Our Schedule

  1. Schedule of Daily Times, Locations, Topics, and Assignments
Tue, Jan 6: Pope Francis and the Joy of the Gospel
2:45-5:20 pm Sichel 102 Introductions, Practical Considerations.
Seminar 1: Begin discussion of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (Father Dave)
Wed, Jan 7: The Good Pope: The Making of a saint and the remaking of the Catholic Church
2:45-5:20 pm Sichel 102 Seminar 2: Begin discussion of Tobin’s The Good Pope (Father Mike)
Thu, Jan 8: Backpack Journalism
2:45-5:20 pm Sichel 102 Seminar 3: Orientation to the multimedia documentation for our course (Professor Prior)
Fri, Jan 9: What is a pilgrimage?
2:45-5:20 pm Sichel 102 Seminar 4: Screening and discussion of film, The Way (Father Mike)
Sat, Jan 10: Free Day
Sun, Jan 11: Free Day
Mon, Jan 12: What is Globalization and what role does the Church play in it?
2:45-4:00 pm Sichel 102 Read assigned passages in Francis and in Llach (Father Dave)
4:45 pm SMC Bus Circle Load bus with luggage
5:15 pm Depart for San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
6:45 pm SFO Check in at Lufthansa Counter in International Terminal
8:50 pm Departure of Lufthansa #459 to Munich
Tue, Jan 13: Welcome to Rome, The eternal City
5:10 pm MUC Arrive Munich, Germany (MUC)
7:15 pm Departure of Lufthansa # 1848 to Rome
8:45 pm Leonardo da Vinci (FCO) Airport Arrive at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport; take chartered bus to Villa Irlanda.
Wed, Jan 14: Orientation Day
7:00-9:00 am Villa Irlanda Breakfast; free morning to unpack, settle in, take a walk, and explore the neighborhood.
11:00 am Morning Prayer and Mass
12:00 noon Trip with Father Dave to ATM to get cash
1:00 pm Lunch at nearby restaurant (on the program)
6:00 pm Seminar 5: Father Dave, Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter 3
7:30 pm Vespers
8:00 pm Dinner at nearby restaurant (on the program)
Thurs, Jan 15: Saint Clement: Third Successor of Saint Peter
7:00-9:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Villa Irlanda Lauds
9:00 am Seminar 6: Father Mike, Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter 4
10:30 am Visit to the Basilica of San Clemente with Professor Robert White
12:30 pm Lunch on your own; Optional City Bus Tour
5:30 pm Mass
6:30 pm Seminar 7: Professor Prior; Blog Workshop
8:00 pm Vespers
8:30 pm Dinner on your own
Fri, Jan 16: The Martyrdom of Peter: “Someone will lead you where you do not wish to go”
8:30 am Villa Irlanda Lauds, Seminar 8: Father Dave, Evangelii Gaudium, Chapter 5
9:45 am Assemble for Departure to Saint Peter’s
11:00 am Saint Peter’s Basilica Scavi Tour
12:30 pm Lunch Provided by the Program
1:30 pm Free Time to explore the vicinity of Saint Peter’s
3:45 pm TBA Depart for North American College
4:15 pm North American College Mass
5:00 pm North American College: Tour, Panel Discussion, Vespers
7:15 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Sat, Jan 17: The Classical heritage of Ancient Rome
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Lauds; Seminar 9: Father Dave, Woods, Chapters 1-4; Llach, 37-57
11:00 am Mass
11:30 am Free Time; Lunch on your own
1:30 pm Departure for the Coliseum, Palatine, and Roman Forum
2:00 pm Guided Visit with Dr. Elizabeth Lev
4:00 pm Free Afternoon and Evening
Sun, Jan 18: “Listen with the Ear of Your Heart”: a journey to the land of benedict and scholastica
8:00 am Villa Irlanda Gather for Departure via Chartered Bus to Subiaco
10:00 am Subiaco Guided Site Visit to Subiaco, Cave of Saint Benedict
11:30 am Mass
1:30 pm Lunch on the program
