Rome Experience 2010 — day 15

November 19, 2010

Sunday, June 6 

Left for Rome today.   Before we arrived in Rome, we stopped in Cascia to visit and pray before the tomb of St. Rita of Cascia.  After that, we had lunch and traveled on to Rome, where we moved into our quarters at Fraterna Domus.

First view of St. Peter's Basilica for Rome Experience 2010 seminarians

We decided to visit St. Peter’s basilica before it closed – for most of us, a first-time visit.  The light shone in just spectacularly.  That sight alone was worth a trip to Rome  — but then Father Heisler was able to convince a guard to let us get up close to the main altar in St. Peter’s, and there we were able to say some prayers for the Holy Father.  That made that first visit to St. Peter’s perfect – a special experience.  We then walked back to Fraterna Dormus, had dinner and then went to bed to be ready for class the next morning.


Tiber talk

September 1, 2010

Rome Experience seminarians make themselves very much at home in Rome.  A stroll along the Tiber river is a daily delight.  

First day in Rome -- June 6 2010


 Seminarian Jeffrey Gardner talks, as Nicolaus Thai and Fr. John Heisler face the camera.  The group stands along the rail lining the Tiber, with the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica visible behind them.

Rome rating: two thumbs up!

July 18, 2010

Exhilarating and exciting, as well as educational:  The Rome Experience clearly pleases the class of 2010!

Front row, left to right:  Trent Schmidt, Adam Kerrigan, Gregg Pedersen and Nicolaus Thai stroll the cobbled streets in style.

Having an excellent time!

Pallium Mass impresses

July 8, 2010

Photo and story submitted by Jason Keas on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles, June 29, 2010    

“This is a picture of us this morning at the Pallium mass.   This morning, we woke up and, while sacrificing breakfast, stood in line for the Pallium mass.  We got in line around 7 AM.  The gates opened at 8 AM for a 9:30 mass.   We got good seats, though we were all spread around.   I was about seven rows back in the open seating section.   Other seminarians got to sit much closer, and some have some good stories about getting in closer. It was great to experience a mass inside St. Peter’s, and to see 38 bishops receive the pallium.”    

Ready to line up early for the Pallium Mass, June 29, 2010


Pictured above, left to right:  seminarians Kevin Drew, Erik Bakk, John Hammond, Brendan Johnson, Jason Keas, and Rome Experience faculty member Fr. Eric Nielsen.   

To give an idea of just how packed it was and why it was necessary to line up two-and-a-half hours in advance, here is video from the mass:

One down…

July 2, 2010

From Kevin Hurley:  Jason Keas hands in his final exam paper to the professor, Fr. Pablo Gadenz, in the  classroom at PUSC on June 25, 2010.

Handing it over: Jason Keas turns in his exam paper to Fr. Gadenz

Finals time rolls around

July 1, 2010

Kevin Hurley provided this photo of Rome Experience students taking a final exam.  The class was Father Pablo Gadenz’s course on The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI; the test was on June 25 at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

Concentrating during a final exam

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith welcomes Rome Experience men

June 30, 2010

Kevin Hurley submitted this photo,  taken by Father Eric Nielsen on June 19, 2010, after the Rome Experience seminarians and faculty met with Fr. Steven Lopes at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  The Prefect of the CDF is Archbishop William Levada, appointed in 2005 to succeeed Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger — now the Holy Father — who held the position until he was elected pope.  As Prefect of the CDF, Levada acts as the principal defender of teachings of the Church.

Father Lopes, the archbishop’s secretary, is holding a white paper in the front row.

Rome Experience seminarians visit Fr. Steven Lopes at CDF

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