Good Bye Rome, Hello Home

Classes are finished and finals completed for the semester. Bag were packed and and taxis ridden in. I’m at the airport waiting for my flight to depart for America soon. After two long years in Rome, I am finally returning home for the summer. It has been a good two years, though trying at moments. Needless to say it is great to finally get to see my family and friends again, and to be back in the diocese. See everyone States side!

Roman Snow Day

Have you ever had one of those moments where you experienced something so wonderful and unexpected that you couldn’t have imagined it, let alone thought to ask for it? This morning was one of those moments. There were rumors that it was going to snow last night. I didn’t believe that it would snow, nor that it would stick with the ground moisture and temperature. When I woke up this morning, as I was preparing to head to the our chapel, I happened to glance outside and noticed that a few inches of snow covered the ground. This was the first wonderful thing that happened this morning. Today is the first time that it snowed in Rome in six years, and the second time in nearly thirty years.

Rome Snow: Early Morning
From early in the morning on my way to the chapel.

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Final Days in Siena, the Palio, and my Return to Rome

Language school is finished, and I am now back in Rome. Well, that first part is partially false. I’ve finished my Italian studies at Siena and starting next week will continue them here at NAC for another month. In these past few days I had the chance to watch Siena transform for the Palio, serve at mass with the Archbishop of Siena for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, attend the Palio, and then finally travel back to Rome. Continue reading “Final Days in Siena, the Palio, and my Return to Rome”

First Few Days in Rome…

…already was over a week ago. It’s been a busy past week and a half so I have not been able to write an update until now. For the first 5ish days I was in Rome for early orientation. During which, I had a busy schedule of being toured around the city, and cramming into buses and subways. After that, a week ago today, my new classmates and I split up to head to our respective location to learn Italian. I am currently in Siena with about 20 other fellow classmates. While in Rome I took a few pictures, all of which can be viewed here. So instead of a more lengthy write up, there are select pictures from early orientation. The pictures should be roughly in the order of when I took them. Hopefully in the next few days I will be able to post some pictures from my past week in Siena.

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How to Contact Me in Rome

Many people have asked me about how to contact me while I’m in Italy. So instead of trying to make sure I contact everyone personally, I’ll just place everything here. NB: This is all on the contact page as well. Should anything change I’ll probably post so, but will change the Contact Me page. Basically, I will be reachable (ignoring snail mail) when I have wifi, which should be normally.

Snail Mail:

To be updated

For more information go to: PNAC Mailing

Texting and Calling:

My cellphone still works when I have wifi. So you can call and text me as if I was in America, assuming I am connected to wifi somewhere. That also means that all calls and texts will be considered domestic and NOT INTERNATIONAL.

I also have WhatsApp installed. If you already have my number you can also contact me that way. A third way to reach me is by Skype. You should be able to find me by search for my name Tim Eck II. I have to add you to my contacts on Skype though before you can message or call me on Skype. NB: Of these three, Skype I check the least often. Normally I only sign in to Skype when I plan to talk with someone. So one of the other forms of communication are better for day to day communication.

Email:

Any email of mine that you have I still check and answer. That includes my shu and vt emails. My primary one is my gmail account. But, I check them all and respond equally. They all come into the same place for me, so there I have no really preference as to which email to use.

Social Media:

I will still be on Facebook, and so you can message and contact me there as you currently can. I plan to continue to move away from Facebook, excluding Messenger. So I’m not sure how active I will be on Facebook, besides posting from this site and checking my messages on Facebook.

Don’t Have Some of the Above Information:

If you don’t have say, my email, and would like it there are two ways to get that information.

1) Use one of the above methods that you do have to ask for some other contact information. IE: Message me on Facebook for my email.

2) Use the contact form at the bottom of the contact page to ask for that information. Please include some kind of identification so that I know who you are, or else I will just discard the request as spam. The identification can be simply your name and if I might not recognize your name some other context to help me remember your name.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

This is finally happening. I’m at the airport waiting to board soon. The flight is scheduled to take off at 5pm, and will land at 7:45am in Rome. I believe it is about a 9hr flight. The next time that I post I will be in Italy. Later this week I will post ways that you will be able to contact me while I’m abroad.

I was trying to think of something profound to say to mark this moment, but nothing came to me. So instead, I ask for your prayers for my fellow seminarians and me in our travels, and that we might all be blessed in our Italian studies.

Moving Day: The Shipping of Boxes

This afternoon I shipped my boxes for Rome. The boxes are filled mostly with clothes, school supplies, and various other personal items. Most of my books will stay home and are packed away from my return. All that is left, is for me to meet up with the boxes in a little under a month with the few things still here that will fly over with me.

Rome Shipping Boxes
In these four boxes are the majority of my personal items that I will be taking to Rome.

Oh and a Happy Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist (tomorrow)!

Romeward Bound

It is official, I have been accepted as an incoming student for the program of priestly formation at the Pontifical North American College (also known as the PNAC or just the NAC) in Rome. I will be continuing my Theology studies and priestly formation in Rome after this school year finishes. It is weird to actually write this, I am actually going to be studying in Rome, the very heart of the Church on earth. I would like to take a quick moment to thank my Bishop, Most Reverend James F. Checchio, for this wonderful opportunity, and the trust and confidence that he has shown to me in giving me this opportunity. Continue reading “Romeward Bound”