2:30 pm Guided Site Visit to Saint Scholastica’s Monastery
4:00 pm Gather for Departure via Chartered Bus back to Rome
6:00 pm Free Evening
Dinner On Your Own
Mon, Jan 19: theology: “Faith Seeking Understanding”
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Departure to Lay Centre
9:30 am Lay Centre Lauds
10:00 am Lay Centre Roundtable Discussion on the Study of Theology
12:00 pm Mass
1:00 pm Lunch provided by the program (Lay Centre)
Free Afternoon
5:00 pm Villa Irlanda Film Screening, “Of Gods and Men”, Part 1
6:30 pm Villa Irlanda Seminar 10: Father Mike, Tobin, p. 1-147
8:00 pm Vespers
8:30 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Tues, Jan 20: “The Blood of the Martyrs is the Seed of the Church”
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Departure for the Catacombs
10:00 am Guided Site Visit to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano
12:00 pm Lunch provided by the program
4:00 pm Villa Irlanda Film Screening, “Of Gods and Men”, Part 2
5:30 pm Villa Irlanda Mass
6:30 pm Seminar 11: Father Dave, Woods, 5-8, Llach 57-86
8:00 pm Vespers
8:30 pm Dinner on your own; Free Time
Wed, Jan 21: Saint Agnes: Model of Holiness in the Early Church
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble Departure to Sant’ Agnese
10:30 am Sant’ Agnese Mass and Blessing of the Lambs
12:00 pm Trip to Loyola Chicago Rome Center
1:00 pm Lunch in Vicinity of Loyola Chicago Rome Center (on the program)
2:00 pm Class with Professor Emilio Iodice: “Values Based Leadership”
4:30 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Thurs, Jan 22: “The Great throng of witnesses”
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Trip to Lay Centre
9:30 am Lay Centre Lauds
10:00 am Lecture by Professor Donna Orsuto, “The Theology of Martyrdom in Early Christianity”
11:00 am Guided Site Visit to Case Romane beneath the Basilica of Ss. Giovanni and Paulo
1:00 pm Mass??
Lunch provided by the program (Lay Centre)
Free Time
3:00 pm Assemble for trip to Motherhouse of the Christian Brothers
4:00 pm Meet with Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, Superior General of the International Institute
5:00 pm OR Mass HERE??
Visit to the Chapel and the Relics of the Founder
Visit to the De La Salle Museum
Vespers
7:00 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Fri, Jan 23: “Like a Deer That Longs for Running Streams”: The Theology of Baptism
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Departure to Lay Centre
9:30 am Lay Centre Lauds
10:00 am Lecture by Professor Donna Orsuto, “The Theology of Baptism”
11:00 am Depart for Saint John Lateran
11:30 am Saint John Lateran Mass in the Baptistery
12:00 pm Guided Site Visit to the Baptistery
1:30 pm Lunch provided by the program
Free Time
4:30 pm Villa Irlanda Film Screening, “Little Flowers of Saint Francis”
6:30 pm Vespers
6:45 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Sat, Jan 24: “Lord, Make Me an Instrument of your Peace”: Assisi, the Land of Francis and Clare
5:15 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Chartered Bus Ride to Assisi
7:45 am Assisi Arrive in the Land of Francis and Clare
8:45 am Mass at the Tomb of Saint Francis
10:00 am Guided Site Visit with a Friar or a Sister of the Atonement
2:00 pm Free Time to Explore Assisi
6:00 pm Assemble for Chartered Bus Ride back to Rome
8:30 pm Arrive at Villa Irlanda
Free Time; Dinner on your own
Sun, Jan 25: “That All May be One”
9:30 am Lauds
10:00 am Assemble for trip to Caravita for Mass
11:00 am Caravita Mass
12:15 pm Trip to Lay Centre for lunch
1:00 pm Lunch provided on the program
