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Active - JAN 176: Christians in Rome, Yesterday and Today: A Pilgrimage of Faith from a Global Perspective
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 12/01/2017 12/01/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:Christians in Rome, Yesterday and Today: A Pilgrimage of Faith from a Global PerspectiveCourse ID:JAN 176Instructors:Father Dave Gentry-Akin, Professor Ginny PriorContact Email:dgentry@stmarys-ca.eduLocation:

Italy: Rome, Subiaco, Assisi, Siena

Course Description:

This course explores the pivotal importance of Rome as a site of importance in early Christian history as well as today.  In Rome, as in no other place, one can visit the site of Peter’s martyrdom and the site of a first century house church led by Clement, one of Peter’s successors.  However, one can also experience, a very vivid way, the way in which Rome continues to be an important center for the global reality of Roman Catholicism, with church leaders and ministers converging from every part of the world on Rome, which continues to be the heartbeat of the global Catholic reality.

Thus, this course has two distinctive foci: 1) the legacy of the early Christians, who first converged on Rome because they recognized it as the center of Western civilization in the first century and as the place from which their witness and efforts at evangelization could be maximally effective, and 2) a contemporary context for the life and work of the Roman Catholic Church, as it has been for the past twenty centuries.  From Rome, bishops are appointed for every part of the Catholic world.  In Rome, priests and ministers are trained at the pontifical Catholic universities for the work that they will undertake in every part of the world.  From Rome, conferences are held and documents are issued that continue to shape the experience of Roman Catholics worldwide. 

Division:Upper DivisionPrerequisites:

TRS 097

Informational Meetings:

Attendance at one of the following meetings is mandatory for enrollment (contact instructor if you have conflicts):

Thursday 9/8, 6:00-7:00pm, Dante 213

Sunday 9/11, 9:15-10:15pm, Dante 213

Tuesday 9/13, 6:00-7:00pm, Dante 213

Reading List:


Pope Francis.  Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel.  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Softbound, 160 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-60137-458-5. This text lays out Pope Francis’ vision for the Church and for a global society characterized by a respect for the dignity of all persons.  Sections 52-75 include extensive treatment of globalization and the challenges for human dignity and equality that flow from it: an “economy of exclusion” and a “financial system that rules rather than serves”, resulting in “an inequality that spawns violence on a global scale”.  

Korn, Frank J.  A Catholic’s Guide To Rome: Discovering the Soul of the Eternal City.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780809139262.

This text is a useful guide to getting around Rome, with commentaries on every significant church or historical site.  It will be assigned as background reading before important site visits. Llach, Juan José, ed.  Summary of Globalization: Main Outcomes of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2008. This text, developed by professors at the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences in Rome, treats the phenomenon of globalization as it emerges after the Second World War, and the response of the Church’s Social Teaching to this contemporary phenomenon and the opportunities and challenges it presents for the progress and development of the human family from a global perspective.  Treated in the text from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching related to globalization are topics such as efforts at global cooperation and interdependence as represented by entities such as the United Nations, and raised by such global issues as terrorism, violence, war, and nuclear technology; multilaterialism, regionalism, the re-emergence of nationalism, technology, social communication, the market, and international financial systems. Woods, Thomas E., Jr.  How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2005. ISBN: 9781596983281. This text treats the role that Catholic thought, phenomena such as the monastic movement, and the Catholic Church as an institution historically played in the development of the university system, the natural sciences, art and architecture, international law, economics, and efforts at alleviating suffering through national and international efforts at charity and human development.Magnificat Prayer Book Course Reader

Basis for Final Grade:

25% Objective Exam on Reading Administered Before Departure. 25% Participation 25% Postings on Course Blog 25% Final Paper completed upon return to States.


Course Fee Per Student:$3,500Description of What the Course Fee Covers:

Airfare.  Double room in Rome.  Daily Breakfast.  Charter Bus transportation to and from airport and to and from Subiaco, Assisi,and Siena.  6-8 group lunches or dinners.  All other meals are the student’s responsibility.


Dates Traveling:

Mon, Jan 16 through Mon Feb 6.

Dates on Campus:

Mon, Jan 9 through Thu, Jan 12.

Class Schedule:MTuWTh, 2:45 - 5:20 PMSpaces reserved for freshmen:0