My Daughter, My Temple: A Pilgrimage with Clare of Assisi and Angela of Foligno

A Pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy

October 29 – November 8, 2024

Join Pilgrimage Leaders Margaret Benefiel and Chuck McCorkle for a time of quiet prayer as we meditate on the writings of these two important early Franciscan women.

Reach inward through contemplative practices while experiencing the beauty and inspiration of the sacred land of Umbria.


October 29 – November 8, 2024

Free My Daughter, My Temple information call

Join pilgrimage co-leaders Margaret Benefiel and Chuck McCorkle on Zoom for a free information session to discern about the rightness of this pilgrimage for you. Register by clicking on a date below.

Ambrogio Lorenzetti, A Group of Four Poor Clares, (1336-40), fresco fragment (c) The National Gallery, London

As the days grow shorter and the crowds begin to thin, join us in Assisi for a time of quiet prayer as we meditate on the writings of these two important early Franciscan women. In spite of the many obstacles women of thirteenth-century Italy faced, these two strong spirits rose to prominence as spiritual leaders. They were sought out by Popes and theologians and left us with compelling writing about the spiritual life. Clare was the first woman to write a Rule for a religious community, and Angela’s words appear in the writing of Teresa of Avila, Evelyn Underhill, and Simone de Beauvoir. Both women’s lives and writings, though very different from one another, resonate with us today.

Through the pilgrimage we will allow the stories of their lives to unfold. We will visit the small, unadorned stone chapels where they sought protection, lived their lives, and heard God’s call. In each setting we will spend time together in prayerful meditation. We will reflect on their words as we consider our own spiritual paths. In community we will share how these two powerful women challenge and inspire us.

The pilgrimage pace will be relaxed, allowing for spacious moments of solitude and contemplative silence, as we draw from a deep well of spiritual nourishment. Each day we will ground ourselves in prayer and reflection. Contemplative practices will help us reach inward, so that we might be more deeply touched by the beauty and inspiration of the sacred land of Umbria and its culture, as well as by Clare and Angela.

Pilgrims will stay in a convent of Franciscan sisters in the historic center of Assisi.


Margaret Benefiel

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Chuck McCorkle

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$3,200 per person, double occupancy
Single room: $300 additional and subject to availability

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