Today started with mass at St. James and John Basilica. It was the stational mass of the day. Most the people that attended this mass were English-speaking people, so it was nice to have a part of home here in Rome. Yes, I know that I’m on my way home in just a few days, but it was an enjoyable experience of being able to worship with other English-speaking people here in Rome. It truly reminded me of the universality of our church.
After mass, we visited the Gregorian University where many of the students from the North American College here in Rome study. We then wandered the streets of Rome led by our rector, Father Edward. My classmate from the Greensburg diocese, Daniel Carr, joined us for the morning tour. At the end of the tour, the group split up and parted ways. A few of us continued with Dan traveling to different churches and shops along our way. We stop for lunch at a very nice pizza place on our way back to the NAC.
At the NAC, we headed to the roof of the building where they have an amazing view of the city. The best view they have is of St. Peter’s Basilica and the piazza. Although it was windy, the breeze was enjoyable. The weather here this week has been spectacular. I’ve kept my eye on the weather back at home, noticing that winter has returned. This is one thing that I am not looking forward to returning to.
Today was a very free day, and tomorrow we have very little scheduled as well. I guess it is time to pack up and get ready to head back to the States on Sunday.
As always, please know that I have been praying for you all this week. Please pray for safe travels for us as we return home.
Fr. Andy Boyd is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Erie, PA. Currently, Father Andy is assigned to Saint George Parish in Erie, PA.
Father Andy entered seminary after high school, graduating from Gannon University and Saint Mark Seminary in 2014. In the fall of 2014, Father Andy began his Major Seminary Studies at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe PA. Father Andy graduated from Saint Vincent Seminary with his Masters of Divinity in May 2018, and was ordained a priest in June 2018.
An avowed “Catholic Geek,” Fr. Andy spends his free time dabbling in media creation and network and server management.
Listen to Father Andy in his podcast Encounter Mercy.