Around six weeks ago I returned to Rome, and what a varied month and a half it has been. My first week back in Rome was filled with conferences; two days about leadership and three days of homily workshops. This year our homily workshops focus on the ritual Masses and higher solemnities. For example: funerals, first communions, Christmas, and Easter. Our second week I was on silent retreat for six days. Following the retreat, I had a week of classes on pastoral counseling.
The last week of September were the diaconate ordinations for the class ahead of me at St. Peter’s. This year I had the opportunity to be one of the acolytes serving the mass. You can view the pictures of the Mass here. After the ordinations, I drove down to a small town near Sorrento with the other guys from Metuchen for a weekend before classes began. During our trip, we visited Salerno where St. Matthew is buried. On our way back to Rome, we also stopped to visit the Benedictine Monastery at Montecasino. St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica are buried at this monastery. You can see my pictures from the weekend here.
After all this, our academic classes began last week; and my third and final year for my STB studies at the Gregorian. Happily, my Italian had not diminished to much over the summer and my classes have been good so far. This past weekend, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to the Mass of Canonization for St. John Henry Newman. After a good, but also busy six weeks, I am looking forward to settling into the regularity of the school semester.
Know of my prayers, and pray for my class and I.