The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is delighted to be offering the following opportunity to travel to Rome in 2019:
Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition
Rome, Sunday 29 September to Saturday 12 October 2019
Encounter the Catholic tradition in art and architecture, in liturgy and history, and in places and people. Reflect on its biblical foundations, its theological scaffolding and its ongoing relevance. Think afresh about what it means to be Catholic today, and gain a deeper understanding of Catholic faith, identity and mission.
The academic discipline of Christian spirituality studies the lived experience of Christian faith. In Rome this experience can be traced back almost two thousand years. Led by Drs Maeve Heaney and Jo Laffin, participants wandered around ruined pagan temples, the nearby Coliseum and pondered the cultural context in which early Christianity developed. They descended into ancient catacombs, experienced how early Christians expressed their faith in art, and entered basilicas built in the fifth and sixth centuries, decorated with apse mosaics depicting the risen, triumphant Christ.
Further study tour highlights included visits to medieval churches to observe how Christian art and architecture evolved in response to the needs of the time, as well as encounters with Renaissance and Baroque Catholicism, and one of the greatest collections of modern religious art in the Vatican Museums; works which evoke strong emotions as they challenge and inspire.
Forming part of the faculty’s Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity annual offering of programs, participants took part in rare, face-to-face engagement with leading international and ACU scholars: Professor Didier Pollefeyt (KU Leuven), Professor Lieven Boeve (Director General, Flemish Secretary for Catholic Education), Drs Jan Bouwens (KU Leuven) and Associate Professor Robyn Horner (ACU).
Led by Dr Michael P. Theophilos, traditional class time, field trips and hands on learning engaged participants in an overview of the history of the relationship of archaeology and biblical studies, and provided an introduction to the main techniques and theory of archaeological practice. Participants surveyed of major relevant excavations relevant to the social and cultural milieu of the Bible and Early Christianity, and examined case studies in which archaeology and literary texts act as comparative sources of historical information.
This two week Bible Lands study tour, led by Dr Ian Elmer, was the first theology unit to be offered at the ACU Rome Campus.
This study tour is a must for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the book of Romans while discovering the holy significance of this eternal city.
Jeanelle Richards, Master of Religious Education
The ACU Rome Campus is an excellent educational opportunity. You will live and eat like the Romans. The accommodation is world class and the food is genuinely Roman. The ability to easily access the city and to wander and imbibe the culture of both ancient and modern Rome is invaluable.