Greetings from the Eternal City! My name is Lisa Northenscold, I am a junior at St. Thomas double majoring in Catholic Studies and Elementary Education. This semester I am studying in Rome with 28 other students from St. Thomas. We all live in a house called Bernardi and attend classes at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum for short, or the Ang for shorter).
Because of my obsession with photography, this will be mostly a photo blog, but I have teamed up with my fellow Bernardian, Jacqueline Lucca, who will balance out my photos with writing, to give you a glimpse into what it is like to study in the Catholic Studies Rome Program.
One of the most crazy-awesome things I have learned about Rome so far is how much of a spiritual powerhouse it is. Where else in the world is walking off the street into a random church and finding the bones of a martyr a common daily occurrence?
Last week I was blessed to be able to kiss the tomb of St. Monica, my confirmation saint, and ask for intercession from her whose unceasing prayers helped bring her son St. Augustine back to the faith. I also visited the tombs of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Catherine of Siena, the heart of St. Charles Borromeo, the hand of St. Francis Xavier, and many others. I also got to experience my first Papal Audience. With just one week down, it’s hard to imagine what the coming months will hold.
Ciao! I’m Jacqueline Lucca. I am a senior, double majoring in English and Catholic Studies, and my favorite type of gelato is stracciatella.
The picture to the left was taken on one of the best days of my life—my first Wednesday in Rome and the day I came within a foot of our beloved Papa Francesco. Leaving at the brutal time of 5:30am ensured that we got close to the front of the “line.”(Incidentally, when Italians say line they mean constantly shifting mob of highly energetic people, which came to a culture shock to some of us and highly amusing for others). Our group of Bernadians made it to the front section and were along an isle. Pope Francis went right by us, twice, coming within a foot of many of us and looking directly at others! So, as you can see by Lisa’s pictures, the past week was basically exploding with grace and blessings.