Rome, Italy -- Seeing the churches of
Rome is a tour many travelers would want to take. But imagine seeing all those churches in just
12 hours! This is what the Legion of
Christ seminarians who work and study in the ancient city
got to do this past Advent season.
On December 22, 2012,
these 25 young men walked through the streets of Rome
stopping to pray at 25 Catholic churches starting at the
Basilica of Saint Mary Majors and ending at the Basilica
of Saint Peter’s.
In honor of the event, many of their
family and friends pledged funds to support the seminarians’ vocations.
(To add your own donations to the cause, go to
www.churchathon.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
of the event included the young men stopping to sing
Silent Night in St. Peter’s Square and Hark! The Herald
Angels Sing in the Piazza Navona, where a crowd of
over a hundred people stopped to listen.
“Not only did we
make it to all 25 churches on the path, but
we made at least 2000 people smile!” said Br. Aaron
Loch, LC. “I had a blast wishing everybody
a ‘Buon Natale’ (Merry Christmas in Italian) and singing Christmas
You can see pictures of the Church-a-thon by clicking here. Click here to see a list of all
the churches the seminarians visited.