May 6, 2012. (Romereports.com)
This may seem like a typical college course..... Students taking notes during class while the teacher lectures. But, in reality this semester is anything but typical. Once class is out, their classroom becomes the city of Rome
“It was cool just to go out into the city and just kind of walk in their footsteps and just see everything come to life, said a student.”
From the Vatican to the Colosseum and beyond, these 22 students are taking in everything the city has to offer. They're juniors at Christendom College, which is a Catholic University in Virginia. But for a semester, they get to call the Eternal City, home.
John Peter Noronha
“Some of them have never traveled outside their country or outside their own little states and so it's so special to see them, a bit anxious at the beginning and then growing.”
The international program will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. Usually about 35 students take part in the program. In fact, after class, they have the option of celebrating Mass. It all takes place in a building, just a few feet away from the Vatican and the Pope. They say it's just one of the experiences that has strengthened their faith.
“One of my favorite experiences was Easter Vigil. After Mass was over, he come down the isle, I could seriously reach out and shake his hand.”
“It was awesome to walk through the forum and you really understood what it was like and how it used to be the head of the world and now the Church has risen and become the center of the world in Rome, you know.”
And now, as they make their way back home, it's time to sort out everything they've experienced-it also gives them the opportunity of sharing that knowledge with others.
“Being both a history major and Catholic, it has been the best of all worlds. I've learned so much about culture, history, and about the Church and the history of the Church and saints. It has been the best experience of my life, for sure.”
John Peter Noronha
“We are hoping, we can send the students out from their program with the idea of sharing and proclaiming the love, joy and peace and spirit of the Universal Church.”
The students say, they couldn't have picked a better place to live a cultural, educational and religious experience, than the one and only Eternal City.