Sunday, October 20, 2013

ON THE RAIL AGAIN

I depart Sunday afternoon for Rome from Livorno. Tomorrow about 20 of us depart for the Holy Land for 9 days. Enjoy the pics of Livorno. I discovered yesterday that the old section of Livorno called Venetzia or Venince because of the canals, is the neighborhood where my mother grew up. The apartment building is gone bot there is an octagonal Church where Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton prayed while caring for her dying husband in Livorno and where she converted to the Catholic Faith. Some pics too of my first cousins and their wives.












































































8 comments:

Pater Ignotus said...

I like the putti plant stands!

Anonymous said...

I'm telling you Father, if Francis sees these pictures you'll be in trouble. You are supposed to be living over a pizza shop and working with lepers by day and picketing the rich by night.

rcg said...

Thanks for sharing these photos. If you can lad some captions about them something, it would be interesting to know some of the details

Joseph Johnson said...

There is one picture in the collection (the one with the gold cherub plant holders) which shows an added sanctuary floor (looks like wood) out in front of the Communion rail and an added table altar--these items just cry out for removal from an otherwise beautiful old historic church!

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

You are right and so many churches have done that! Or they have 197 0's Formica looking things in front of the magnificent existing altar !

John Nolan said...

Yes, but they can easily be removed. In many Bavarian churches the 'Volksaltar' is such a temporary gimcrack structure that it almost invites to be put aside, as it often is when the sanctuary is cleaned.

qwikness said...

What happened? Was there a Neutron Bomb? I don't see anybody in the town!

Seeker said...

Nothing like backpack-in through Italy...WOW. Nice sabbatical! Beautiful and Ancient Churches, just Glorious. Have a beautiful and contemplative time in the Holy Land. Keep safe.