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Arrival in Rome and Jewish Catacomb Visit

Posted by: on September 1, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

All of our students have arrived safely in Rome and have been attending orientation activities. Unfortunately, 3 of the students have had baggage problems, but the CEA staff is working with them to get the baggage delivered. The picture is of 5 of our PC students in the grotto outside the lovely CEA center.

Our first activity will be a rare visit on Sept 2 to the Jewish catacombs in Rome on the Via Appia near where many of the Christian catacombs are located. Thanks to Arthur Urbano, I learned of a free set of public tours of the Jewish catacombs of Via Randanini. From Paul’s Letter to the Romans and the Acts of the Apostles (28), we know that there was a fairly large Jewish community in Rome as early as the mid 1st century. The visit will give us the opportunity to discuss the Jewish roots of Christianity, the care for the buried body, as opposed to pagan cremation, reflect Jewish belief in resurrection which began in the two centuries before Christ (see Daniel 12, Wisdom 1-3, 2 Maccabees 7). Student interest was high for this visit and some of our students’ roommates will accompany us. If photos are allowed, we hope to post some after the visit.

Classes begin on Monday with an introduction to the NT and a site visit to the layered Dominican Basilica of San Clemente on Wednesday.

All of our students have arrived safely in Rome and have been attending orientation activities. Unfortunately, 3 of the students have had baggage problems, but the CEA staff is working with them to get the baggage delivered. The picture is of 5 of our PC students in the grotto outside the lovely CEA center. Our […]MORE

The New Testament in the Eternal City

Posted by: on August 15, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Welcome to the PC in Rome Blog for the Fall Term 2012.  The students and I are in the last stages of preparation for the wonderful opportunity to study for a semester in Rome.  We are making decisions about packing, financial arrangements, etc. and are filled with a combination of excitement and maybe a little apprehension about the adventure of living and studying in the Eternal City for a semester.

The core course that each student will take and that I will have the privilege of teaching is entitled The New Testament in the Eternal City.  We will be reading most of the New Testament: the four Gospels and Acts, several of Paul’s letters, including his important Letter to the Romans, 1 and 2 Peter, and the Book of Revelation.  In virtually every one of these books that are the written foundation of the Christian faith we will discover archeological and artistic links to the City of Rome.  Therefore, in addition to our careful reading of the New Testament texts, we will be visiting numerous sites in and around the city: San Clement and the Roman Forum, the Jewish Catacombs near the CEA Global Campus, the Capitoline Museum and the Imperial Fora, the Scavi di S. Pietro and S. Giovanni dei Fiorentini, S. Luigi dei Francesci, S. Maria Maggiore, S. Giovanni in Laterano, S. Croce in Gerusalemme, S. Maria del Popolo, S. Sabina, the Pantheon, S. Paolo furori le Mura, S. Pietro in Vaticano, the Colosseum, Ss. Cosmas e Damiano, S. Pudenziana, and the Catacombs on Via Appia.

Throughout the semester, with the help of the students, I will be posting reflections on and photos of our exploration of the New Testament in Rome.  Please follow us here at PC in Rome. You can also sign up for email updates on the right column so you will be notified of our updates.  Below is a picture of the CEA Global Campus in Rome where our classes will be held.

The exterior of the Global Campus – Villa Ferretti

Welcome to the PC in Rome Blog for the Fall Term 2012.  The students and I are in the last stages of preparation for the wonderful opportunity to study for a semester in Rome.  We are making decisions about packing, financial arrangements, etc. and are filled with a combination of excitement and maybe a little […]MORE

Meet our Fall 2012 Resident Director

Posted by: on August 7, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized

Patrick V. Reid, Ph.D. is a professor of Theology at Providence College.  Since 1977 he has taught courses in Biblical Theology, Old Testament, and New Testament on both the undergraduate and graduate level, and all four semesters of the Development of Western Civilization course for both honors students and regular students.  He has published three books–Readings in Western Religious Thought: the Ancient World, Readings in Western Religious Thought: The Middle Ages through Reformation, and Moses’s Staff and Aeneas’s Shield— and several articles in scholarly and popular journals on the Old and New Testament and the Roman Catholic Lectionary.  He also does a weekly column on the Lectionary for The Rhode Island Catholic paper.

Patrick V. Reid, Ph.D. is a professor of Theology at Providence College.  Since 1977 he has taught courses in Biblical Theology, Old Testament, and New Testament on both the undergraduate and graduate level, and all four semesters of the Development of Western Civilization course for both honors students and regular students.  He has published three […]MORE

Benvenuto a Roma!

Posted by: on August 2, 2012   |Comments (0)|Uncategorized
PC Students @ Colosseum

Providence College Class of 2013 students (L. to R.) Patrick Osborne, Kathleen Miller and Annie Bossa at the Colosseum in Fall 2011.

 

In the fall of 2011 the inaugural group of students arrived in Rome to begin their studies at the Providence College/CEA Center for Theology and Religious Studies in Rome!  Under the guidance of Faculty Resident Director Dr. Dana Dillon (FRD 11-12), students spent four months exploring Italy, learning about the New Testament in the Eternal City, and living like Romans.

For more on what our 2011-2012 group did in Rome, check out Dr. Dillon’s blog!

  In the fall of 2011 the inaugural group of students arrived in Rome to begin their studies at the Providence College/CEA Center for Theology and Religious Studies in Rome!  Under the guidance of Faculty Resident Director Dr. Dana Dillon (FRD 11-12), students spent four months exploring Italy, learning about the New Testament in the Eternal […]MORE