Stewards Kevin & Kimberly Shea, along with their son Connor, kicked off their recent pilgrimage to Rome on April 18 by visiting Casa Scalabrini 634, a 2022 Papal Foundation Mission Fund grant recipient. Montse Alvarado, the new president of EWTN News and the host of the weekly program EWTN News in Depth, accompanied the Sheas and me to Casa Scalabrini and spotlighted the beautiful work of Casa Scalabrini and the Sheas’ visit there. Click on the image below to watch the story!

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Kevin and Kimberly Shea with son Connor and on left, Federico Di Pasqua, Residence Rector of University of Notre Dame’s campus in Rome. Notre Dame students participate in a program every semester with Casa Scalabrini residents.

In 2022, Casa Scalabrini 634 in Rome was one of four homes for refugees and migrants in Italy – the others being in Milan, Trieste and Turin – that were recipients of Foundation support. The homes are a main project of the Scalabrinian Agency for Cooperation and Development of the Missionaries of St. Charles. Scalabrinians promote a culture of encounter, welcoming and integration between refugees, migrants and the local community.

We’re grateful to our hosts at Casa Scalabrini, the Sheas for making the visit, and for Montse Alvarado’s great reporting on the importance of the Church’s work to welcome migrants and refugees.

The Foundation will be making several trips to grant recipient locations in 2023, including two to the Sisters of Mary’s Girlstown in Chalco, Mexico: The first, led by Foundation Senior Vice President Jim Coffey, takes place this coming Friday to Monday, May 19-22, and the second, a pilgrimage for women, led by Foundation Vice President Sharon Kucia, takes place November 9-14. Please let us know if you are interested in making these or other mission trips!