. While this small town is often overlooked as a pilgrimage destination, it is well worth the short hour’s drive from Rome to see several historical and spiritual treasures. Sacro Speco Nestled in the hillside above the peaceful town, you’ll find Sacro Speco – … Read More

The Rosary: Prayer of Power and Consequence

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: June 4th, 2019Italy, Spiritual Reflections

The Rosary has a long and rich history. While it’s origins are often disputed, one thing those who pray the Rosary can agree with is this: it is a prayer of great power and consequence. From turning the winds to bring about victory in battle, to turning a satanist into a saint, this prayer of … Read More

St. Dominic and the Origins of the Rosary

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: June 4th, 2019France, Italy, Spiritual Reflections

While some dispute the historical account of the presentation of the Rosary by Our Lady to St. Dominic, many theologians and Popes have upheld this understanding. History reveals that St. Dominic was the first to preach and teach the Rosary as a form of meditative prayer, and the first to see the benefits reaped from … Read More

When in Rome, Graduate!

Stephanie EngelmanLast Updated: July 14th, 2017Italy

When given the option of either journeying to Rome or attending her own college graduation, it was a no-brainer for Indiana University Indianapolis senior Bri Campbell. For the past four years, she had dedicated any and all free time she had to the Catholic student community on campus and the parish associated with it, St. … Read More