ESR Offering Alumni Travel Course to Assisi, Italy

ESR is offering an alumni travel course to Assisi, Italy May 27 - June 5, 2014. The Soul’s Journey into God: A Pilgrimage with the Franciscan Mystics will be led by Margaret Benefiel and is limited to 12 participants.

The pilgrimage is based in the beautiful Umbrian town of Assisi, hometown of Francis and Clare. With its cobblestone streets, sacred shrines, and rich tradition of culture, Assisi has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Days will afford ample opportunity to enjoy local cuisine, sample wines, and savor the beauty of landscape, art, and culture.  From Assisi, participants will travel to other Franciscan sites in Umbria and Tuscany.

The trip will explore the life and thought of the thirteenth-century Italian mystics:  Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi, Angela of Foligno, and Bonaventure, and the medieval culture and context that shaped them.  Participants will stay in the historic center of Assisi and travel to the places and shrines in the surrounding areas where these saints lived and ministered and where they have left a spiritual imprint upon the local cultures through their writings, art, architecture, and legends. 

Cost: $1900 per person for double room, $2200 per person for single room.  Cost includes room and breakfast and lunch daily, plus dinner on three nights, and all land travel and entrance fees during the pilgrimage.  Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs to Assisi.       

For more information please contact Margaret Benefiel at