Students walk in the steps of saints

Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi. His tomb is located here.
Melissa Nigrin, The Circuit

Perugia is known for its chocolate. Norcia is known for its salami. Assisi is known for its saints.

And this past weekend, students studying abroad experienced all three.

This church was built over a small church where St. Francis prayed and the hospital where he died. Photo by Melissa Nigrin.

The history professor led students to the Umbria region where they spent Friday touring around the churches and famous places of Assisi. Most notably, students spent time in the places where saints of the Catholic Church once prayed and lived.

In Assisi, students visited the Basilica of Saint Francis and prayed in front of his tomb. They also saw the tomb of St. Clare and convent where she resided until her death. Students attended mass in the church where St. Francis died and where he prayed throughout his life.

“It was cool to be able to pray in front of the same cross where St. Francis received his vocation” said Caitlyn Chickey, junior.

On Saturday, students went to the town of Norcia where St. Benedict and St. Scholastica were born. They visited the Basilica and the Cathedral in Norcia. Students also sampled some of the salami from the local shops.

Students walked around Monti Sibillini National Park Photo by Melissa Nigrin.
Students walked around Monti Sibillini National Park Photo by Melissa Nigrin.

One experience that stuck out to most students in Norcia was the visit to the plateau in Monti Sibillini National Park. An expansive green space surrounded by mountains and inhabited by sheep, cows and horses; the plain was a favorite for most students.

“The best part was frolicking around in the grass. I don’t know what it is about a patch of grass but, God really brings joy out in the little things” said Chickey.

The weekend trip ended with a stop in Perugia to see the churches, the main square and some of the historical artifacts there. Overall, the weekend was a success and a favorite for many.