Back again this summer, the Summer School of Assisi is an initiative organized in collaboration with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. The event will take place from the 27th to the 31st of August 2017 at the Papal Basilica and the Sacro Convento of St. Francis in Assisi.

The Summer School is a unique, formative experience: by means of lectures, seminars, workshops, guided tours, and field trips, participants will be provided the opportunity to experience art and discover the significance of one of the most striking places in Italy: the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.

This 2017 Summer School of Assisi "Art and Faith" is the event’s fifth occurrence. This year the event intends to explore the theme of the human journey as a metaphor for the relationship between man and God. Not only is human life a continuous journey, but also artistic creativity and faith itself, in their profound search for beauty and truth, are experiences of journey that reflect that which is human along the pathways of history.

The Summer School is aimed primarily at undergraduates and graduate students in the humanities, specializing in the history of art, as well as teachers and professionals in the historical-artistic sector. The Summer School is part of the teacher training and updating program carried out by the University and recognized by ‘L’Amministrazione scolastica’, according to current legislation.  

Registration for the Summer School will close on June 30, 2017. They must be sent to:
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart - Ongoing Formation - Via Carducci 30 - 20123 Milan
Tel. +390272345701 - email: - ​​website:

During this Jubilee Year the Novena in preparation for the Feast of St. Francis will be dedicated to a reflection on the places, faces and works of mercy and will be preached by Fr. Gianni Cappelletto, Friar of the Sacred Convent and biblical scholar. His reflections will be taken from the pages of Sacred Scripture and suggestions offered by the experience of St. Francis and the writings of Pope Francis and the life of the Basilica.
Again this year the parish communities of the city of Assisi and the Diocese of Assisi - Nocera Umbra - Gualdo Tadino will be represented and the celebrations will be presided over by Vicars Forane or parish priests of these parishes.A special celebration will be dedicated to the elderly, the sick and to those who live in a precarious situations and disability on Thursday, September 29 at 4.00 PM instead of 6.00 PM.Another special moment will be Monday, September 26, when the Bishop of Assisi will preside at the Liturgy where representatives of the City of Assisi will be invited on the anniversary of the earthquake that struck the city in 1997.Schedule
17:40: Arrival of the Pilgrimage at the Lower Square with a procession to the Basilica.
18:00: Eucharistic Celebration presided over by the Vicar Forane, or by one of the parish priests.
Fr. Gianni Cappelletto will preach at the conclusion of the Mass, followed by prayer at the tomb of St. Francis and Blessing of the Pilgrims of the city and the diocese.Saturday, September 24
Pilgrimage of the Pastoral Unity of Rivotorto and Capodacqua
Sunday, September 25
17.00: Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Nocera UmbraMonday, September 26
Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Assisi with the participation of the Chapter of Canons of the Cathedral and Confraternities. Municipal Administration pilgrimage and the City Associations to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the 1997 earthquake. Presided over by His Excellency Bishop Domenico SorrentinoTuesday, September 27
Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Santa Maria degli AngeliWednesday, September 28
Pilgrimage of Women and Men Religious of the Diocese: USMI and CISM
The Episcopal Vicar for Consecrated Life will preside.Thursday, September 29 16:00
Pilgrimage of the Sick and Elderly: Caritas and Unitalsi. Institute A. Rossi, Serafico, Casoria (Special Needs Children).Friday, September 30
Pilgrimage of the Vicariate of Bastia UmbraSaturday, October 1
Pilgrimage of the parishes of the Vicariate of Gualdo TadinoSunday, October 2 at 17.00
For more information on Feast of St. Francis. click here.

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