Ministry Rome Program

Embark on a journey of a lifetime. Experience an intellectual pilgrimage like no other with our vibrant, faith-filled community.

Engage in stimulating and enlightening conversation, enhance your worldview, create lasting friendships and truly deepen your faith. Study in Rome this summer at the University of Dallas Eugene Constantin Campus, nicknamed "Due Santi," located in the Alban Hills overlooking the Eternal City. Class lectures are combined with visits to the city to provide an awe-inspiring spiritual and intellectual experience. Evenings and weekends are free for your own exploration around Italy or enjoyment of campus amenities. You can also sign up for optional excursions to Subiaco or the Vatican Museum.   

About the Program

“The spiritual, intellectual and social connections I made through the UD School of Ministry Rome Program will last a lifetime. My experiences nourish my faith and my ministry to this day.”

- Ryan Campbell, Rome ‘07

Reflecting the experience gained through over 40 years of its famous Undergraduate Rome Program, the University of Dallas also provides extraordinary study tours for adults. Currently the only Catholic graduate program in ministry that has a Rome program fully integrated into its degree plan, the intellectual pilgrimage offers participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and deepen their faith. Courses are offered for credit or not-for credit; the trip is open to adults both in and outside of the graduate program. Uniquely integrating guided tours of historic Roman sites with theology courses, participants join in fellowship and have the opportunity for prayer and sacramental life. Don't hesitate to contact us to request further information

The Courses

The 2016 School of Ministry Rome Program will offer two courses.

From Tarsus to Rome: The Life & Message of St. Paul

Taught by Cynthia and David Freeman Professor of Sacred Scripture, Gene Giuliano,  M.A.

St. Paul was a man deeply grounded in Israel’s faith and, at the same time, passionately concerned to carry the gospel of Israel’s Messiah to the pagan world of his day. You are invited to come face to face with that world-transforming message and the man who boldly proclaimed it. In this course, you will explore the context of Paul’s thought and activity – Jewish, Greek and Roman, cultural, and religious – and learn how his worldview and theology enabled him to address the complexities of first-century life that his churches were facing. Through our classroom study and visits to sites associated with Paul in and around Rome, you will gain insights into Paul, his life and times, and his enduring impact. 

Saints: Their Lives and Iconography

Taught by professor John Norris, Ph.D. 

This course will examine the development of Catholic devotion to the saints and Mary, from the time of St. Peter up to the present day. We will study the lives of the saints, liturgical and extra-liturgical practices of devotion to the saints and the iconography of the saints in the rich environs of Rome. We will end with an examination of the current process of canonization, post-Vatican II visions of the sanctity of the laity and recent saints added to Catholic canon. 

In addition to the courses offered, guided tours of Rome will by given by School of Ministry Dean, Theodore Whapham, Ph.D. and John Norris, Ph.D. Site visits will include: St. Peter's Basilica, the site of St. Paul's martyrdom, St. Clement's, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, Mass in St. Peter's and the Papal Angelus.

Additional Excursions

Subiaco

Enrich your stay in Italy with a day-trip to Subiaco, where the Monastery of St. Benedict is located.  Located amid spectacular natural scenery, the monastery is still active but welcomes visitors to pray at Benedict's cave and explore the church covered in beautiful medieval frescoes. You will tour Sacro Speco and the Monastery of St. Scholastica. Packed lunch included.

The Vatican Museum

Visit the intriguing Vatican Museums which contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes throughout the centuries. The end of the Vatican Museum opens into the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel.  Lunch is on your own. Guided tour not included.

Dates, Costs, and Application

“Our Rome pilgrimage let us learn, relax, sightsee and pray in one memorable trip. The classroom experience was stimulating and enlightening. The UD campus in Due Santi was beautiful, peaceful and comfortable. Insights of knowledgeable UD faculty enhanced our sightseeing trips into Rome.”
 
- Mike Mocek, Rome ‘13
 
Mark your calendar for May 21-31, 2016. The cost of the program is $2, 750 for non-credit seeking individuals and includes housing on campus in a double occupancy dorm room, meals, transportation, tours, museum fees and tips as well as a choice of one of two courses. For those seeking credit for courses, the total cost is $3,945. Airfare is not included. Excursions to Subiaco and the Vatican Museum cost $100 each. 
 
All program fees become non-refundable after March 1, 2016. Please be sure to review the University's statement on accessibility and physical health prior to submitting your application. 
 

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