Experience the land of Saints Francis and Clare
Explore quaint towns and medieval villages in Umbria and Tuscany
Enjoy the music of Fr. Bob at a private concert
Celebrate "Christmas Mass" in Greccio
Pray in the autumnal splendor of Umbria
Join Bob Hutmacher, ofm and seasoned travel guide, Greg Gregori, in late October 2013. We'll provide an unforgettable experience of the land of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Travel includes days in Rieti, a Roman city, to explore the Apeninne Mountains and secluded places that were significant in the Franciscan movement. We'll celebrate Christmas Mass at Greccio in the cave where Francis acted out the Gospel in 1223. During five days in Assisi we will celebrate Mass in places where Francis and Clare lived and died, explore Franciscan treasures most pilgrims seldom see plus have ample time to pray in the autumnal splendor of Umbria. In medieval Perugia: more medieval splendors and a private concert with Bob's friends. From Umbria we’ll wander into Tuscany. Here we’ll experience secret towns and villages rarely visited by non-Italian tourists and travelers ~ basically, an Italian’s tour of Tuscany, the most beautiful region of Italy. We also plan an optional 3 day extension to Rome for those who've never been there. To receive more details about the trip, contact Fr. Bob at
or 312.226.0983 or Greg Gregori at 708.557.5715 or email him at
Complete tour schedule and details here.
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, musicians gathered in the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi, Italy for A Tribute to Robert Hutmacher, o.f.m. Fr. Bob is artistic director of Chiesa Nuova. This concert was organized by Paolo Castellani, member of both I Solisti di Perugia and Sator Duo and other artists of the area, the friars and Poor Clare nuns of the protomonastery of St. Clare. Sator Duo and I Solisti have performed here in Chicago and numerous times in Assisi with Fr. Bob. Joining them was renowned tenor, Friar Alessandro Brustenghi, o.f.m. and actor Luca Tironzelli who read from The Little Flowers of St. Francis.
The program was solely works by Fr. Bob, some from recordings Mystic Vista and Harboring the Holy, others from his vocal and instrumental music about Francis and Clare. For this occasion he also composed a new piece for Friar Alessandro: God So Loved the World for orchestra and tenor. Since both ensembles are well-known to Bob he also composed Creation Rejoices, a large dialogue between the orchestra and Sator Duo (violin & guitar) in a Renaissance style. This concert was the seventh time he has performed in the Basilicas and concert halls of Assisi. See More Photos