The Montfortian Hospitality of Lourdes on a pilgrimage to Rome in the footsteps of Montfort
The Montfortian Hospitality is a vast network of lay members specially founded to welcome and serve the sick during the Montfortian pilgrimage to Lourdes, whose spiritual accompaniment is provided by a team of Montfort Fathers.
This year, in communion with the Montfortian family, on the occasion of the celebration of tercentenary of the death of St. Louis de Montfort, it organizes three pilgrimages with 150 pilgrims in the footsteps of Montfort in Loreto and Rome, from 19 September to 21 October 2015, with accommodation by the Brothers of St. Gabriel in Rome.
The first group of Pilgrims has just finished their pilgrimage in the footsteps of St. Montfort. This program leads the pilgrims to the shrine of Our Lady of Loreto, where St. Montfort stayed a fortnight in late April and early May 1706, before reaching Rome.
The pilgrims then visited places related to St. Montfort in Rome, especially the reception at St. Louis of the French, where the name of Montfort is on the register of entries from 20 to 25 May, 1706 and the Church of San Biagio where the celebration of Mass on June 4, 1706 is attested by his signature. They also gathered in San Andrea della Valle, in front of the glass casket of Father Tomasi who probably arranged the audience of Pope Clement XI, which holds an image of Mary in his hands on June 6, 1706 within the walls of Quirinal where Pope resided. Currently, it is the residence of the President of Republic of Italy.
Pilgrims also gathered in four major basilicas, St. Peter, St. John, St. Paul, and Mother Mary and complemented their discoveries by visiting the essential places, Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Trevi Fountain, etc…