Catholic college students from across the country are participating in the Undergraduate Summer Rome Program run by the University of Dallas at its Rome campus this month, the University announced.
The six-week program includes two courses, Faith and Culture and The Catholic Imagination. The itinerary of the program includes visits to Florence, Assisi, Monte Cassino, the home of St. Thomas Aquinas, a papal audience at the Vatican, the Galleria Berghese and Vatican Museums.
Ron Rombs, associate professor of theology and director of the Summer Rome Program, spoke about students' experiences.
"We just began reading some of the short stories of Flannery O'Conner this morning," said Rombs. "They were shocked and thrilled. To take students from seeing what looks like tragedy and to peel back the layers, so to speak, such that they begin to see the glimmering of grace -- and hence, redemption -- what a joy for everyone."
"It's the most fun I've had in a long time -- and it seems to be a great deal of fun for the students as well -- if the grins that they can't seem to wipe off of their faces are any indication," said Rombs.
Students participating in the program this summer hail from many other universities such as Ave Maria University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas.
The Undergraduate Summer Rome Program is the beginning of a series of summer programs taking place at the University of Dallas Rome campus. Other programming includes the Shakespeare in Italy and Latin in Rome programs for high school students and the School of Ministry Program for adults and graduate students.
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