Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization Goes to Rome
Trip Brings Tangibility to Ministers' Faith
Date Published: July 14, 2017
On their second Sunday in Rome, Christa Vizner and her fellow students went on an
adventure into the city. After wandering idly for a while they stumbled upon the nearly
empty Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Stunning frescoes of St. Ignatius being welcomed
into heaven cover the baroque church’s ceiling.
“It was like being in the Sistine Chapel without the crowd. I was able to walk through
the church admiring the amazing ceiling,” said Vizner, who teaches theology at Reicher
Catholic High School in Waco and is pursuing a master’s in theological studies at
the Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization.
Vizner was in Rome for the Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization’s Summer Rome Program May 20-30, 2017. While there she took Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology Daniel
Luby’s course Theological Reflection.
The Rome Trip gave Vizner an enhanced appreciation for her faith, and the trip was
also a capstone experience for her: the course she took was the last required for
her master’s degree.
“I cannot think of a better way to conclude my studies than by being in the place
that was the center of most of my course work. The Second Vatican Council has influenced
much of my life and is the reason for my pursuit of the MTS. The council’s decision
to involve the laity in the ministry of the Church is the cornerstone of my role as
a theology teacher and active member of my parish,” said Vizner.
Lexxus Mayorga, who serves St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville, Texas,
as parish secretary and coordinator of religious education, found that the trip brought
“tangibility” to her faith.
“The trip is an important part of my degree because our church is universal. The best
way to understand it, embrace it, and one day teach it is to experience it first hand,”
said Mayorga, who is also working on a master’s degree in theological studies from the Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization.
Trip participants lived on the university’s Eugene Constantin Rome Campus and also
had the option to take RCIA for Pastoral Ministers with Diana Dudoit Raiche, assistant
professor of theology. Faculty-led tours focused on the four papal basilicas (St.
Peter's, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. John Lateran), the Pantheon
and the Colosseum.
Learn about the Neuhoff Institute for Ministry & Evangelization trip to Rome and stay
posted for next summer's dates.