Goodbye to Rome and goodbye to Bernardi. We will never again be together as a group in Rome, but we will always be a group! We are the Spring 09ers! As I sit in the back of the plane, surrounded by English whispers, I am beginning to realize that it is finally time to go back to what was once familiar.
My experience in Rome is not merely something that I will look back on as a fond memory. It is an experience that is now a part of me and my fellow Bernardians. We will go on with our lives, but certainly a day will not pass that we will not find ourselves referencing or momentarily thinking about our time in Rome. As Fr. Giertych said to many of us on our way out the door, “don’t forget what you have learned here.” I suppose that would be a logical thing to say at the end of every class. But we knew that he meant something more. What we learned in Rome was not simply information and a new skill set. It is a way of life. I am so grateful to have been a part of the Catholic Studies in Rome semester, Spring 2009. There are too many graces to count and too many people to thank! To all who have had a hand in the program, thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Thanks be to God!!!