The seventh day of the General Chapter gave an opportunity for a relaxed and fraternal pilgrimage to the Shrines of Greccio, Fonte Colombo and the Rieti Valley where, in 1223, Francis re-enacted the mystery of the Incarnation in a special way, when he brought about the first Christmas crib or crèche.
The Friars of the Greccio fraternity gave the Chapter members a wonderful welcome and the friars had an opportunity to visit those places which are steeped in Franciscan history, and are considered living examples of the values of simplicity and poverty about which we have spoken so much in the past week.
Mass was celebrated by Br. Julio Bunader, the Vicar General, who urged the Friars to commit themselves to transforming their lives though their reflections on the memoria Christi. St. Francis based his whole life on this memorial of Jesus Christ.
The pilgrimage ended fittingly with a lunch hosted by the friars of the Roman Province in the Greccio retreat centre.
In the mid-afternoon the group had an enjoyable visit to Fonte Colombo before returning to Assisi to prepare for the second week of the General Chapter, during which the names of the friars called to serve and govern the Order for the next six years will be known.