The Center for Catholic Studies regularly sponsors foreign study abroad programs, offering Seton Hall students the opportunity to experience the world and deepen their insights while earning course credits during Spring break or summer programs. Through course/trips such as “Foundations of Christian Culture: Rome” and “Foundations of Christian Culture: England”, participating students gain understanding of the history of Catholicism, explore different countries and cultures and engage in self-reflection and exploration.
During Spring Break 2012, Seton Hall staff and faculty led 22 students on a course/trip to Rome, where they explored the city’s historic sites and learned about Rome’s connection to the foundations of Christianity. Read what students had to say about their life-changing experiences below, and stay tuned for more information regarding the Center for Catholic Studies’ upcoming course/trips in 2013, including study abroad in Rome and Oxford.
Laura Sadowski, Stillman School of Business, Class of 2012
“As I continue to reminisce on my journey through Rome, I am beginning to believe that it was pure faith that led me to this trip. Before I even stepped off the plane, I feel like my mindset had already started to change. The most significant thing I learned in Rome is what I can discover when I venture out of the usual and redundant life routine. Without traveling to Rome and experiencing what I did, I would have never realized the importance of taking the time to slow down in life and to allow for a transformative learning experience that is impossible to experience elsewhere. I may have returned home from Rome, but the experiences I had in Rome and what I learned in Rome will continue to positively affect me for the rest of my life.”
Anthony Priolo, Communications Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 2013
“Each day was a gift and each experience was a blessing. The blessings that I received came in the form of new knowledge, new friendships, new experiences and most of all a better awareness of my religion and myself. This trip, this life changing-event will forever be a part of the man I will become.”
Krystyna Quevedo, College of Nursing, Class of 2014
“I started off my trip to Rome with the Center for Catholic studies questioning my faith, wondering if God really had a plan for me, or if I was just stuck in the same place with the same bad luck all the time. I had my faith, even though it may have seemed to dwindle at times. What really caught me off guard was how much I felt upon our first few excursions. St. Peter’s Basilica and the resting place of his bones was the most awe-inspiring religious event of the trip for me. This was my first real “moment” in Rome. When the tour guide gave us a moment of silence for us to reflect, I had a moment of pure clarity. I thought about St. Peter and all he stood for. I thought of how he knew what he was going in to, was fully knowledgeable of the fact that his death was imminent, and yet he went forward with his plan. He accepted his fate. I realized that he knew he was fulfilling what God had intended him to do. It was at that moment that I saw the intensity of Peter’s faith. It takes a sure heart to be willing to die for love, and Peter did just that. So, in the presence of Saint Peter, I prayed that God help me realize my full potential... For the first time in a long time, I saw how certain events in my life simply could not have happened without the grace of God. However, this experience taught me something else; it took a physical visit to Rome to intensify my faith.”
About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded in 1997, Seton Hall University’s Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture. Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center regularly sponsors faculty development programs including seminars, workshops and retreats. The Center co-established the Core Curriculum at Seton Hall and developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies -- a major, minor and certificate program, now housed in the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the academic department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities focusing on interdisciplinary topics, foreign study programs and opportunities for community, service and scholarship. The Center also has a global focus in international scholarship, and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture, the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute and the Micah Institute for Business and Economics. The Center publishes The Chesterton Review, as well as The Lonergan Review and Arcadia, a student journal. For more information contact a member of the staff.
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