The history of Christendom is written in the stones and on the ceilings, in the streets and the cemeteries of great cities, where we stand astonished at the beauty unveiled by man. If our study at Thomas More College is both of God and man, then we are called to learn from and love the works of man. So it is fitting that Thomas More College students spend a semester in one of the world’s greatest cities—site of the empire that shaped Western history and the seat of the universal church.
Thomas More College Class of 2014 made the 4,000 mile trek last month to reach their new home—the College’s 14-acre monastery campus located just four miles from the Vatican. Students will carry a full course load taught by Vatican-based theologians, and will spend each day touring a city whose skyline is dominated not by skyscrapers, but by the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica—the massive baroque basilica that grew from the lonely burial site of a fisherman killed for a carpenter.
Thomas More College sophomore, Elisabeth Rochon, explains why Rome is such an integral part of studies at Thomas More College:
“Sometimes reading books by Roman and Greek writers is like a sound without an echo or having a thought without a context — you can understand the thought, but there is a certain personal quality that you cannot grasp by just reading the printed letters on the page. By being here in Rome we are immersing ourselves into their culture: seeing where people stood when they talked, what they were looking at, and what surrounded them. It gives you a personal look into what was distant before and the ancients become very near to you.”