Students taking the Catholic Studies Course CAST 3998 (CORE 3762) Italy in the Footsteps of the Saints will be traveling to Rome and Florence from February 25 – March 5, 2016, on the occasion of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. Led by Dr. Ines Murzaku, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Catholic Studies, this three-credit study abroad course examines the interplay between Italy's profound spiritual heritage and cultural achievements, focusing on the contributions of such key figures as the Apostles Peter and Paul, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis.
Prior to leaving for Rome, students meet for classes that cover the history and culture of classical and Christian Rome. Once in Italy students will keep a daily academic journal from which they will ultimately write a major research paper. In addition to attending the Holy Father’s Noon Angelus at St. Peter’s Square and attending the papal audience with Pope Francis, students will tour an amazing array of sites and places including:
- The Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Basilica of San Clemente
- The Capitoline Museum and Piazza del Campidoglio
- The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon
- The Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
- The Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Holy Stairs and the Basilica of St. Mary Major
- The large archeological site of Ostia Antic
- The Campo dei Fiori and the Jewish Ghetto
- The Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica
- The Galleria dell’Accademia (Michelangelo’s David), the Duomo, Baptistery and Piazza della Signoria
“This is one of my favorite trips to lead,” said Dr. Murzaku. “All of the Catholic Studies Department’s study abroad courses encourage students to cultivate their global knowledge and deepen their faith, but as a spiritual center for the Christian world, this course helps us do this in a very special way as Rome and Florence’s contribution to art, music, architecture and political thought is unsurpassed.”
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About the Department of Catholic Studies
The Department of Catholic Studies was established at Seton Hall University in 2012 during the Year of Faith and the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. In December 2013 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, imparted the Apostolic Blessing to Seton Hall University to commemorate the founding of the Department of Catholic Studies program, making Seton Hall the first and only university in the United States to claim such a rare honor.
The Department of Catholic Studies fosters Seton Hall University’s Catholic identity and mission, globally promotes Catholic thought and culture through its publications and lecture series and prepares students to become servant leaders through its academic and study abroad programs. These programs are led by faculty who explore Catholicism’s rich intellectual tradition and living heritage across a variety of disciplines including history, modern Catholicism, philosophy, theology, social service, art, music and literature. Moreover, the Catholic Studies undergraduate program offers a custom-built curriculum that affords students the opportunity to major, double major, minor, double minor or earn a certificate in Catholic Studies. For more information, Click here»