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Students Take Summer Trip to Rome
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Philanthropy and Christianity at Gregory the GreatA group of Seton Hall students just returned from a week in Rome where they studied the relationship between Philanthropy and Christianity. Through visitation to a variety of sites, including St. Paul’s Outside the Wall, the Basilica of San Gregorio Magno, the Church of the Jesu, and the Vatican, they traced the influence of Christianity on the development of philanthropy from early Christianity through the twenty-first century.

Philosophical tenets from Gospels and from the writings of St. Benedict, Gregory the Great, Aquinas, Luther, Ignatius, Catherine of Siena and others from the Christian tradition provided clues to understanding the role of Christianity in the formation of societal expectations around philanthropic giving and receiving. Through these site visits and several service learning activities, students were encouraged to examine and discern the ultimate purposes of philanthropy in our daily lives. The students participated in service learning activities at three sites in the city. The students provided services to immigrants and medically ill residents through the Comunità di Sant’Egidio, had an opportunity to serve meals to the homeless with the Missionaries of Charity, and participated in a variety of activities through Charitas, a charitable arm of the Diocese of Rome, serving meals, helping with laundry detail and organizing bath supplies.  

The trip fulfilled the requirements of the third core course, Engaging the World, and the students were joined by by Dr. Roseanne Mirabella of the Department of Political Science and Sheila Riley, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

For more information please contact:
Michael Dooney
(973) 275-2155


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