Program

 

OVERVIEW

THE ROME EXPERIENCE
May 22 – July 5, 2017

Through The Rome Experience, seminarians have the opportunity to pray and to learn at some of the holy and historically significant sites of Christianity, including the Shrine of St. John Vianney in Ars, France, the major basilicas of Rome, the Catacombs, and many more. As a pilgrimage experience, The Rome Experience encourages the seminarians prayerfully to discover the hand of God in his Church and to receive a stimulus for their spiritual lives and ongoing formation.

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ITINERARY 2017 (TENTATIVE)

Rome, “The Eternal City,” attracts millions of visitors each year. While several visits of Rome and its environs are scheduled, seminarians will be strongly encouraged to maintain a spirit of prayer and pilgrimage, remembering that they have come to Rome as future priests to pray and study next to the Chair of St. Peter and the saints, while providing a witness of the Faith.

MONDAY, MAY 22, 2017 (CHICAGO):
Arrive in Chicago
Orientation
Accommodations – University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL)

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017 (CHICAGO/ARS):
Afternoon Flight Departing for Lyon/Ars

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017 (ARS):
Arrive in Lyon/Ars
Accommodations – Foyer Sacerdotal Jean-Paul II

THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017 (ARS):
Pilgrimage to Paray Le Monial and Cluny

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017 (ARS):
Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon
Retreat Begins

TUESDAY, MAY 30, 2017 (ARS):
Retreat Ends

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017 (ARS/ROME):
Arrive in Rome
Accommodations – Centro Internazionale Animazione Missionaria (CIAM)

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017 (ROME):
Academic Program Begins
Classes at CIAM and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017 (ROME/BARCELONA/MADRID):
Arrive in Torreciudad
Pilgrimages to Lourdes & In the Footsteps of St. Josemaria
Accommodations – Hosteria El Tozal (Torreciudad) and Casa de Espiritualidad Emaus (Madrid)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017 (MADRID/CHICAGO):
Return to the US

* PLEASE NOTE: The itinerary is subject to change.
A final schedule will be given to each seminarian at orientation.

 


 

COURSES & FACULTY

PRIESTS IN THE NEW EVANGELIZATION (.50 credit)

For the New Evangelization, future priests need to have a physical and spiritual closeness to people, and to touch and move people’s hearts, as Pope Francis is reminding the Church. St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, did all of these things while re-evangelizing Ars after the spiritual ravages of the French Revolution. While on retreat in Ars, seminarians will ponder the Church’s summons to a New Evangelization through the lives of the St. John Vianney and St. Josemaria, who demonstrated through their priestly ministry, how the New Evangelization can be successfully enacted.

Instructor: Rev. JOHN SIMS BAKER, DIOCESE OF NASHVILLE; PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM

THE HUMAN VIRTUES FOR PRIESTLY FATHERHOOD,
MANLINESS, STEADFASTNESS, AND SELF-MASTERY
(.50 credit)

Every priest needs to have the human virtues in order to sanctify himself and to succeed in his priestly mission. The Directory for the Life and Ministry of the Priest emphasizes the human virtues as cornerstones for the priest being a well-rounded, resilient, and reliable man, capable of ministering effectively to God’s people. This course will offer a theoretical account of these virtues and how they can be acquired through Aristotelian-Thomistic anthropology, and St. Josemaria Escriva’s practical proposals for seeking holiness through the virile pursuit of the human virtues.

Instructor: Rev. Robert Gahl, Associate Professor of Ethics, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

PRIESTLY IDENTITY (1 credit)

“The theme of priestly identity is crucial to the exercise of the priestly ministry today, and in the future. In a context of widespread secularization, which is gradually excluding God from the public sphere, the priest often appears ‘foreign’ to the common perception. This is precisely because of the most fundamental aspects of his ministry, such as, being a man of the sacred, removed from the world to intercede on behalf of the world and being appointed to this mission by God and not by men” (Benedict XVI, Congregation of the Clergy Conference, March 12, 2010).

Instructor: REV. SAMUEL MOREHEAD, ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER; PASTOR, ALL SOULS CATHOLIC PARISH, ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO

COURSE ACCREDITATION
The Rome Experience courses are accredited by the:

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
Piazza Sant’Apollinare, 49
00186, Rome, Italy
www.pusc.it/eng

PASTORAL PRACTICE SEMINAR (.50 credit)

This seminar will help the seminarian bridge the gap between the theological and spiritual principles learned during The Rome Experience with the lived experience of a parish priest. The goal is to help the seminarian to understand his future responsibility as a priest to imitate and live out Christ’s own pastoral charity—a pastoral charity that, in essence, requires a total gift of self to the Church and that makes special demands on the parish priest (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 1992).

Instructor: Rev. Eric Nielsen, Diocese of Madison; Director, St. Paul University Catholic Center, Madison, Wisconsin

A BIBLICAL, HISTORICAL AND ECCLESIASTICAL THEOLOGY OF ROME (1.5 credits)

This course presents a biblical and historical theology of Rome. Seminarians will discover an exciting narrative about Jewish prophecies, Apostles, martyrs, Popes, and Caesars as we unpack the theological history of God’s plan for Rome in conjunction with its’ geographical location.

Instructor: Dr. Taylor Marshall, President, New Saint Thomas Institute

 

PILGRIMAGES AND TOURS OF THE BASILICAS,
CHURCHES, AND CATACOMBS OF ROME
(.50 credit)

The patriarchal basilicas, catacombs and other ancient churches in Rome are an encyclopedia of Church history and theology taught not in words but in indelible images of architecture, sculpture, painting and mosaic. As with the interpretation of stained glass windows, however, one needs to learn the art of reading that encyclopedia, by understanding the meaning and context of the symbols used. Through in-depth guided tours, seminarians will have the various volumes of this encyclopedia opened for them, to nourish them as followers of Christ and future apostles.

Instructor: DR. MICHAEL TINKLER, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ART AND ARCHITECTURE, HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES, GENEVA, NEW YORK

 


 

DAILY SCHEDULE (TENTATIVE)

The Rome Experience’s daily schedule* is designed to help the participants benefit maximally from all the offerings of the program, to foster fraternity, and to remain intimately united to Christ through prayer and study.

WEEKDAYS:

6:45   AM Morning Prayer
7:00   AM Meditation and Holy Mass
8:00   AM Breakfast
9:00   AM Class
10:00 AM Class
11:00 AM Class
1:00   PM Lunch
2:00   PM Tours/Free Time
6:45   PM Evening Prayer and Mental Prayer
7:30   PM Dinner
9:00   PM Rosary, Examination of Conscience, Night Prayer

WEEKLY SCHEDULE INCLUDES:

  • Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
  • Confession and Spiritual Direction
  • Papal Liturgies and Audiences
  • Visits to Congregations

* PLEASE NOTE: The daily schedule is subject to change.
A final schedule will be given to each seminarian at orientation.

 


 

SPIRITUAL RETREAT

The Rome Experience begins with a 5-day spiritual retreat in Ars, France focused on Christ’s presence in the Eucharist as the source and root of the priestly life. The retreat is a time for prayer, reflection, and rest to prepare the seminarians to fully absorb their spiritual pilgrimage to Rome.

 


 

EXCURSIONS

Unless otherwise noted, students have free time every Saturday from noon until Sunday dinnertime.