3:00 pm Travel to Saint Paul Outside the Walls
3:30 pm Saint Paul’s Cue up for Vespers with the Holy Father
7:00 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Mon, Jan 26: ”To All God’s Beloved in Rome . . .”
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Lauds
9:30 am Seminar 12: Father Mike, Tobin, 148-242
11:00 am Free Time; Lunch on your own
2:00 pm Assemble for trip to Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls
3:00 pm Guided Site Visit to Saint Paul’s
4:00 pm Lecture by Abbot Edmund Power, OSB, “Who Was the Apostle Paul?”
5:00 pm Mass
6:00 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Tues, Jan 27: “Early Christian Women and House Churches” and
“Touching Hearts: the charism and apostolate of the Christian Brothers”
9:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for trip to Lay Centre
9:30 am Lay Centre Lauds
10:00 am Lecture: Donna Orsuto, “Women in Early Christianity”
10:30 am Travel to the Basilica of Santa Prassedes
11:00 am Mass
11:30 am Guided Site Visit
1:00 pm Lunch provided by the program
Free Time
6:30 pm Villa Irlanda Seminar 13: Professor Prior, Blog Workshop
8:00 pm Vespers
8:30 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Wed. Jan 28: “Feed My Sheep: the ministry of Peter in the Church Today”
7:45 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Trip to Saint Peter’s Basilica
10:30 am Saint Peter’s Audience with the 266th Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Francis
1:00 pm Lunch provided by the program
Free Time to visit the Vicinity of Saint Peter’s
3:30 pm Villa Irlanda Lecture with Scholars of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences
5:30 pm Mass
6:30 pm Seminar 14: Father Dave, Woods 9-Conclusion, Llach 89-93
8:00 pm Vespers
8:30 pm Free Time; Dinner on your own
Thu, Jan 29: “You Are Peter, and On This Rock I Will Build my Church”
7:00 am Villa Irlanda Assemble for Departure to Saint Peter’s Basilica
8:00 am Mass in the Crypt of Saint Peter’s
9:00 am Elizabeth Lev, Guided Site Visit to Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
11:00 pm Free Time; Lunch on your own
6:00 pm Villa Irlanda Assemble for Departure to Trastevere
7:00 pm Meeting with Sant’ Egidio in Trastevere
8:30 pm Vespers with Sant’ Egidio in Santa Maria in Trastevere
9:00 pm Dinner on the program (Trattoria degli Amici)
Fri, Jan 30: Globalization from a Catholic perspective: Solidarity with southern sudan and Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, General Councilor for the English Speaking Countries
8:30 pm Villa Irlanda Lauds
9:00 Departure for International Union of Superiors General and Sister Yudith, Director of Solidarity with Southern Sudan
10:00 am Solidarity with Southern Sudan
11:30 am Free Time; Lunch on your own
5:30 pm Villa Irlanda Mass
6:30 pm Meeting with Brother Timothy Coldwell, FSC, General Councilor for English Speaking Countries, Christian Brothers
8:00 pm Closing Dinner, provided by the program
Sat, Jan 31: Free Day
Sun, Feb 1: Free Day
Mon, Feb 2: “Arrivederci Roma”
9:30 am Villa Irlanda Board Chartered Bus for transportation to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) Airport.
12:05 pm Leonardo Da Vinci (FCO) Departure of Lufthansa 1843 for Munich, Germany (MUC)
1:40 pm MUC Arrive in Munich, Germany
3:50 pm MUC Departure of Lufthansa 458 for San Francisco, California (SFO
7:00 pm SFO Arrive in San Francisco
Tue Feb 17th: Integration Papers Due
5 pm Dante 327 Submit two (2) hard copies. Papers submitted after this deadline will be penalized 10 points for each day they are late.

