The Station Churches

One of my favorite things this Lent is the daily edition of my favorite pilgrimage guide’s podcast: The Catholic Traveler Podcast. Mountain Butorac and Joannie Watson are sharing this beautiful Roman tradition with all of us – and without the ability to travel to Italy in person I am here for it.

Each day they take us to a different Station Church in Rome telling us the history, describing the art, talking about the saints buried there, the Popes who have lived there, and more. What’s a “Station Church”? Well “the custom dates back to the fourth century to strengthen the sense of community in the city while honoring the holy martyrs of Rome.” You can read more on Moutain’s website here.

When I traveled to Italy in the ‘before times’ last February, I was part of one of Mountain’s tours. Every experience in Rome is amazing, but his knowledge of the city and the Churches made this one even more amazing. It’s for this reason I was so delighted that he and Joannie started their podcast last October. So I’m sharing with you today if you also miss traveling, desire to know more about Rome, and connect with Catholics who have gone before us!

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