On the road again...DAY 1 of the Pauline Pilgrimage
|Checking out the route|
A few prayers to our Lady and to our Guardian Angels later, we were on the way! Leaving early was a great idea and thus beating the traffic. Cruising along the picturesque Italian countryside is indeed a feast for the eyes. Our journey brought us through four different regions: Lazio, Umbria, Tuscany and Piedmonte, each one of them with their particular characteristics. A common characteristic to them all were the bountiful harvests of corn, various grains, fruit and the general sense of the Autumn season reminding us of creation and the generosity of our God. My favourite region has to be that of Piedmonte which boasts fields upon fields of perfectly aligned hazelnut trees, as well as the laden vineyards!
|Our PDDM sisters in Sanfrè|
|Shrine to our Lady of Loreto|
Our presence in Sanfrè can be traced back to 1928-1929, though its history goes back even further to the 16th century. It is narrated that the Count of Caraglio's son, Tommaso Isnardi become gravely ill and promised our Lady that he would build a shrine in her honour if she would restore his son to health. The son was healed and thus the Count constructed the shrine in honour of our Lady of Loreto. Soon after this the Minor Friars relocated there and constructed a convent. The shrine is still in existence today and many people still pray there. In 1928, the land which was propriety of the aunt of Sr. M. Augusta Arlorio, pddm, was passed over to the Pauline Family with the presence of the Sister Disciples from the very beginning. Because of its altitude and location, the house quickly assumed the function as a sanatorium for sisters and brothers of the Pauline Family who were sick with TB. In 1935, it became the novitiate for the Society of St. Paul for 4 years. After this, it assumed its original function as rest-home for the elderly and sick priests.
|Villa Loreto, Sanfrè|