« More on Midnight Mass | Main | Greetings from Heathrow »

January 4, 2007

Greetings from Assisi

We are having a wonderful time! I have taken nearly 600 photos, some of which will be shared on my return. I got some great pics of Benedict XVI, and met some delightful people in the Piazza waiting for New Year's Mass to begin.

We are dining our way across Italy. The Food here is Fabulous. AND!!!! Guess where we ate today? RISTORANTE RIFUGIO SAN GASPARE!!!! It was only my second time dining there, and it was beyond expectations. Can you imagine having a variety of antipasto which featured pancetta, olive, prosciutto, cheese, and a marvelous little lentil mixture over bread and sausage, and bread that they baked on the fire right in front of us. Then it was on to the pasta which featured their specialty, Tartufo, and then a little gnocchi with more mushrooms. That was finished off with the main course of a mixed grill of lamb, beef and sausages. Finally there was a little green salad, and then gelato (YES!!!) and caffe. Then he served some grappa and another after dinner drink that was indescribable. This was for five people and was only Euro 125.00. And we haven't had dinner yet.

I will go on a diet when I get home.

Probably the most significant thing today though, was to celebrate a quiet Mass in the crypt of San Felice, the spot where St. Gaspar founded the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in 1815. It is only the second time I have had the honor, privilege and joy of celebrating the Eucharist in that holy place.

So, blogging will continue when I get home, or until I stumble on another Internet point. I may arrive home to give you a day by day journal of the events. They have been fabulous.

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at January 4, 2007 8:24 AM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry:


How marvelous, it sounds as if you are having a splendid trip.
I wish you all joy and blessings in the new year!
God is great, and He is with us!

Posted by: Geri at January 4, 2007 9:34 PM

Jealousy does not begin to explain how I feel right now. :)

I hope you have a wonderful time, Fr. Keyes.

Posted by: Matthew Meloche at January 5, 2007 12:53 PM

Father, I am so glad you are having a lovely time. Your description of the meal had my mouth watering. I look forward to your recounting of your trip when you return home.

God bless

Posted by: Sharon at January 5, 2007 3:20 PM

Dear Father Jeff,

I am glad you are having a wonderful trip.

However, I'll bet you got photos of Benedict XVI and not XV.

Happy Epiphany!

Posted by: Maureen Lahiff at January 5, 2007 3:47 PM

Can you at least post a photo of the food? :-)

(If you want, e-mail it to me and I'll edit it in.)

Posted by: RC [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2007 7:26 PM

Caro Padre, Where are you? I tried Donalyn's cell phone from here in Rome but could not get through. Are you still in Italy or have you returned to CA? I was hoping to have you join the schola at Santa Croce for a Mass! As soon as I get internet access I will begin posting on Vultus Christi.

Posted by: Don Marco at January 8, 2007 2:24 AM

Thank you for posting. Everything sounds wonderful, especially the Mass in the crypt at San Felice. Indeed a sanctified place. Maria Elena & Dave

Posted by: Maria Elena at January 12, 2007 5:20 PM

Post a comment

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)