Loyola University Chicago: John Felice Rome Center
“Roman Catholicism and Pilgrimage”
DATES: Students depart from Boston on Friday, May 15, 2015 with arrival at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Saturday,
May 16th. (JFRC registration begins at 10:00 am – you MUST arrive at JFRC by 4:00 pm on the 16th). The program is 5
weeks in length and concludes with departure from JFRC (John Felice Rome Center) on Friday, June 19, 2015. There is
a seaside orientation on Sunday, May 17th and classes begin on Monday, May 18th. This program includes two additional
excursions (Pompeii and Assisi). Final exams end on June 18th, with departure the following day.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Summer Rome Program is held from mid-May to mid-June at the Loyola University
Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center (JFRC). The campus is located in the Monte Mario district, Rome’s highest hill,
nestled in a neighborhood just a short bus ride from Rome’s center. The Rome program is open to all students and is not
intended solely for Classics majors. There are no language requirements. Students take the equivalent of two Holy Cross
courses: 1) whatever level of Italian Language and Culture (including “Beginning” – no prior experience) a student
places into and 2) Roman Catholicism and Pilgrimage will offer an intense, on-site encounter—intellectually, artistically,
and spiritually—with Christian pilgrimage throughout the centuries as a way to understand the Roman Catholic
faith. With Rome as your classroom, you will investigate the theological, historical, sociological, and literary contours of
pilgrimage in order to arrive at a theological understanding of Roman Catholicism. For your benefit, there will be times
during the week/weekends when you will be invited to join in excursions to Assisi (Francis and his spiritual legacy) and
Orvieto (where the feast of Corpus Christi was inaugurated in the Church) to complement the course. During each week,
excursions to various sites throughout the city are an integral and exciting part of the course; one day a week is set aside
for lengthier excursions. In addition, students are required to take a credit-bearing course in Italian Language and
Culture. Students with limited, or no, knowledge of Italian take an introductory language class. Students with prior
knowledge are placed into a required Italian class at the appropriate level. The JFRC provides classrooms, library,
administrative space, as well as computer and Internet access.
CREDIT: Students receive the equivalent of one Holy Cross course credit. The Common Area Requirement fulfilled by
this course is Religious Studies.
HOUSING and MEALS: Students will reside in double rooms in residence halls on the JFRC campus. The rooms are
fully furnished with a bed, closet, desk and chair for every student. Rooms also include a refrigerator, sink and ceiling
fan. Bathrooms are shared. Included are breakfast and lunch at the JFRC campus 4 days per week (Monday through
COSTS: The estimated cost of the five-week program is approximately $7,550.00. This includes tuition, housing on the
JFRC campus, breakfast and lunch Monday – Thursday, and 3 full-day excursions (seaside orientation, Pompeii and
Assisi), bus passes, museum passes and mandatory Italian health insurance. Students should expect to spend a minimum
of $750 on additional meals. NOT INCLUDED: round-trip airfare, transportation to-from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport,
passport expenses, books, personal expenses, and meals other than those listed. Limited financial aid is available for this
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 21, 2014 via the online application system on the Study Abroad
website: http://academics.holycross.edu/studyabroad/programs/ssa.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Prof. Brit Smith at [email protected], call Study Abroad at 508.793.3082,
or visit the Office of Study Abroad in Smith 212.
See reverse for JFRC program details
Roman Catholicism and Pilgrimage
Professor Mark Bosco, S.J., John Felice Rome Center (JFRC): Mondays /Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
 The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola (Fordham University Press)
 The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (Penguin)
 PDF files on Black Board from chapters/selections in such books as:
o Pilgrimage: A Spiritual and Culture Journey by Ian Bradley
o Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
o The Age of Pilgrimage: the Medieval Journey to God by Jonathan Sumption
Course Format:
Three in-class lectures/presentations at a JFRC classroom.
All other classes are on-site to pilgrim Churches, catacombs, etc.
Major Course Assignment:
 A response/reflection paper each week concerning the sites visited that week.
 A comprehensive test on the novel The Power and the Glory.
 A travelogue to a pilgrimage site made on your own during your time in Italy.
 A take-home exam to be emailed to me as a WORD document at the end of the term.
Course Expectations:
 Never miss a class. Never. We mean it.
 Always be on time, especially for on-site classes. We wait for no one.
 Be courteous to one another and respectful of the places we visit.
Course Calendar
Week I:
In-class lecture at JFRC: Introduction to Roman Catholicism and the historical
development of pilgrimage as a “Catholic” performance of the faith
Foundations: The churches during persecution (Santi Giovanni e Paulo, San Clemente,
the Prison Mamertino, walk by of the Colisseo and Forum)
Week II:
7 Pilgrim Churches of Rome (San Paolo, Santa Croce, San Giovanni Laterano, Maria
Maggiore, Santa Pressede)
7 Pilgrim Churches of Rome, continued (San Lorenzo, San Sebastiano, and trip to Sant’
Agnese and the Catacombs underneath)
Week III:
St. Peter’s and the Vatican City
In-class lecture at JFRC: The Autobiographical Turn: Ignatius of Loyola
Week IV:
On site for a Jesuit Pilgrimage (San Andrea, Gregorianum, San Ignazio)
On site at the Rooms of St. Ignatius (and optional) Class Mass at Il Gesu
Week V:
Test and in-class lecture/discussion at JFRC: The Literary Turn: The Power and the
The Postmodern pilgrim: The Galleria Borghese