During the last week in June, a group of year 10 and Sixth Form pupils went on a culturally rich trip to Rome. They were accompanied by Mrs Henry, Sr MaryAnne fcJ and Sr Lynne fcJ. The itinerary was packed with wonderful moments, a visit to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, time around the Trevi Fountain, a tour of the Colosseum and the Old Roman City, being among the most memorable.
Wherever we went, we touched and breathe history and caught glimpses of the wealth and power of the Roman empire. We visited the site where Caesar’s remains are thought to be, and were treated to a little impromptu recital of Shakespeare’s play there by Sr Lynne who still remembers it from her school days!
A lovely evening was spent with Sr Christine, an FCJ sister who lives and works in Rome and who invited us to her apartment for a pizza supper. The students enjoyed chatting with her and asking her about the interesting work she does in development.
It was most special to be in Rome for the Year of Mercy. We had a little prayer service together in front of the door of mercy of The Basilica of St John Lateran – the mother church of all Catholic churches. We then entered the Holy Door. We also took the opportunity to mark the feast of St Peter and St Paul (29th June) by attending Mass at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.
Italy offered us a wonderful feast for the palate as well – with ice cream (gelato!) and lovely food round every corner. The students enjoyed each other’s company as we spent time in the evening relaxing with a lovely meal together. Unfortunately we did not even catch a glimpse of Rome’s most famous resident – Pope Francis!