For those of you whom I’ve directed to this post, here you’ll find the most important info about the upcoming trip-course abroad. The application packet may be downloaded here.
A final informational meeting will be held on 1/27 at 4 PM in 207 FAC. You can also always contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my office in 312 FAC.
Dates: May 22-June 3
Course Description: This 3-credit course-trip offers participants the privileged opportunity to discover the foundations of Catholic faith and culture and reflect upon their significance while living in the heart of the Church for two weeks. Participants will have a wide range of encounters with the Church’s art, music, architecture, saints, and liturgy spanning more than two millennia. In these encounters students will find expressed in nuce the history and theology of the Catholic Church which is still professed today. The curriculum will combine pre-departure assignments and meetings with classroom lectures in Rome and guided excursions to sites of interest both within and outside the city.
Credit: This 3-hour course counts an elective for students majoring or minoring in Theology, or alternatively as a Faith Foundation course within the college’s general education curriculum.
For those enrolling for credit: $2590 + airfare
For those not enrolling for credit: $2200 + airfare
Price includes tuition, tours, guides, program fees, room (based on double occupancy), select meals, and travel on faculty-led day and overnight excursions. As is common with trips of this nature, international airfare, most meals, and incidentals are at the participants’ own expense. If the program has a significant number enrolled and thus a budget surplus, excess funds will go towards paying for more meals.
The price is subject to some change to adjust for factors such as exchange rate, taxes, and fuel costs. Also, the price could decrease if a significant number of participants sign up for the trip. Trip dates may likewise change by one or two days depending on hotel and flight pricing.
Non-students who wish to participate in the program may be admitted. However, in the event that all spots are filled, preference will be given to students enrolling for credit.
Participants book their own international travel before and after the program. You are free to travel anywhere else in Europe after the program ends at your own expense. Dr. Ramage is available to assist all who would like assistance in arranging flights, including those who wish to fly together as a group. All participants must arrive in Rome no later than the evening immediately preceding the program’s first official morning excursion.
The following schedule does not mean that each site will be seen on the particular day listed below. We will adjust to account for variations in ticket pricing, museum closures, events that only occur on one specific day, etc.
Day 1 — Wed, May 21
Arrival in Rome
Optional excursions depending on time of arrival
First full day in Rome
St. Peter’s Basilica
- The most impressive church in the world
- Tombs of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII
- Sistine Chapel
- Masterpieces from Michelangelo, Raffaello, and countless others
- St. Faustina’s heart
- Relics of the scourging pillar
Santa Maria Maggiore
- History and theology of the Immaculate Conception, Nativity, St. Luke, etc.
- Archaeological digs of a 3-tiered church
- Tombs of Saints Cyril and Methodius
Saint John in Lateran
- The pope’s official church
- Lateran Baptistery
- Holy Stairs
- Roman gate and St. Francis statue outside Lateran
Santa Croce Basilica
- Relics of the True Cross
Day 5 — Sunday
Santa Maria della Vittoria
- Spiritual theology of St. Teresa of Avila
- Bernini’s Teresa in Ecstasy
Baths of Diocletian
- Now Santa Maria degli Angeli
Church of the Twelve Apostles
- Tombs of the Apostles James the less and Philip
Santa Maria della Concezione
- Cappuchin “bone crypt”
- Caravaggio’s St. Francis
Piazza del Popolo & Santa Maria del Popolo
- Caravaggio’s Death of St. Paul and Crucifixion of St. Peter
- Constantine and the legalization of Christianity
Villa Borghese & Pincio Terrace
Trip to St. Benedict’s monasteries at Subiaco & Monte Cassino
Saint Peter in Chains
- Relics of Peter’s chains
- Michelangelo’s Moses
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
- Arch of Constantine
- Arch of Titus
- Caesar’s Ara
- Mamertine Prison where Peter and Paul were jailed
- History of the Roman republic and empire
Circus Maximus & Baths of Caracalla
Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis
Scavi archeological tour
- St. Peter’s tomb
Trip to Orvieto
- Orvieto cathedral: façade, Eucharistic miracle, Last Judgment frescos, etc.
- Eucharistic miracle
- Eucharistic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas
- Theology and history of Corpus Christi
- Sant’Andrea crypt
- History of church in its various levels: Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, etc
San Luigi dei Francesi
- Caravaggio’s St. Matthew paintings
- St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Francis Xavier
- History and theology of the Jesuit order
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva
- History and theology of St. Catherine
- Pre-Christian and Christian history of the site
Overnight trip to Assisi
Santa Maria in Trastevere
- Early Christian mosaics / icons
Jewish ghetto and synagogue
- History of the Jewish community in Rome
- WWII and the Holocaust in relation to Rome
- Jewish-Christian relations
- Jewish vs. Christian theology
Saint Paul Outside the Walls
- Tomb of St. Paul
- Tre Fontane
Catacombs of St. Callixtus
San Benedetto in Piscinula
- St. Benedict who stayed in this church