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Campus Ministry Spotlight: RCIA

Posted by: on February 16, 2017   |Comments (0)|Faith

Written by: Ally Luongo, RCIA Coordinator

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Would you like to be confirmed if you are already Catholic? If so, then RCIA is the right group for you! The Right of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, is the method adults prepare to be fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Each week, a group of students meets on campus to discuss different teachings of the Catholic Church. These weekly meetings serve as instruction prior to receiving the sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church. The three sacraments of initiation are Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation. At PC, a special RCIA mass in which candidates receive these sacraments is held the Sunday after Easter. The Bishop will visit campus and celebrate this special mass.

In addition to the weekly meetings, the RCIA group participates in a retreat each semester. This past fall semester, about 20 RCIA students, and a few volunteers from other Campus Ministry groups, volunteered at the Dream Refugee Center in Providence. At the Dream Center, the volunteers prepared and served Thanksgiving Dinner to refugees from around the world. In addition, they had the opportunity to talk to the refugees and hear their stories. It was amazing to see PC students connecting with people from all over the world, while sharing in one of their first Thanksgiving celebrations. After serving, the RCIA group met on campus and discussed the parallel between Jesus’ suffering and a Refugee’s suffering. One main note in the discussion explored the idea that it is only through suffering that a Refugee has the opportunity to be saved, just as it is only through Jesus’ suffering that we all have the opportunity to be saved.

2016 RCIA Class members prep Thanksgiving Dinner

Sister Anne Frances does the honor of carving the turkey at dinner










RCIA is a wonderful way to deepen your Catholic faith and have meaningful conversations about teachings of the Catholic Church. If you are seeking to enter the Catholic Church, know that everyone is welcome! In order to be fully initiated you may have to make up the classes that you missed, but do not worry at all. This can easily be done and everyone is encouraged to take this opportunity!

If you are intested in getting confirmed (there’s still time!) contact Ally Luongo at aluongo1@friars.providence.edu.

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Digital Publishing

Metropolitan Museum of Art Makes 375,000 Images Open Access

Posted by: on February 23, 2017   |Comments (0)|Open Access

This month, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art made 375,000 public domain images available for free use under a Creative Commons Zero license. The development comes as part of the Met’s Open Access initiative, in partnership with Wikimedia Commons, and means that users can access photos of a portion of the Met’s inventory for web viewing and for use with no copyright restriction.

Richard Knipel, president of Wikimedia’s NYC chapter, wrote a blog post detailing the museum’s ongoing open access project, and Thomas P. Campbell, director and CEO of the museum, said in a recent statement that, “Increasing access to the Museum’s collection and scholarship serves the interests and needs of our 21st-century audiences by offering new resources for creativity, knowledge, and ideas. We thank Creative Commons, an international leader in open access and copyright, for being a partner in this effort.”

The museum has partnered with Creative Commons, Wikimedia, Artstor, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Art Resource, and Pinterest to publicize the initiative. The collection can be viewed on the Met’s site here, on Wikimedia, or via Creative Commons. (Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4)

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Elementary Special Education Abroad

Caitlin in Florence

Posted by: on December 9, 2016   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Caitlin Whitaker

ESE Study Abroad Blog

Week of December 4


I can’t believe we are in the single digit countdown to coming home! This has been such an incredible experience it’s hard to believe that we have less than 10 days left. One of the best parts of this experiences has been practicum. Teaching in an italian classroom has been incredible and nothing like what I expected. For starters, I NEVER expected to teach with my hands this much!! And I never expected to teach in a room with no technology. 2 chalboards. That was all I had.  

I don’t know what I was expecting going into this experience. It never really hit me until I got into the classroom that I was teaching English to Italian students. When I walked into the room for the first day the students were so excited and all yelled “good morning” at me. That is why it did not hit me until after I sat down to observe and they all started yelling in Italian. I was attempting to make out the few Italian words I knew, like how to say pizza, pasta and thank you….but none of the students were using those. It was very overwhelming…but I was also excited.

My favorite lesson of this semester was by far the last lesson I taught, my Christmas lesson. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas, so it is obvious that this is by far my favorite subject to teach. Throughout the semester I always made it a point to integrate US cultures and traditions into my lessons whenever possible. I liked to show the students how things are different at home and give them as accurate of a picture of America as possible. When I taught the Christmas lesson we compared Christmas in Italy to Christmas in America and found many similarities and a few differences. For example, in Italy there are no stockings hung by the fireplace. When I was explaining it to the students they thought it was the coolest thing ever but did not understand how Santa could fit anything in a pair of tights!! During the lesson the students were decorating paper ornaments and hanging them up on the paper tree I placed at the front of the room. It was an indescribable feeling to be looking around the room at my little Italian 6th graders as they colored ornaments, writing English phrases on them and randomly bursting into song, with those songs being various American Christmas Carols. I saw the students writing things on their ornaments that I taught them weeks ago. It was such an incredible feeling to see that the students were actually learning and understanding what I was teaching them.

So now as practicum has come to a close, all the weekend trips have ended, and we are in the final single digit countdown, I am realizing more and more how grateful I am for this experience. It has changed me in ways I cannot describe, but I am so thankful for. Florence is a beautiful place to be able to call home for 4 months, but I think I am ready to be back in Friartown!!


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