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Pilgrimage to Rome

Gavin Olsen, Crown Staff

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It seems to be tradition at Marian Central that the seniors of the Theology 4: Intensive Studies class are presented with an opportunity to embark on a trip of a lifetime at the end of each school year. An opportunity to walk where saints walked, see some of the finest artwork ever created before in history, and see great monuments that have stood since ancient Roman times. The opportunity that is unsurpassable, to go to Rome.

This past year fourteen seniors went on the trip for a total of eight days. The seniors were able to visit so many amazing sites like the glorious Sistine Chapel and the great Roman Colosseum. They paraded around the city of Orvieto with the cloth of Corpus Christi and even had a papal audience to where they were right up on the fence and some of them actually got to shake the Holy Father’s hand. “The sites aren’t new to me but they are new to the students and watching their reactions to them has to be my favorite part,” tells Father Doyle, “Every year the students see something new that they love.” Every breath that the students take in is just more and more of Rome.

With going on that were fantasy like, it seemed just about anything could happen. The students didn’t know what to expect next with such breathtaking experiences. They were lead to St. Peter’s Basilica to Pope St. John Paul II’s tomb and on his tomb the students celebrated mass and the celebrant was none other than their very own, Father Doyle. “It was just so surreal,” says Cailey Howard (12) “Everything about it was amazing. I really wish the trip had happened sooner because it was after our graduation and we were just growing closer.” The trip just can’t end.

These students loved every second of the trip. Whether it was “whipping” in front of the Colosseum or only eating gelato for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A special bond was formed, though, between those fourteen seniors. Each of them have their own stories, their own backgrounds, but as tradition holds, they left as one family.

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Pilgrimage to Rome