Last weekend, 30 students, SLA Ryan, and Dr. John Nicholson took a trip to Ostia Antica and the catacombs of St. Domitilla. Students explored the ancient settlement of Ostia for the morning and traveled underground for an afternoon's exploration of the ancient Christian burial grounds.
Loyola 360 is a weekend retreat open to students in their first year at Loyola. This retreat is an opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of the Jesuit mission and identity as well as a sense of community through the common 360 experience. This retreat is now offered at the John Felice Rome Center for the Rome Start students. It also gives upperclassmen the opportunity to be retreat leaders.
Loyola's interim president, John P. Pelissero, PhD, provides an update to leadership transition plans at the Rome Center. Loyola's chancellor, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., is assuming the role of interim director
Klaudia Kukulka, a junior pre-med student at Loyola University Chicago, made the decision to study abroad, despite many preconceptions that pre-med students are unable to make studying abroad work with their schedules. While studying at the John Felice Rome Center, she not only travelled to many different countries and throughout Italy, but also held an internship at an Italian Medical Clinic, where she worked one-on-one with Italian physicians and patients.
What's the best place to go for a college spring break? Most people would say Florida, or Mexico. However, the 17 students who spent their spring break traveling through Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia might beg to differ. They traded laying on a beach to learn about the tumultuous history of the Balkans. Read on to hear their stories.
Forty students had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful island of Sicily over the weekend of February 19-21st. They traveled to all corners of the island, exploring much of the untouched beauty, history, and geography Sicily has to offer.
Thirty JFRC students joined a local community development organization once again on Saturday Feb. 6 to help with the clean-up of the stairs and walkways in the Balduina neighborhood that surrounds the JFRC campus on Monte Mario. Working alongside these young local Italians proved to be a wonderful way to serve while also integrate themselves as good neighbors and meet local residents. The collaboration with Comitato Balduina has grown over the past semesters. The members of the organization have come on several occasions to speak to the students about combating civic apathy. The next Balduina Clean-up service day will be Saturday March 19.
The Jesuit Refugee Service is an incredible organization, and Jacquelyn Pavilon is a great resource. We encourage students to reach out and get involved in JRS events and initiatives that are happening on and off campus!
Guided by the Student Life team and mentored by SLA Elly Hahn, 14 students this fall were awarded their certificates after completing a variety of activities that aimed to have them think critically about leadership in their own lives as well as historically and around the world.
Cooking in Orvieto felt like such an authentically Italian experience that I couldn’t resist joining in on the fun. The trip did not disappoint. The experiences I had in Orvieto were exactly what I was looking for when I decided to study abroad at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center.
The fall trip to Tuscany seems to offer an opportunity for participants to take a step back from the common stressors of life. This trip teaches students about the cultural impact food and wine have in an Italian society. The weekend included a trip to a family vineyard where students participated in a wine tasting, a traditional pig farm to taste prosciutto, salami, etc., as well as an olive grove to taste fresh olive oil.
From September 25–27, eighteen Loyola University John Felice Rome Center students and two staff members traveled to Cusano Mutri in the region of Campania, Italy for the Sagra dei Funghi, or Festival of Mushrooms. This study trip allowed students the opportunity to visit a town in rural Italy, to hike, mingle with locals and to eat mushrooms for every meal.
Anthony "Tony" F. Piazza (JFRC '62–'63) is a lifelong champion and active supporter of the John Felice Rome Center. He is the former president of RSI Kitchen and Bath and was a member of the first full-year class at the Rome Center from fall 1962 to spring 1963 during his junior year at Santa Clara University. At the Rome Center that spring, he met his future wife, Susan Brazier Piazza (JFRC Spring '63).
On the week of March 23 – March 27, the JFRC community had the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of religions that compose the fabric of the world with through a variety of events offered on and off-campus.