The International Chapter is a meeting of the Pilgrims which takes place, annually, at Pentecost. It is a weekend of workshops, discussions, worship, walks – exploring ideas in a variety of ways.

In 2022 the Germans invite us to travel to Lennestadt in Sauerland.

Here, below are the details together with a Booking Form to download.

Gutta cavat lapidem

Constant dripping wears away the stone

International Pentecost Chapter

June 4 – 6 2022 in Lennestadt, Germany

The annual theme for 2021/2023 is ‘Water’. A subject with many facets. For nine decades we, the Companions of St Francis, have met at Pentecost in order to creatively think about the annual theme; we go for walks, there are moments of meditation, prayer, music and there is time for being with each other, being together. Continuous stimuli that give us strength to carry on wearing away the hard stones of life.

(Photo from web site of Jugendhof Palotti

For the Chapter of 2022 we have booked Jugendhof Pallotti in Lennestadt, a meeting house of the Pallottines. Lennestadt is situated about 80 km (50 miles) east of Cologne in Sauerland, an area of many forests and big reservoirs. The Youth Hostel is situated on a mountainside between Lennestadt Altenhundem and Bilstein. The building has recently been renovated and technically updated. All rooms are accessible by lift and there is wifi. Outside are sports grounds, a terrace and a fireplace for our bonfire.

The bedrooms will sleep 2, 3, 4 or 6 persons, some have bunkbeds. Every room has its own facilities, e.g. toilet and shower. In total there are 88 beds. Blankets and pillows are available. You have to bring your own bedlinen and towels. Sleeping bags are allowed provided you put a sheet on the mattress. It is possible to hire bedlinen for 5 euros, towels for 1 euro.

The Chapter will start on Saturday at 3 p.m. Arrival and registration are possible from 10 -11 a.m. and from 1.30 – 2.30 p.m. The Chapter will end on Monday after lunch at around 2.30 p.m.

You are welcome from Friday (the night before) from 5 p.m. Beds are available but no meals will be provided, but, in the nearby village, there are shops and restaurants.  A small kitchen in the house can be used to warm up food.


Jugendhof Pallotti  Missionshaus 1  57368 Lennestadt    +49 2723 71808-0      

Telephone during the Chapter

+49 176 42189242 (Werner Eisenbarth) +49 1577 3890076 (Colette Smeraldy)

To book

Send your booking form (downloadable below) to your National Guardian before March 31st.

Ian Mason,  92 Bodmin Ave.  Stafford ST17 0EQ              Email: 

If, after applying you have to cancel, then contact the German team ASAP
(Werner Eisenbarth, +49 2402 7682558,

Don’t forget

  • bottom sheet – duvet cover, pillowcase or sleeping bag plus bottom sheet
  • slippers or house shoes
  • musical instrument (if possible)
  • ball, frisbee etc.


June 4 – 6Extra night June 3
Adult€ 90,00€ 20,00
Youth, student, unemployed€ 45,00€ 15,00
Child from 4-12 years old€ 20,00€ 10,00
Child under 4 years oldfreefree

Please pay upon arrival in Euros (cash). 

How to get there?

By car Motorway A45 Dortmund – Gießen: exit 18 Olpe.   Bundesstraße B55 direction Lennestadt. in Amt Bilstein turn right: L715 direction Altenhundem. After3,4 km (just over 2 miles) you’ll find the house on your left.

By air Via Köln (Cologne) / Bonn (CGN), Dortmund (DTM), Düsseldorf (DUS), Frankfurt (FRA) airports.
From there by train via Essen or Hagen (see below).

Train and bus Railway Station Lennestadt-Altenhundem on the  Essen – Hagen – Siegen line. Then bus SB3 direction ZOB, Olpe – Bus stop Missionshaus (usually every hour) or walking 2,1 km (1.3 miles).       

Or let us know so we can pick you up.

(free photo from Pixabay: sauerland-1763797_1920.jpg)