|Legion seminarians prayed for intentions at more than 30 churches in Rome|
Below is a brief summary by Brother Andrew Gronotte LC
of what he and his fellow brothers experienced during the
“Churchathon” held Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Rome, Italy. They carried prayer intentions to more than 30 churches
from those who pledged funds to support their vocation. To read more about the event, click here.
Many have asked if they can still add their support,
and you can do so by clicking here or sending a check directly to Brother
Andrew Gronotte, LC
at Via Aurelia 677, 00165 Roma Italia.
-- We left the seminary at 8:00 am, a group
of 21 brothers. We had no idea what to expect
on the journey. We had all walked the
streets of Rome before, but mainly as tourists or just
showing groups around to some of the churches. This was
new. This was quite the experience.
After walking for about
20 minutes, we arrived at our first church (Madonna del
Riposo) where pilgrims used to stop and spend the night
before finishing their pilgrimages to St Peter’s.
we went to St Peter’s Basilica and had to wait
in line to go inside. Some of us were starting
to worry because it was already 9:50 am, and we
had only been in two churches. But the most dense
area of churches was yet to come. We crossed the
river and stared walking from church to church.
|The 21 brothers carried prayer intentions from those who pledged to support their vocation|
was impressed with the spirit with which we did this.
All the brothers had their list of intentions they pulled
out as we walked into each church. Some of the
brothers had not visited all these churches before.
But we all knew what we were coming to do
-- to intercede for all the intentions we had received.
There was a real, prayerful spirit through it all.
Each of us headed straight to an altar to
pray. Each altar was dedicated to someone in particular, a
saint, Mary, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, etc. (In the
first church I headed straight for the altar dedicated to
John Paul II.) After kneeling in prayer for
a few minutes, we would then admire the beautiful artwork.
By lunch we were all very tired, but I
don’t think anyone could tell because we were so happy
to be able to intercede for so many people.
By the end of the day we had visited 31
churches, and spent over 3 hrs in prayer. I am
sure that many graces were sent out that Saturday. Thanks
again for this wonderful opportunity to pray for you all.
I will continue to intercede for your intentions in my
daily adoration. God bless!
|They enjoyed some of the beautiful artwork in the churches of Rome|
Below are quotes from
some of my other companions on the journey…
Brother Stephen Dardis,
carrying the intentions in my pocket, I reflected often on
Christ’s story of the persistent widow, going again and again
to the Judge asking him to grant her request. That’s
what it was like Saturday, going to Christ in the
Eucharist, in church after church, insisting again and again for
these same petitions to be granted according to His will. This time will remain in my memory as
a joyful moment, offering the entire day to God for
the souls He wished to place along my path—and I
am most grateful.
Drew Patterson, LC:
What an epic journey and a torrent of grace! It
was a really beautiful experience to have this day dedicated
to prayer. Thanks be to God that by the time
we stumbled back onto our property at 8:00 pm, hungry,
sore and tired, we had walked close to 19 miles
through the city of Rome and fulfilled our goal of
visiting 30 churches (we actually visited 31!)
Brother John Bender, LC:
I just want to say
thank you to everyone who supported me and my fellow
seminarian brothers!!! There was a sincere spirit of prayer and
sacrifice among us during the entire pilgrimage. It was an
awesome experience! Please continue to count on my prayers for
your intentions, which I presented in every church I visited.
God bless you all.
Brother Samuel Chow, LC
It was a great experience to bring prayer intentions
that are dear to our friends and family before our
Lord in the Eucharist all throughout Rome.
Brother Diego Trillas, LC
It was providential that, on the
same day of our Churchathon, the Pope was visiting Mexico! I am very grateful to all of you
who are helping us in our vocation.
Brother Jerek Scherber, LC
I have never had such a spiritual
walk through Rome! It was really quite a trek, and
my hip is still reminding me! But I
would do it again in an instant. I went from
church to church with a list of names that my
sister had sent me of all her fellow pre-candidates in
Rhode Island. This list became my “pilgrim’s treasure,” the motivation
that kept me going, and the reminder of the often-repeated
lesson that when you are living for others, big sacrifices
become small, and small sacrifices become gold.