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.
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.
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!
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: http://www.catholictv.com/Pallium-Mass.aspx
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
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
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