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Thirteen Students Complete Campus Ministry Pilgrimage to Rome

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Posted: Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

June 11, 2013

Thirteen Saint Vincent College students recently returned from a 12-day pilgrimage to Rome, the seventh annual journey sponsored by the College’s Office of Campus Ministry.

The highlight of the May 14 to 25 journey was attendance at a general audience with Pope Francis.

They also had the opportunity to visit the four major basilicas in Rome and enjoy a tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. While the group was at St. Paul's Basilica they joined the Benedictine Monks for Vespers followed by a meeting with Abbott Edmund, O.S.B. On one of the mornings they celebrated Mass in the Chapel of the Patrons of Europe in the Grotto beneath St. Peter’s Basilica. Other Benedictine sites were Subiaco, Monte Cassino and San Pietro Monastery in Assisi. Also, part of the group visited Tivoli on their own as Fr. Killian Loch, O.S.B, took some to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, while others took a day trip to Florence.

The group was accompanied by Fr. Killian Loch, O.S.B., Director of Campus Ministry, and Dr. Nancy Rottler, Opportunity Program Director.

Pictured are, front row, from left, Alyssa McCuistion, a senior biology major from Bethel Park; Maria Lang, a senior studio arts major from DuBois; Elisabeth Karnes, a senior historyeducation major from Washington; Ashley Aiello, a sophomore undecided major from Bethel Park; and Regina Woloshun, a senior biochemistry major from Latrobe.

Back row, from left, Fr. Killian Loch, O.S.B.; Donald Cole, a junior mathematicseducation major from Greensburg; Jennifer Desalvo, a junior biology major from Pittsburgh (15205); Meghan Obusek, a sophomore physical therapy major from Mount Pleasant; Charles Fencil, a junior biochemistry major from Mount Pleasant; John Meyerhofer, a junior chemistry major from Leesburg, Virginia; Justin Bright, a senior biology major from Elizabeth; Jacob Bethem, an Operational Excellence major from Brownsville; Dr. Nancy Rottler; Jacob Boros, a junior history major from Big Prairie, Ohio; and Fr. Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., who is a Benedictine Monk stationed in Rome.

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