Join our walking classroom as we experience the sights and sounds of ancient, medieval, and modern Rome, the Eternal City. Experience the darkness of the catacombs, see the wonders of St. Peter’s Basilica, and appreciate the masterpieces of the Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel. Explore medieval streets and visit early Christian churches. Celebrate with Pope Francis, and reflect on the many martyrs, monks, pilgrims, and mystics who passed through Rome. Take your own pilgrimage on a day trip to the beautiful Umbrian towns of Assisi, home of Sts. Francis and Claire, and Foligno, home of Blessed Angela. Wrap up your week with optional visits to the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, the Villa Borghese Gardens, or the Roman Forum, and enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of Rome.
What does it mean to be “spiritual”? To be “religious”? What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? How are Christian beliefs put into practice? How do practices, and places, shape beliefs? This course examines the historical development and contemporary expression of Christian spirituality through four different ways of life: martyrdom, monasticism, mysticism, and pilgrimage. To deepen our understanding of these forms of Christian spirituality, we will read primary texts from the history of Christianity: martyrologies, the Rule of St. Benedict, the Memorial of Angela of Foligno, the works of Sts. Francis and Clare, and descriptions of medieval pilgrimage. The course will culminate with a (required) visit to the sites of our study in Rome, Foligno, and Assisi.
RS 294: Special Topics: Honors Christian Spirituality
RS 324: Honors Christian Spirituality
GER Pending • Open to non-honors students with permission of the Honors Program Director.
Requires permission of Honors Program director to enroll in honors sections. Questions about the courses offered should be directed to Dr. Emily Holmes at email@example.com.