2013 Franciscan pilgrims announced

Friday, January 11, 2013 5:40:00 PM

Participants in the 2013 Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimages have been selected. They are:

October 2013 Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage for staff and faculty
Joel Cencius, Advancement
April Daniels (2012), Athletics
Julie Dohearty, Human Resources
Tim Eilbes (2012), Marketing
Kathy Howell, Office of the President
Greg Jagodzinski, College of Business and Management
Andrew Knapp, Facilities
Maria Von Arx, Enrollment Services
Mary Beth Wisniewski, Counseling and Mental Wellness
From Dining Services: Cheryl Otto and Debra Schuette

December 2013 A.F.C.U. Franciscan Leadership Pilgrimage for young adults
Hannah Bergland
Collin Hartman
Graciela Haas
John Radke
Jonelle Ritger
Stephanie Sanchez
Lindsay Schilleman
Carly Sorensen
Alyssa Roberson
Aubrey Warner
Marcella Weiss

The application process for the October 2014 faculty/staff pilgrimage will begin this August, while the application process for students will start in September. Those selected to take part will be notified in October. Those with questions or interest in applying are encouraged to contact Father Jim Gannon at or (414) 410-4151.

In addition to these regular faculty/staff and student pilgrimages, the 75th Anniversary pilgrimage that took place in 2012 will be offered again in May/June 2014 to all members of the University community, with a special focus on Stritch alumni.

This pilgrimage to Italy and Germany, led by Father Jim Gannon, Sister Joanne Schatzlein, OSF, and Sister Marcia Lunz, OSF, will explore the foundations of the Catholic Church in Rome, the Franciscan tradition in Assisi and the birthplace of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi in Bavaria.

The itinerary will be as follows:
May 23: Depart USA
May 24: Arrival in Rome; orientation; Mass at SS. Cosmos and Damien
May 25: Guided tour through ancient Rome; visit to St. Peter’s Basilica
May 26: Rome: St. John Lateran; San Francesco a Ripa in Trestavere
May 27: The Rieti Valley: Coach to Greccio; on to Assisi
May 28: Celebrate Foundation Day of the Sisters at Chiesa Nuova; visit Santa Maria Maggiore; San Rufino; Basilica of St. Clare
May 29: Eucharist at the Porziuncola; visit San Damiano; La Maddalena
May 30: Eucharist at the Tomb of St. Francis; visit at the Basilica of St. Francis; free afternoon
May 31: The Tuscan Valley; coach to La Verna; on to the Florence airport for a flight to Munich and coach to Augsburg
June 1: Eucharist in Ettenbeuren at the home parish of the OSF foundresses; lunch at Ursberg; begin exploration of Augsburg
June 2: Continue exploration of Augsburg; supper with former Bavarian pilgrims to the USA
June 3: Departure from Munich to USA

Those interested in learning more about this special pilgrimage may contact Sister Joanne Schatzlein, OSF at or (414) 294-7304. Costs have not yet been established, but more information will be available in the coming months.