Christendom Student Describes ‘Powerful’ Rome Experience
March 4, 2014, at 3:50 PM
By Kelly Conroy |
A Christendom College student “walked in the footsteps of saints” during the College’s Semester in Rome Program.
Maria Bonvissuto resided next to the Vatican and walked through St. Peter’s Square every morning on her way to class, according to the Arlington Catholic Herald. The Rome Program serves as a capstone experience to the first two years of the College’s liberal arts curriculum.
The Herald Reports:
“It was so surreal to have Pope Francis slowly advance toward the spot where we were standing. None of us could believe it was actually happening. Then he drove right by and looked right at our group. He was so close I could almost have reached out and touched him,” she said. “How do you describe being right there, and seeing the Holy Father, the vicar of Christ Himself, pass right by you? I think it's an experience you really have to have for yourself to fully appreciate it.”
“We all had moments that touched us, whether it was walking the streets of Assisi, seeing Papa Francesco up close, praying before the tomb of a favorite saint, marveling at the view from the Duomo in Florence, gazing at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, or simply spending time with friends over delicious food and wine at our weekly Wednesday night dinners,” she said. “We had literally walked in the footsteps of saints.”
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