Rome Experience 2016

Welcome Home Class of 2016!

On July 5th, the seminarians of the Class of 2016 arrived in Chicago after six-weeks in France, Italy and Spain. Thank you to everyone who offered their prayers and support […]

August 3, 2016

A Reflection on the Last Week of The Rome Experience 2016

The Rome Experience is coming to a close. It’s an odd feeling. Yes, I’m eager to return to the relative conveniences and familiar locales of my home in the United […]

July 6, 2016

“Top 5 Highlights” 2016: Week #6

As we come to a close of our time here in Rome, the surprises the Holy Spirit gives us certainly amazes us every time. With that, here is my top […]

July 1, 2016

Top 5 Highlights of The Rome Experience Week #5

1.  An exam Usually, students don’t get very excited for exams, but this is not a normal class.  Our class just wrapped up on Saturday with our final exam, which […]

June 29, 2016

Rome as Key to Our Past, Present, and Future

A great benefit of partaking in The Rome Experience has been the ability to stretch one’s perspective of the city beyond just the quick tourist traps. We saw many of […]

June 29, 2016

Video Journal from the Rome Experience 2016

Seminarian Phillip Shifflet from the Diocese of Orange has been journaling about the Rome Experience 2016 in a series of videos, which he’s been sharing throughout the summer.  Thank you, […]

June 29, 2016

“Top Five” 2016: Week Four

There are many things that I could write about as being noteworthy on The Rome Experience, but I have limited myself to the list as follows. 1.) The Seven Church […]

June 21, 2016

The Fulfillment of the Prophecies of Daniel

This week we dove into our classes, which were so richly filled with content that we could write dozens of different reflections on all of that content. But one of […]

June 20, 2016

Praying at the Tombs of the Saints

This past week we toured many churches and holy sites in Rome.  One of the first churches that we visited was Santa Maria in Vallicella, or Chiesa Nuova.  St. Philip […]

June 12, 2016

Franciscans and Dominicans

1.) Weekend in Assisi We just arrived back from an overnight trip in Assisi, which was amazing. I went with a group of three other seminarians, but there were other […]

June 10, 2016

“Top Five” 2016: Week Three

Lest one get used to the slow pace and structured schedule of our time in Ars, this week (i.e., week 3 of The Rome Experience) was like being torn from […]

June 9, 2016

A Reflection on Week 3 of The Rome Experience

When I was in Sacramento last summer visiting some seminarian friends of mine, I was struck by how many homeless people there were around the city. Many homeless people—but in […]

June 8, 2016