I had the privilege of accompanying 24 St.Edward’s university students and their two professors- Jack Musselman (Philosophy) & Steve Rodenborn (Theology) – on a “Rome in the Scriptures” educational and cultural trip to the eternal city, in May this year. This was a truly once-in-a- lifetime experience for those who had made the journey from Austin, indeed for many it was not only their first contact with Europe, but also their first travel outside the boundaries of Texas!
A rich and diverse programme was laid on, placing in context some of the fundamental dates and events of Christian history, as well as providing a general social, political and artistic background to the significant role played by Rome throughout the ages. During my 3 days with the group, we certainly covered plenty of miles, mainly on foot ! taking in such iconic sites as St.Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps, the Borghese Museum, the St.Callixtus Catacombs, Castel Saint Angelo and Saint Giovanni church. Every street seems to be steeped in history, so much to see in such a short time- a fascinating visit which leaves me hungry to go back- not least for the beautiful food also on offer!
A big thanks to Rick, Kerri, Christie and Holly for entrusting me once again with the role of providing the visual souvenir for St.Edward’s European academic excursions. Thank you to Jack and Steve, founts of wisdom and experience, but above all blessed with warmth and good humour. And finally thanks to all the students who collaborated so naturally with my photographic demands, and who have provided the images that will encourage future students to follow in their path.