This week I was pleased to welcome the Rogers family to our PC/ CEA Theology and Religious Studies Center. Michael (’76), and Mary Ellen (’77), were in town to visit their son, Fr. Michael Rogers, S.J., a Jesuit priest who is studying here in Rome at the Gregorian University. Their daughter, Mary Kate, who was also on the tour, was just accepted “early decision” to P.C., and will be a member of the class of 2018. Talk about a “Friar family”!
During their visit and tour of the Center, they were able to meet some of our students and the CEA Rome Team. The students were encouraging Mary Kate to already start planning her semester abroad in Rome during her junior year. Mary Kate hopes to study Marketing. Her mother was a Social Work major and her father studied Business Management while at P.C.
Mary Ellen is not only a proud alum of P.C., she is also a member of the College’s Board of Trustees and has served since 2007. As a “good steward” of the College, Mary Ellen had many questions about our Rome program. We discussed the study abroad experience in general and the College’s renewed commitment to international study opportunities for students. I explained P.C.’s relationship to CEA and shared the good news that we have just signed another three year agreement with them.
When our conversation turned to academics, Mary Kate and her father Michael were interested in theNew Testament in the Eternal City course and how we use the city of Rome itself as a “classroom” connecting lectures with site visits each week.
Having a visit from a member of the Board of Trustees certainly helps to strengthen the connection between our Rome Program and the home campus. Mary Ellen promised to fill in the rest of the Trustees about the success of the PC/CEA Center when she sees them later this Spring at their annual “Black and White” fundraiser. She’s also hoping to give her impressions of the Rome Program and its direct link to the mission of the College at their next Board meeting in June.
The warm visit and conversation with the Rogers family was a real boost to all of us who met them. And once again we were reminded how the PC in Rome experience flows naturally from the Catholic, Dominican mission of the College. From Cunningham Square to the Piazza San Pietro! Go Friars!