Spirituality

Sotto il Monte Giovanni XXIII

The village is famous for being the birthplace of Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, who, in 1958, became Pope John XXIII.

Here you can visit the place where Roncalli was born in 1881. It is a typical farmhouse with a large porch.

Not far away there is the church of Santa Maria in Brusicco where Roncalli was baptized and where he officiated his first mass.

The Museum Ca ‘Maitino has many items that belonged to the Pope. The furniture the Pope used in his private chapel in the Vatican was also transferred here.

Sanctuary of Divine Motherhood and the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites - Concesa

In Concesa, you can find the Sanctuary of Divine Motherhood and the Convent of the Discalced Carmelites.

The first is the origin of a legend that tells how the Virgin Mary manifested herself through a painting. The convent has had many troubles over the years, but it is still the home of the novitiate for the province and a conference centre for meetings on biblical and spiritual themes.

Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Rocchetta - Porto d’Adda
At the end of a long stairway there is a church built near the end of the XIV century.

Today it is a lively meeting place not only for pilgrims but for tourists and lovers of art and nature.

Monastery of Santa Maria del Lavello – Calolziocorte

Just downstream from Lecco, on the left bank of the Adda River near Valle San Martino, you can find the old monastery of the Servants of Mary, together with the church of the Virgin of Lavello.

At one time in this location, the river’s fast current slowed enough to allow the river to be crossed. To defend the ford, a castle
was built nearby in the 10th century.

Next to the castle, there was the little church of Santa Maria, then of San Simpliciano. At the end of the 16th century, the nave was enlarged, creating two twin presbyters.

San Michele de’ Verghi - Calusco d’Adda

The church of San Michele di Verghi was founded over a thousand years ago near the Adda River, close to some stone horns, and demolished in October 1575. You can still see the foundation of the small church with an apse and some remains of the walls of the monastery.