On March 29, 2016 - The Sisters living at the Generalate traditionally go on an Emmaus trip during Bright Week. This year the day-long trip was to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. The first stop was at the beautiful Cathedral Shrine of the Blesssed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei where the Sisters were able to join in the celebration of Mass and then tour the basilica and bell tower.
The tour proceeded to the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, which had been covered in ash and lava from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Walking through the preserved ruins, one could learn the history and see the culture of the first century, including the paintings, sculpture, buildings and even food of the residents. Especially moving were the life-forms of the citizens of the city which have been preserved in plaster from the cavities formed by their bodies being encased in lava.
After lunch, the group drove to Mount Vesuvius, where the Sisters walked up the steep path to view the crater of the volcano. The drive home included sharing many thoughts and reflections of the sites viewed during the trip.