Capturing the Magic of Assisi

Friar Voices

Assisi – the home of Francis and Clare – a magical village clinging to the side of a hill.


I attended the Assisi Pilgrimage in June as the first segment of my sabbatical. I thoroughly enjoyed the pilgrimage, although I have to admit, it wasn’t as striking for me as when I made it in 1974 in my idealistic 20s.

Being more mature and realistic, I approached the holy places in a spirit of prayer, focusing more on Francis toward the end of his life when he was struggling with the directions of the Order. He and Br. Leo went off together to pray, trusting that God had something wonderful in store for them.

As I begin my sabbatical, people keep asking me, “What’s next?” I tell them I don’t know, but I trust that it will be good. In the meantime, I’m processing a “few” pictures that I took along the way. Here’s a sample of my photos.

*(Fr. Frank Jasper recently completed his term as Provincial Vicar for St. John the Baptist Province.) *

See more of Fr. Frank’s photos on our Flickr page.

The view of Assisi from the valley


Greg Jakubowicz, OFM


St. Francis Basilica