|Among the churches the seminarians will visit is Mary Major, the largest Marian Basilica in the world|
Rome, Italy -- It is not
uncommon in this day in age to see religious men
traveling hurriedly from church to church. But imagine
visiting 30 churches in 8 hours!
This is the goal set by 12 Legionary brothers in
Rome. On Saturday, March 24, 2012, they plan
to visit 30 Catholic churches throughout the ancient city.
Why are they doing this? The reason is two-fold, according to one of the
participating brothers, Andrew Gronotte. “The event is a
pilgrimage in which we will offer the prayer intentions of
our families, friends, and benefactors,” he said. “The
event is also a fundraiser to help support the seminarians
in their studies in Rome.”
The Church-a-thon, as the brothers have dubbed it, was first
organized by Brother Peter Huynh in December of last year.
“Living in Rome, it
is a grace to have so many beautiful Churches with
so much history and tradition, and this is a way
we have to share it,” said Brother Andrew.
The brothers will be stopping for
at least 5 min to pray at each church. The
route, which stops at all the major churches in Rome,
works out to about 19 miles.
|Among the 30 churches is Saint Agnese, containing the relics of St. Agnes, Virgin Martyr from the 3rd Century|
“It is much like a marathon, in which
runners accept donations for each mile run,” said Brother Andrew.
“But we are looking for sponsors, not for each mile
run, but for each church visited. A donation is usually
anywhere between 1 - 6 dollars per ‘mile.’ Thanks in
advance for any help you can give!”
The brothers say they are greatly looking
forward to the event.
am looking forward to this event because as a future
priest one of my missions will be to pray for
the souls of all those who I come into contact
with and hopefully bring those souls closer to God,” said
others is the greatest act of charity anyone can do,”
said Brother Jerek Scherber. “It forms a priestly heart.”
Brother John Bender said, “I
am really excited about this because so many people and
friends have shown their support for me in my formation
to the priesthood, and I am very grateful. I hope
to correspond to their generosity with my fidelity and preparing
myself well to be a good and holy priest. I
will carry all of their intentions with me on this
pilgrimage and will intercede for them before our Lord in
the churches that we will visit, asking Him to hear
our prayers and to grant us the graces that we
need to fulfill His will with love.”
Brothers still in need of sponsors include Patrick
Giguere, Jerek Scherber, Timothy Heslip, Samuel Chow and Benoît Terrenoir. Click here to make a donation. Prayer intentions should be sent via email to
email@example.com. Click here to see a brochure of
the churches the brothers plan to visit.