I felt quite honored and humbled to take your petitions with me to Italy. And to bring your many needs to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi and the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua was a double-blessing beyond measure. I celebrated Mass at both these sacred sites, and placed your petitions at the tomb of these two holy saints. I was also aided by two other friars, Fr. Steve McMichael and Fr. Wayne Hellmann, who helped me carry these petitions in our hands and in our hearts. All who participated in these holy liturgies were touched by the solemnity of the moment. There seemed to be no better time to present your requests for healing and hope as during this Year of Mercy.
May our loving and merciful God bless you with peace!