Pilgrimage to Italian Renewal Conference with Pope Francis

February19, 2014

Dear Liaison, Renewal Center Director or Diocesan Contact,

Grace and peace.

I trust you are aware of the announcement that our Holy Father Pope Francis will speak at the XXXVII National Convocation ofRinnovamento Nello Spirito Santo (one of the expressions of the Italian Renewal).  For the Announcement from Salvatore Martinez, the President of RNSS paste this into your browser:


Attached is information concerning a Pilgrimage to Rome for the Conference and to sites in Rome and Assisi with an optional extension to San Giovanni, birth place of Padre Pio.  Fr. John Gordon, of the Archdiocese of Newark and former member of the NSC, will be one of the leaders.

Because of the significance of the event we ask you to spread the word to those in the Renewal in your (Arch)Diocese.

If any Liaison or Renewal Center would like to sponsor their own group, Deacon Tim Kennedy who is organizing the Pilgrimage, will help prepare flyers and do all the necessary work to ensure success. Contact him at 732-423-7013.  The only requirement for the group will be promotion.  They can work with a group with as few as ten pilgrims.  They would arrange travel from any major US city.

If individuals want to go on the Pilgrimage they should contact Marianne Murphy as indicated and she will arrange the air travel from the city of their choice (adjusting the cost accordingly) and the Pilgrims will meet the group in Rome.

In Jesus, Celebrating the Year of Charisms and Grace for the Church,

Walter Matthews

Executive Director

National Service Committee