Pontifical University of the Holy Cross


The courses offered through The Rome Experience are accredited by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
The mission of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, or “Santa Croce”, is “Training future leaders to serve the universal Church from the heart of Rome”.  Santa Croce is the youngest of Rome’s pontifical universities, but in its only 23 year existence, now numbers 15 bishops among its alumni — bishops now functioning in Europe, Africa and South America.

About the Emblem of the University
According to Father John Wauck, communications professor at Santa Croce, “the design is a reminder that the cross has to be carried out into the world.  It doesn’t come to an end and proceed no further. ”

The four points represent the four directions, indicating “the four corners of the earth”.  The inspiration for the cross came from St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, who would often draw such a cross as a means to keep himself in the presence of God.  Crowned by the papal symbols of crossed keys, the design also shows Santa Croce acts in service of the Church, carrying out Christ’s Great Commission.

“I think there’s no better way to serve the whole Church than to serve its priests,” Father Wauck says, “because the priests are going to go out into the whole world.  [By teaching classes here] I have the opportunity to be serving people I will never meet — in a village in Sri Lanka, in a village in Africa, in a tiny island in the Philippines, in the Andes in Peru, someplace in Canada — I’m actually doing a service for them by forming their priest.”

Website of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross:  www.pusc.it


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