Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Assisi, Italy; Rome, Italy
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: UD applicants only
Chaminade Scholars Program
Italian Pilgrimage: Culture, Art, and Spirituality
About the Program
Students will fly into Rome and take a special van service to Assisi, Italy, where they spend five nights. They will daily engage in theological reflection (depth process) upon their personal sense of 'vocation', engage in dialogue with the Greymore Franciscans, participate in meaningful liturgical celebrations, pilgrimage to significant Franciscan sites in around Assisi including, La Verna, San Damiano's, Basilica of St. Francis & St. Clare and the Hermitage. The students will continue to expand upon their "Vocation and Arts Journals" daily sharing their insights through in-depth community conversations during lunch and supper.
On Sunday they take a special van service to Rome where they will spend five nights. Here they visit Vatican Radio where they actually are 'on-air' sharing their experience being a "Chaminade Scholar" (this is distributed over the Vatican Radio around the world), visit the SCAVI, a special UD Mass in St. Peter's Crypt, take a special tour of the Vatican museum, participate in a Papal Audience and visit popular and sacred sites around Rome. The final day is engaging with the Jesuit Vatican Astronomers/Scientists at Castle Gandolfo completing the pilgrimage at the Marianist Generalate for a concluding Theological Reflection and evening with the International Marianist Leadership Community. This pilgrimage exposes the students to their spiritual roots, integrating depth moments of theological reflection on their sense of vocation while exploring the meaning and value of beauty through art, architecture, literature and religious imagination. The entire pilgrimage is to deepen the students understanding of Pope St. John Paul II's Apostolic Letter to Artists for their own vocations: "Each of you are to create a masterpiece of your life."
This program is limited to third year Chaminade scholars. There are no course credits for this program. (This is an ASI Course)
Site Director & Program Faculty
Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min.
Elizabeth Montgomery (2017)