The Vatican. When students visit the Vatican or meet with Vatican officials, they are not just “going to Church”. They are encountering the dynamic of a political City State that has interests and representatives in every part of the globe. They are coming to understand that Rome and the Roman Catholic Church are truly at the crossroads of civilization. They walk across Saint Peter’s Square and realize how incredibly diverse the Church is. They see nuns and priests and Brothers from Africa, from Asia, from Latin America. They realize that this is one place on the globe that is an important touchstone for peoples of every ethnicity and culture, that their devotion to the Catholic faith helps them to transcend the narrow interests of their own ethnic or cultural “tribe” in order to discover and experience the common humanity of all of God’s children.

2. The Lay Centre Foyer Unitas. This unique centre, located just behind the Roman Colosseum, is an important international gathering place for Catholics and others (including Muslims, Buddhists, and others) who come to Rome to study at one of the Pontifical Universities, where studies can be pursued not only in philosophy and theology, but also in the social sciences. The Centre, rooted in Roman Catholic faith and practice, welcomes people of various religious and cultural traditions and becomes a living laboratory in inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. Our students meet with them for meals and discussions on a daily basis while in Rome.

3. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Students meet with officials from this Vatican dicastery and learn about the Church’s efforts to promote human flourishing among all peoples, to promote justice and peace in various countries and regions of the world, and to promote religious freedom for both Catholics and non-Catholics alike. This work has become increasingly important as the Church seeks to secure religious protection for Catholics in various countries, such as Iraq, where they are a highly persecuted minority, as recent news reports attest.

4. The motherhouse of the Christian Brothers, with the superior general and the general council of the international institute. Until recently, this was Brother Alvaro. Brother is from Costa Rica and spent his early years in ministry in Central America. As superior general, he traveled the world extensively and met with Brothers and Lasallian partners engaged in educational ministry all over the globe. He lectured the students on the global reality of Catholicism and on the work of the Christian Brothers in some 87 different countries. In our meetings with him, he was accompanied by Brothers on the general council representing every region of the world, who were able to speak cogently about the cultural, social, economic, and political realities of the regions they represented, and how the Brothers and their partners sought to be effective agents for human flourishing and for healthy, respectful Christian evangelization and interreligious dialogue in all of those respective regions.

5. The Communita’ di Sant’ Egidio, or Sant’ Egidio Community, is a movement centered in Rome but extending throughout the world, that “seeks to be a worldwide community without borders or walls”. According to their web site, “Friendship among people of different nations and cultures is the everyday way to express this international fraternity. Living this global dimension of life together means both to be open to the world and to belong to one family, the family of disciples. In a world which, at the end of the second millennium is raising barriers and emphasizing national and cultural differences so much that they become the cause of old and new conflicts, the communities of Sant’ Egidio testify to the existence of a common destiny not only for Christians, but for everybody. There are younger and older communities. Some are more populous and more rooted than others; some are better known in their localities, but all of them try to be and truly are a family around Jesus. The community of Rome is the oldest. Being the first community, it performs a service of communion to the younger communities, with no other limit ‘but charity’, as the Pope John Paul II said in Sant’ Egidio on its 25th anniversary in 1993. This unity is expressed in a concrete communion and solidarity among brothers and sisters and it is the best structure for the life and activity of the community itself”. Sant’ Egidio’s most recent international activity was the organization of a meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, in September 2014 on the theme “Peace is the Future: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue 100 Years After World War I”. While in Rome, we visit the founding headquarters and founding leaders of the community and learn about their current efforts for peace and justice throughout the world. The global reach of the Sant’ Egidio community is evident through the existence of their communities around the world, their involvement in projects designed to ameliorate the suffering caused the effects of economic globalization, and the fact that their international website can be accessed in fourteen languages.

6. Solidarity with Southern Sudan. This project of the International Union of Superiors General of religious communities around the world is a multi-congregational effort (i.e., involving the contribution and sharing of resources, human and material, from many international congregations of Sisters, Brothers, and priests. The Christian Brothers are one of the leading constituents of the project) to promote the health and well-being of the people of Southern Sudan, who have suffered immense persecution on the part of their neighbors to the north. The congregations involved have funded and staffed health clinics, elementary schools, and teacher training institutes to foster the health, safety, and well-being of the people of the region.

7. Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences. In order to highlight the theoretical component of our treatment of globalization, we are adding, this year, a meeting with delegates from the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences.

One thought on “Our Schedule

  1. It was good to see that you spent time at the Lay Centre. It is one of my favorite places to visit in Rome and I consider Donna Orsuto at true icon of lay spiritualty, hosptality and ecumenim in Rome.

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