Assisi: The Spirit of Saint Francis Then and Now

Our pilgrimage to the medieval village of Assisi was filled with prayer, laughter and friendship. We spent much of the day with two Franciscan monks – who showed us what it’s like to live joyfully for Christ. Spend a few minutes and let our video and radio podcast take you to the home of Saint Francis:

Videography by Ginny Prior, Production by Mitchell Woodrow.


Rather have radio? Here’s Hope Blain narrating a short podcast from Assisi:



The Feast of Saint Sebastian

Only a foot soldier of Christ could fearlessly face being tied to a tree and shot full of arrows. Saint Sebastian survived this execution attempt and returned to tell Roman emperor Diocletian to repent for his sins. Diocletian’s answer was to have Saint Sebastian beaten to death and his body thrown in the sewers of Rome circa 288 AD.

Here is a short film that takes you to the Basilica where Saint Sebastian is honored on January 20, his feast day. The faithful can visit both the church and the catacombs where his remains are believed to be buried. – Ginny Prior


Religion and Art: The Quest for Bernini

Photo by Anthony Oliveira

Photo by Anthony Oliveira

My life is complete. I just saw my favorite art piece, Bernini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. After a delicious lunch of caprese salad and espresso, Anthony, a fellow pilgrim, and I hopped into the rain on a mission. We were headed to the Santa Maria Della Vittoria which houses Bernini’s famous sculpture. Continue reading


Saint Agnes: Martyred at 13 – honored forevermore

Imagine being so fervent in your faith that you are willing to die for it. Imagine being 13 years old. Saint Agnes held fast to her Christian beliefs and was martyred in 304 AD. Her feast day is celebrated on January 21. In Rome, it is a moving tradition that attracts a large flock of faithful and two baby lambs who have been specially chosen to symbolize Saint Agnes and Jesus, the lamb of God. Join us for this celebration:


Videographer – Ginny Prior; Photographer – Marian Pantaleon; Producer – Mitchell Woodrow. Thanks to all Saint Mary’s pilgrims who contributed photos to this video.


Saint Clement’s hidden treasures


Imagine celebrating mass in the 1st century in secret in a middle-class apartment in the same building as upper class soldiers worshiping the Persian soldier God Mithros. Those very apartments where Saint Clement lived and celebrated mass with early Christians exist today beneath both a 4th century and a 12th century basilica, the Basilica of San Clemente.  Continue reading