Theology and Philosophy

Student Testimonials

Bible Lands Study Tour: Reading Romans in Rome (January 2016)

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.

Bible Lands Study Tour: Reading Romans in Rome (January 2016)

My initial reaction, as a part time student, was the attraction of 20 credit points in a two week intensive. However, I must admit, the opportunity to be a part of the first Australian Theology group to travel to the ACU Rome Campus appealed to me as well.

The opportunity to spend an extended period of time in the classroom and in the city with my lecturer was invaluable. We studied in the classroom in the Room Campus in the mornings and then ventured into the “Eternal City” to visit the relevant historical sites. A surprise was that the Academic Director of the Rome Campus is not only a Doctor of Theology, but an expert on Art History. To travel into the city with David was amazing as he was able to add a level of expertise and commentary to our “tourist” visits that is invaluable.

My lasting memory of visiting the ACU Rome Campus (apart from the privilege to visit a Papal Mass at St Peters Basilica) is a visit to the Church of St Clements. St Clements is a 16th Century church built on the excavated ruins of a 4th century church. But, under this are the remains of a first century Roman home.

As an Australian, the opportunity to discover things that are genuinely “ancient” is very compelling.

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.

If you have the opportunity to study one of your ACU subjects at the Rome Campus I would highly recommend it. You will value these experiences for the rest of your life.

Tim Bennett is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Theology.

Spirituality in the Christian Tradition (September 2016)

The ACU Rome tour lead by Jo Laffin and Maeve Heaney was a unique experience that broadened both my personal and professional knowledge of spirituality within the Catholic Tradition.

Both Jo and Maeve are extremely knowledgeable and were able to educate the group whilst we toured some of the most incredible sites located within Rome, including various churches/basilicas, catacombs, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Vatican City. There was also an overnight visit to Assisi which was incredible!

Through participating in this tour, I was able to experience first-hand what many only read about within their studies, while at the same time meeting many new people and making new friendships.

I highly recommend this tour, it was certainly an experience I will never forget.

Kylie Irwin is currently undertaking a Master of Religious Education.

Spirituality in the Christian Tradition (September 2016)

The program provided a wonderful perspective into our Christian heritage.

There was much diversity in the presentation of concepts. Discussions and addresses from leading theologians and Church officials were complemented by insights from tour leaders, Jo and Maeve.

[This study tour] has enriched my understanding of Church history and has added great value to my postgraduate studies.

Rome is at its best in late September. The students came from diverse backgrounds; teachers, parish ministry, and Catholic social service. Many great friendships were formed – an experience I would highly recommend.

Matthew Hutchison is currently undertaking a Master of Professional Studies in Theology.