I am on a pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. Carl Gallinger and 51 other people, mostly from the Diocese of Cheyenne. We are visiting Florence, Assisi, Orvieto and Rome. The primary reason for the pilgrimage is the ad limina Apostolorum, which means “to the thresholds [of the tombs] of the Apostles.”
Approximately every five years, all bishops are required to come to Rome for a private audience with the Pope and a pilgrimage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul. I am here with the Bishops from Region XIII, which includes the dioceses in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. On Monday, we met with Pope Francis for two and a half hours. During the next three days we have meetings with many other offices at the Vatican.
The pilgrims will participate in Mass at the major basilicas, pray at the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul, attend a Papal Audience, and visit other sites. In a special way, they are praying for the bishops of Region XIII and the Diocese of Cheyenne. Please join them in praying for these intentions.