Verso l'alto! To the heights!

Strong in Spirit, strong in muscle!


22 July 2019 • Berdychiv, Ukraine


“Every day that passes,” wrote Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, “I fall more desperately in love with the mountains… I am ever more determined to climb the mountains, to scale the mighty peaks, to feel that pure joy which can only be felt in the mountains.”

Northern Italy’s beloved Blessed was a young, adventurous mountaineer himself, whose Spirit certainly flew in the pureness of God’s air at great heights. Born to a wealthy family, he excelled in humanity, pouring the balm of consolation amongst the poor; for “there is nothing more beautiful than love.”


Surely, then, with St. Vincent, he was protecting our Pallottine youth on high, as they- led by Fr. Valeriy Dubyna SAC- pressed onward for a 3-day pilgrimage. The young outdoorsmen from our Ukrainian parish traversed the trails to Berdychiv, the country’s National Sanctuary; sown together in unity by the Mass, the Rosary, and song.

As we now welcome them home, let us all never forget, “the higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ!”

JulesJacob Pallotti