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Dining in the Kingdom: Unveiling the Transformative Power of the Eucharist

A Prayerful Study Program in Rome: 26 May - 2 June 2007

with Rev. Lawrence Madden, SJ, Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy and Rev. Anthony McSweeney, SSS, Director of the Center Eucharistia

Program Description
The program will be an opportunity to deepen your Christian identity and Eucharistic spirituality by exploring the history and practice of early Christian worship in Rome , alongside the study of Ignatian spirituality.  The lectures, discussions and site visits will focus on the Eucharist, especially as reflected in the theology of the art and architecture of the ancient Christian sites of the city.  Also included will be visits to the great Jesuit Baroque Churches and the simple prayerful rooms of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
 
Activities in Rome will include stimulating presentations and seminars, site visits to numerous churches, the daily celebration of the Eucharist, and sung lauds or vespers at several venues, including the lay Community of Sant’ Egidio in the Trastevere district.

Program Agenda
Sunday, 27 May
4:30 - Arrival & tea / coffee at the Lay Centre
5:00 - Welcome, introductions and opening lecture: Lives Transformed:  A Roman Reflection on the Eucharist by Fr. Tony McSweeney, SSS
7:00 - Sung Evening Prayer
7:30 - Dinner at the Lay Centre

Monday, 28 May
7:30 - Early Morning Mass at St. Peter’s
10:00 - Visit to the Excavations of the Vatican Basilica
12:00-4:00 - Lunch break
4:30 - Tea\coffee at Lay Centre
5:00 - Seminar Session: “Gathered Together in Christ:  the Focus on Christian Liturgy”
6:30 - Sung Vespers

Tuesday, 29 May
8:30 - Departure from the Lay Centre for St. Agnes Outside the Walls
9:30 - Guided visit to the Basilica of St Agnes Outside the Walls and Celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. Tony McSweeney, SSS. The visit will present aspects of the monumental complex clustered around the tomb of Saint Agnes.  It will discuss the story of her life and martyrdom and that of her sister, Emerenziana as a paradigm for considering  Martyrdom and its association with the Eucharist in the Early Church.  It will look at the metaphorical aspects of the basilica itself, along with its varied history and offer a window into how a house of worship leads us to focus on the various ways that we are invited to participate in the life-giving sacrifice of Christ.
12:30 - Lunch break
4:30 - Departure for Trastevere and Visit with the Sant’Egidio Community
After an introduction to the work of the Sant’Egidio community,  a lay community committed to prayer and serving the poor of Rome (and beyond), we will have a short break for an early dinner
6:30 - Dinner at a trattoria
8:00 - Sung Vespers with Sant’Egidio Community

Wednesday, 30 May
8:1 - Departure for the Papal Audience from the Lay Centre
10:30 - Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Square
2:15 - Visit to the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace
A request will be made for the group to have a special private guided visit to the private chapel of the Holy Father which was recently completed during the pontificate of John Paul II.  The chapel features world-famous examples of modern mosaic and sculpture which reflect the late pontiff’s vision to bring the Church of the East and West back into communion.

Thursday, 31 May
After a free morning, participants will gather for a conference on the current state of relations between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church as a paradigm for considering the hopes and challenges of the road to sharing the Eucharistic table between Christians.
3:00 - Conference at the Anglican Centre in Rome with Fr. Donald Bolen from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
 & Bishop John Flack, Director of the Anglican Centre
4:30 - Coffee break
6:00 - Mass in the Rooms of St. Ignatius
At the conclusion of the discussion and presentation at the Anglican Centre the group will walk to the Church of Gesù where we gather to Celebrate the Eucharist in the rooms where the founder of the Society of Jesus spent many years during his time in Rome.

Friday, 1 June
8:30 - Departure from the Lay Centre for the Lateran
9:00 - Celebration of the Eucharist in the Lateran Baptistery with the Renewal of Baptismal Promises
10:00 - Guided visit to the Baptistery and the Basilica of St. John with Robert White
The Baptistery and Basilica of St. John Lateran date their original foundations to the gift of the Lateran estate to the Church in the fourth century.  This morning will highlight both the significance and relationship between Baptism and the Eucharist in the context of the history and significance of the  cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome.
12:00  Free time for lunch
4:30 - Closing Seminar at the Lay Centre: “Go in Peace to Love and Serve the Lord”
6:30 - Sung Vespers                    
7:30 - Closing Dinner at the Lay Centre

Registration
Advanced registration is required. As the program can only accommodate a limited number of participants, we urge interested parties to  register as soon as possible. Contact the GCL staff or visit their website for registration information and materials at http://centerforliturgy.georgetown.edu.  Registration forms are available from GCL in hard copy by mail, or can be downloaded from the website.

Program Fees
The fee of this course us $950.00 (approx €750,00) includes:
All lectures and handouts
In-depth site visits by experts
Transportation to and from the sites
Three dinners
Coffee breaks

The tuition fee does not include:
Airfare and all other transportation not involved the site visits
Hotel accommodations: see list of suggestions below
Travel insurance is left to the discretion of each participant
Meals other than those indicated in the schedule

Contact Information
Mr. Jeffrey Price, Administrator, The Georgetown Center for Liturgy, 3513 N Street, NW • Washington, DC 20007 USA tel +1 202.687.4420 • fax: +1 202.687.3728
pricej1@georgetown.edu

Robert White, Assistant Director, The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, Via SS. Quattro 7 • 00184 Roma, ITALY, tel +39 06 772 6761 • fax: +39 06 772 676 235
info@laycentre.org

Lodging suggestions

Hotel Lancelot
Via Capo D'Africa, 47
00184 Rome
Tel +39 06 7045 0615
Fax +39 06 7045 0640
info@lancelothotel.com
www.lancelothotel.com

(The Lay Centre recommends this hotel – it is very close in proximity to our location and the management offers a discount to guests if they indicate that they are with the “Lay Centre” when making reservations.)

