Program

OVERVIEW

THE ROME EXPERIENCE
Monday, May 25 – Monday, July 6, 2020

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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2020 TENTATIVE ITINERARY

Rome, “The Eternal City,” attracts millions of visitors each year. While several visits in 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 to the Faith.

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020 (CHICAGO):
Arrive in Chicago
Orientation
Accommodations – University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein, IL)

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020 (CHICAGO/LYON):
Afternoon Flight Departing for Lyon, France

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020 (LYON/PARAY LE MONIAL):
Arrive in Lyon
Pilgrimage to Paray-Le-Monial
Accommodations – Hostellerie des Trois Pigeons

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 (CLUNY/ARS):
Pilgrimage to Cluny
Arrive in Ars
Accommodations – Foyer Sacerdotal Jean-Paul II

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020 (ARS):
Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon
Begin Spiritual Retreat

TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2020 (ARS):
Retreat Ends

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2020 (ARS/ROME):
Arrive in Rome
Accommodations – Centro Internazionale Animazione Missionaria (CIAM)

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2020 (ROME):
Academic Program Begins
Classes at CIAM and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020 (ROME/BARCELONA):
Arrive Barcelona
Pilgrimage to Monastery and Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat
Accommodations – Hotel Tres Caminos

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2020 (TORRECIUDAD):
Pilgrimage to Shrine of Our Lady of Torreciudad (Huesca)
Day of Reflection

SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2020 (LOURDES):
Pilgrimage to Sanctuary and Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes (France)

SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2020 (ZARAGOZA/MADRID):
Visit to Chapel and Museum of Claretian Martyrs of Barbastro
Pilgrimage to Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Zaragoza)
Arrive Madrid
Accommodations – Casa de Espiritualidad Emaus

MONDAY, JULY 6, 2020 (MADRID/CHICAGO):
Return to the US

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

 


 

The academic courses follow the directives of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy’s Directory for the Ministry and the Life of the Priests (1994) and The Gift of the Priesthood (December 8, 2016).

2020 PROGRAM COURSES

Priests in the New Evangelization (.50 credit)

Future priests need to have a physical and spiritual closeness to people that touches and moves their hearts, as Pope Francis has expressed, in response to the Church’s summons to a New Evangelization. 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, and in Rome, seminarians will contemplate the meaning of a priest is a priest forever and how the remedy for everything is personal holiness. The lives of St. John Vianney, St. Josemaria Escriva, and Pope St. John Paul II, patrons of The Rome Experience, will serve as models and inspiration for reflection on what it means to be of the world but not worldly and how to maintain the dignity of the priesthood at all times and in all places.

The Human Virtues for Priestly Fatherhood,
Character, Steadfastness, and Self-Mastery
(1.25 credits)

Every priest needs to be Christ in his daily life 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 with supernatural outlook. With the current confusion on gender in our society, the Church needs men with a clear priestly identity who steadfastly exercise the strength of character to help promote the holiness of all men and women, celibate and married, lay and consecrated. 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.

 

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).

 

The Basilicas, Churches, and Catacombs of Rome (1.50 credits)

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 readings and discussion in the classroom, and a series of in-depth guided tours, seminarians will have the various volumes of this “encyclopedia” opened for them, to confirm them as followers of Christ and future evangelizers.

 


 

TENTATIVE DAILY SCHEDULE

“If you use your time well, Rome will leave a mark on your soul, a deep, lasting imprint. And, you will be able to be a more faithful son of the Church.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

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

Visits with family, friends, brother seminarians, and priests are only permitted during scheduled free time. Family and friends visiting Rome should be informed of this policy. Visits from vocation directors, rectors, or bishops may occur at any time that is convenient.

WEEKDAYS:

8:00   AM Breakfast
9:00   AM Class
10:00 AM Class
11:00 AM Break
12:00 PM Angelus / Class
1:00   PM Lunch

DAILY SCHEDULE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Mass
  • Afternoon Tours/Classes
  • Evening Prayer
  • Dinner
  • Holy Rosary
  • Examination of Conscience and Night Prayer

WEEKLY SCHEDULE INCLUDES:

  • Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
  • Confession and Spiritual Direction
  • Papal Liturgies
  • Visits to Vatican Congregations
  • Tours and Excursions

* 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 evening prayer.