Going on Pilgrimage

A number of years ago a popular book came out that was made into a movie, called  Eat, Pray, Love. The book epitomizes the sort of spiritual journeys that are popular in our culture. They tend to be eclectic journeys, collecting bits and pieces of this and that along the way to add to one's collection of spiritual experience. 

St. Bonaventure, a thirteenth century Franciscan, wrote a book called The Soul’s Journey into God. For Bonaventure, pilgrimage is much more than one's personal wanderings in the realm of spirituality or simply a journey of self-discovery. It is a journey toward a personal and loving God in whom we find our truest life. To be a true pilgrim is to embark deliberately on a journey into God.

Meet Susan and John Skillen

Susan Skillen is Canon for Spiritual Formation for the Anglican Diocese in New England (ADNE). She began bringing pilgrimage groups to Italy in 2000 and has since led over 20 pilgrimages. She completed training in spiritual direction through the Shalem Institute in 1996 and now trains spiritual directors for the ADNE. During the seven years the Skillens lived in Orvieto, Susan founded and was priest-in-charge of the Church of the Resurrection, the only non-Catholic English speaking church in the city. 

Meet Adele and Doug Calhoun

Adele and Doug are Pastors of Spiritual Formation at High Rock Church, Arlington, Massachusetts. They have led many mission and pilgrimage groups in many parts of the world and are trained spiritual directors.  Adele is author of Handbook of Spiritual Disciplines: Practices that Transform Us (Expanded and Revised, IVP 2015), Invitations from God (IVP 2011), and True You: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice (IVP 2015). Adele and Doug have a grown son and daughter.

Ten Days on Pilgrimage in Italy


Day 1: Morning transport from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Orvieto. Arrive at Servite monaster in time for lunch. Get settled and rest. Late afternoon orientation walk through the town. See the cathedral facade, enjoy passagiata (the Italian afternoon walk), locate ATMs, see the view over the countryside. Evening Prayer and Introduction to the retreat. Dinner at a restaurant together.

Comments from Pilgrims

"This pilgrimage certainly met all my expectations and more. I really loved all aspects of it--teaching, prayer, writing, reflecting, day trips, fellowship around meals and a walkable city. Mille Grazie."  

"Honestly, I loved everything. I loved learning about the saints and the meditations interwoven with the day trips, and amazing meals, and free time. I loved it all."