Retreat complete — time to hike and hang out

From Trent Schmidt’s Rome Experience journal, Day 9 

Hiking the countryside outside Norcia

A good stretch of the legs under the Umbrian sun


“Today the silent retreat ended.  It was a great period of reflection and contemplation, but I think everyone is ready to start sharing stories about what they experienced during the retreat and getting to know one another.  After Mass at 8 AM, we were given the rest of the day to explore the area and meet up again in the late afternoon.  Some guys hiked to an ancient monastery that the resident Benedictine monks are raising funds to get restored and inhabit once more.  Other people hiked a mountain on the other side of town.   Most of the guys did what it seems the locals do best — hang out, sip cappuccino, and enjoy the day!  It was a great way to end the retreat.”


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