Where I Will Be Studying
While I was searching for something else online, I found this video about the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, where I will be studying for the next three years:
And yes, I am totally excited for this amazing opportunity! :)
(But please pray that the Holy Spirit will help me learn Italian.)
Maybe just a fiery tongue comes down, and… ;)
Congratulations on this exiting opportunity, you must be most happy!
Yes! I want a tounge of fire and my own personal Pentecost! :)
Seriously,though, my real plan for learning the language is to go over early to start studying Italian before classes begin. So actually, if you want to pray for something, you might want to pray that I can get a student visa in a timely manner. (It can a bit challenging for non-E.U. citizens.)
But I am really happy to be going to Rome! It was so amazing when the Holy Father came to New York for just a few days...I can't believe that I will be living in the same city as him for three years. :)
Two words...Rosetta Stone!!!! I have heard many people say that that is a very effective program. Start now, listen during your free time. You will pick up Italian very quickly once you are in Rome because you will be imersed in the language and you will practice it daily.
I am so happy for you and wish I was going to Rome! It is a wonderful city filled with fantastic churches and artwork and history! I have been once and would love to go back. When I went, I was very lucky to stay right outside the Vatican! I would go to St. Peter's every morning to pray!
Please keep us posted once you go to Rome - we want to live vicariously through you!!!!!
Awesome! I would love to meet you when you come to Rome. I've been following your blog for over a year now, and would love to get to know you in person. If you want I would be glad to give you some Italian lessons!
Wow! I can't believe you and I spontaneously put up videos on our sites of our Roman universities on the same day! Jenna, I hope that we'll be able to see each other while we're in Rome. Maybe we can do the Liturgy of the Hours together in English (yes, I can say it in Italian or Latin, but it's so comforting to do it in English) now and then. There are other CVs in Rome, which is nice.
Don't worry too much about the Italian- you'll catch on fast. Trust me on that. What you will want is a good English/Latin Code of canon law, and buy an Italian/Latin one too. That'll give you a jump start on the vocab when you're in class. I spent 13 months getting my student visa and by the time it came, I had given up hope. Like you, I had wanted to go to Italy for a few months before school started, and I ended up getting there two days before classes started, without knowing a word of Italian other than the food ones like pizza! My adventures started with a bad fall/sprain down stairs at the US airport and filling out lost luggage forms in Italian in the Rome airport.
One word of advice. If you get very cold in under 50F degree weather, bring appropriate warm clothes. I freeze at those temperatures and my fingers were so blue and numb that I studied under the covers in bed with all my clothes piled on top because most places in Rome only have the heat on for an hour in the morning and an hour at night. A down comforter and down parka solved some of those problems (and renting in a place with "independent" heat thermostat).
Long time, no speak! Hope you're doing well. Your mom pointed me to your blog a while back and I'm just checking it out now. Excited for you on your opportunity in Rome - I had the chance to visit in the spring for the first time and it's my favourite city, second only to Paris (naturally). Hope you have a wonderfully fulfilling time there.
I spent nearly seven years in Rome (Feb. 1981 - June 1987) while a student at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum. While there I received the STB, STL, and JCL. I then spent 22 years working as a canonist for the Diocese of San Diego, CA. I retired in June 2009 and now am working as a missionary in the Archdiocese of Kaduna, Nigeria. I serve on the Provincial Marriage Tribunal and also teach canon law and moral theology at Good Shepherd Provincial Major Seminary here in Kaduna. I was consecrated here in Kaduna on 22 November 2010.
Best wishes as you head to Rome. I try to get back as often as possible. Mary Jo
Wish you luck.
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