A Time to Say Goodbye

Written by Allyson Escobar for her Lolo (Grandpa) Pete Lagrosa. Throughout his life, Pedro "Pete" Lagrosa, 81, has always cared for others. He admires the Italian saints Padre Pio, St. Peregrine, and St. Francis of Assisi for their qualities of courage, devotion, and sympathy for people everywhere. Wanting to pray and follow in their holy footsteps, …

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Back to Los Angeles

My two-week experience in Italy has been nothing short of amazing. Not only was it my first time in Europe, but it was also my first time traveling with my family and not my usual LMU-chaperoned group. We came with plans, but no set agenda. We had a list of must-see places and pilgrimage spots, churches, shrines, …

From Sunrise to Sunset

Family, friends, & travelers alike, You haven't seen anything until you've experienced the city of Florence from sun up, sun down. It is truly magic, from the moment the sun's light touches the edge of the horizon, casting a blueish, pinkish glow, to the spellbinding fiery orange of the sunset. Nighttime doesn't fall here until past 9pm, and …

Falling for Florence

Florence, Firenze to Italians, is fantastically rich. Rich in culture, history, art, music, theatre, you name it. Rich in community, in spirit, liveliness, and authenticity. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, of famous artists like Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, & the mecca of European art and culture. It is the place thousands of tourists each year flock to, if only …