A 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
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.
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.
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