Hotel Capo d’Africa
Via Capo d’Africa, 54
00184 Rome
Tel + 39 06 594 848
Fax + 39 06 321 114 78

info@hotelcapodafrica.com
www.hotelcapodafrica.com

Colosseo Bed & Breakfast
Via Labicana, 29
Palazzina C Interno 5
00184 ROMA
Mob: +39 333.684.5819

Domus Sessoriana
Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, 10/12
00185 Rome
Tel + 39 06 706 153 435
Fax + 39 06 701 8411

info@domussessoriana.it
www.domussessoriana.it

When arriving in Rome by plane
Fiumicino Airport -Leonardo da Vinci (30 km from center of Rome)

Taxi service
Make sure to take an official taxi service (located at the taxi stand outside of the airport). Be sure the meter in the taxi is switched on (it starts at 2.44 € ). The fare should not exceed 45/55 € (inclusive of luggage) for up to four persons.

Important notice about taxis.
Use only the official white metered taxis with the meter switched on. The meter starts at 2.44 € (they cannot be on the road if the meter doesn't work).  Each piece of luggage costs 1.04 € extra. Sunday, holiday and night supplements are already built into the meter tariff automatically.  Unofficial taxi services try to snare unsuspecting travelers and charge absorbent prices because they are not monitored by the local government. Always be sure to catch taxis at official taxi stands.

Train service
The fast train that connects the Fiumicino Airport to the city is the one to Termini Station. The train ride takes 30 minutes and departures are approximately every half hour. Tickets cost 9.50 € and can be purchased from automated machines in the train station at the airport or from one of the “Tabacchi” convenience stores at the airport. Be sure to stamp the ticket at one of the machines on the train track before boarding the train.

From Termini you may take an official taxi from the taxi stand for not more than 15/20 € (inclusive of luggage). Make sure the meter is switched on (it starts at 2.44 €).

If you are traveling light you might want to take the Metro instead. Take Metro Line B from Termini to the “Colosseo” stop. Tickets can be purchased for 1 € for one of the “Tabacchi” convenience stores inside the train station. The ticket must be stamped in the gate to enter the metro. Once you exit the metro station, cross the road to the Colosseum and take the 85, 117 or 850 bus uphill 2 stops to Via San Giovanni in Laterano. The same ticket you used for the metro is valid for the bus ride as long as you complete the entire trip in less than 75 minutes. Take extra care as pickpockets operate on public transport.

By car
I f you are renting a car at Fiumicino follow signs for "Roma Centro" and then to the Colosseo.  From the Colosseum follow the directions given by your hotel.

By hire
A fully licensed limousine service can be arranged to pick you up from the airport and bring you to your hotel, or the hotel may have shuttle service from the airport. Contact your hotel for more information.

Ciampino Airport (15 km from city centre )

Taxi service
Taxi fare should not exceed 30/35 €, including luggage for up to four persons. 

Important notice about taxis.
Use only the official white metered taxis with the meter switched on. The meter starts at 2.44 € (they cannot be on the road if the meter doesn't work).  Each piece of luggage costs 1.04 € extra. Sunday, holiday and night supplements are already built into the meter tariff automatically.  Unofficial taxi services try to snare unsuspecting travelers and charge absorbent prices because they are not monitored by the local government. Always be sure to catch taxis at official taxi stands.

Bus service
Take the TERRAVISION bus from outside the airport to Termini Station in the center of Rome . Tickets can be purchased from the kiosk inside the airport or from an attendant outside of the bus for 13 €. When you arrive at Termini, you have to walk around to the other side of the station to find the taxi stand. An official taxi four up to four persons with minimum luggage should not cost more than 15/20 €.

Train service
Currently there is no train service from Ciampino Airport into the center of the city.

By car
I
f you are renting a car at Ciampino follow signs for "Roma Centro" and then to the Colosseo.  From the Colosseum follow the directions given by your hotel.

By hire
A fully licensed limousine service can be arranged to pick you up from the airport and bring you to your hotel, or the hotel may have shuttle service from the airport. Contact your hotel for more information.

When arriving in Rome by train
From Termini Train Station you should take a taxi to your hotel. The fare should no be more than 15/20 € (inclusive of luggage).  Make sure the meter is switched on (it starts at 2.44 €). The taxi ride should take between 10 to 20 minutes depending on traffic.

Important notice about taxis.
Use only the official white metered taxis with the meter switched on. The meter starts at 2.44 € (they cannot be on the road if the meter doesn't work).  Each piece of luggage costs 1.04 € extra. Sunday, holiday and night supplements are already built into the meter tariff automatically.  Unofficial taxi services try to snare unsuspecting travelers and charge absorbent prices because they are not monitored by the local government. Always be sure to catch taxis at official taxi stands.

When arriving in Rome by car
If you are arriving from the West (or from Fiumicino Airport ), follow signs to "Centro Storico" (centre) and then to the Colosseum. If you are arriving from the North, East or South follow signs to San Giovanni (more details given after the map)

From the Autostrada
If you are arriving from the north (or from Ciampino Airport ), take the Raccordo Anulare (GRA) ring-road to exit 14 (Tangenziale Est) and then follow the signs for San Giovanni. If arriving from the south, also take the Raccordo Anulare and follow the directions as above.

 

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