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JAN 177: Christians in Rome, Yesterday and Today: A Pilgrimage of Faith from a Global Perspective
Assisi, Italy; Rome, Italy; Siena, Italy; Subiaco, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2018 11/17/2017 11/17/2017 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:
Christians in Rome, Yesterday and Today: A Pilgrimage of Faith from a Global Perspective

Course Description:
This course explores the pivotal importance of Rome as a site of importance in early Christian history as well as today.  In Rome, as in no other place, one can visit the site of Peter’s martyrdom and the site of a first century house church led by Clement, one of Peter’s successors.  However, one can also experience, in a very vivid way, the way in which Rome continues to be an important center for the global reality of Roman Catholicism, with church leaders and ministers converging from every part of the world on Rome, which continues to be the heartbeat of the global Catholic reality.

Thus, this course has two distinctive foci: 1) the legacy of the early Christians, who first converged on Rome because they recognized it as the center of Western civilization in the first century and as the place from which their witness and efforts at evangelization could be maximally effective, and 2) a contemporary context for the life and work of the Roman Catholic Church, as it has been for the past twenty centuries.  From Rome, bishops are appointed for every part of the Catholic world.  In Rome, priests and ministers are trained at the pontifical Catholic universities for the work that they will undertake in every part of the world.  From Rome, conferences are held and documents are issued that continue to shape the experience of Roman Catholics worldwide.

Division:
Upper Division

Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor and TRS 097

Reading List:
Pope Francis.  Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel.  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Softbound, 160 pages.  ISBN: 978-1-60137-458-5.
Korn, Frank J.  A Catholic’s Guide To Rome: Discovering the Soul of the Eternal City.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780809139262.
Llach, Juan José, ed.  Summary of Globalization: Main Outcomes of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  Vatican City: Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, 2008.
Woods, Thomas E., Jr.  How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization.  Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, Inc. 2005. ISBN: 9781596983281.

Basis for Final Grade:
25% Objective Exam on Reading Administered Before Departure.
25% Participation
25% Postings on Course Blog
25% Final Paper completed upon return to States.