Students were invited to a guest lecture by a member of the Community of Sant’Egidio to discuss the community’s founding, mission, and current service opportunities in Rome. A group of thirty students gathered in a classroom to meet a member of the community who is quickly becoming a close friend of the Rome Center. Paolo Mancinelli has worked with the Rome Center in the past through the service learning class as well as the internship program.
This past semester the community of Sant’Egidio and JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) both received donations from the John Felice Rome Center’s fundraising during Hunger Week. Paolo extended an invitation to the community’s prayer service at Santa Maria in Trastevere. Paolo, who has said his community is always in need of more people to care for those who need assistance in Rome, has offered to serve as a connection for the students of the JFRC who are interested in the ministries of the Community of Sant’Egidio.
Sant’Egidio is a Christian faith community made up of 50,000 people, present in 73 countries around the world. Founded in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome in the 1960’s, Sant’Egidio community members come together to pray and reflect on the Gospel and serve persons in vulnerable circumstances in Rome. Worldwide, the community has been involved in negotiating peace initiatives in Mozambique and Algeria, is committed against the death penalty and advocating for victims of HIV/AIDS.