• From: Pamela Flynn
  • Sent: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • To: Danielle Guttilla
  • Subject: 206 Tours with Fr. Paul in the Footsteps of St. Joseph Marello

First thing I have to say is thank you and my heart is so full of gratitude for the time we spent with Fr. Paul and the other pilgrims.

I entered this pilgrimage with no real expectation, because I absolutely did not know what to expect. Right from the very beginning there were surprises all along the way for me which often brought me to tears. Here are a few:

1. The burial site of St. Joseph Marello also housed the Shroud but in addition to that the burial site of Per Georgio Frassati. He is a saint my family has a devotion to. I was so happy to be able to pray before his crypt and light a candle for my family at all three spots. Even though fatigued it was remarkable to me and unexpected.
2. Milan, the Cathedral in Milan was so beautiful that when I walked in I was overcome with emotion and the sheer beauty and grandeur and how these buildings were done with blood, sweat and many tears through hundreds of years and there I was in 2018 appreciating the scope of it all. I found myself taking pictures of the floors, ceilings the columns, the windows were amazing.
3. The Last Supper WOW!!! In my mind I always have seen the Last Supper in a framed picture or on a coffee mug (I know ridiculous right?) never realizing the scope of the work and the beauty of the fresco. Finished in 1498 and there I was in 2018. AMAZING!!!
4. Every liturgy was beautiful. To say Mass at Sienna, Assisi, Asti, Aqui, Orvieto and St. Peter’s Basilica to name a few were beautiful and inspired. Probably our visit to Our Lady of Mercy in Savona where St. Joseph Marello received a vision of Mary handing him his cassock and where he died was beautiful. The readings that day were about Mercy and Fr. Had an inspired homily which touched us all profoundly.
5. Lastly, praying the evening prayer in Assisi was so profound and then saying the Rosary in St. Peter’s square at night was powerful
6. Allessandro, I cannot say enough about him. He was truly a servant to us all and always aware of who was the weakest in the group. He was compassionate and kind.
7. Mario was an amazing bus driver. We all loved his silent presence and his smile. His expertise in driving the bus was remarkable.
8. The accommodations far exceeded my expectations. They were all comfortable. They all had wonderful ambiance and the food was amazing. wonderful ambiance and the food was amazing.
9. Lastly, Mike and I would love to do the Camino de Santiago sometime and with Allessandro.

Thank you and keep up the good work at 206.