As a postgraduate student studying part time, I knew the opportunity to study overseas was an opportunity not to be missed! So in January my study journey took flight to Rome where I joined several other students in discovering the book of Romans in Rome.
While reading Romans in Rome, our group was welcomed by friendly staff who assisted us in settling into our home away from home. Each day, we were treated to traditional gourmet Italian meals and even learnt an Italian phrase or two. We had lectures on site in the morning followed by excursions to relevant historical sites creating an authentic learning experience for all.
Memorable moments included receiving our “golden tickets” to the Papal Mass, attending mass in English at St Paul’s Basilica which houses his relics and being immersed in the Italian culture while exploring the layers of ancient history pertaining to St Paul. January also proved to be a great time to see the many Nativity scenes scattered throughout Rome.
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 is currently undertaking a Master of Religious Education.