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TRS 272 Mystery of the Church

March 7-15, 2014
Rome, Italy

This is a Global Classroom series class, a semester-long course taught at Marymount that includes an international field experience during Spring Break.

Course Description

This course will explore ecclesiology, the theological study of the Christian church. Questions to be addressed include the importance and limits of ecclesial diversity; the enculturation of the church in different cultures and contexts; the role of women in the Christian church; theories of authority and church office; the relation between the Christian church and Judaism; ecumenism; the church and salvation in a multi-religious world. This course meets the Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements.

Designation: TRS-2
Prerequisite: EN102 and TRS 100


Faculty: Dr. Brian Flanagan

Dr. Flanagan specializes in ecclesiology. His work on the history of the church, the Second Vatican Council, and ecumenical dialogues between the Christian churches will all help bring to life the stories and the theologies of the church that flow through the city of Rome. Dr. Flanagan has led students on several Global Classroom Series programs in the past.


Tentative Schedule
January - February Class meetings at MU, Tuesday & Friday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
March 7 Departure
March 8 Arrive in Rome
March 9 Optional Mass at Santa Susanna / Visit to San Callisto and San Sebastian catacombs
March 10 Guided tour of the Coliseum and Roman Forum
March 11 Santa Maria Maggiore / Parco del Colle Oppio / San Clemente / San Giovanni Laterano
March 12 Vatican
March 13 Pantheon / Campo di Fiori / Santa Maria in Trastevere
March 14 Scavi Tour
March 15 Return to Marymount
March - May Class meetings at MU, Tuesday & Friday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Program Cost: $900

The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip economy-class international airfare
  • Double occupancy accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Entrance fees to all required site visits and cultural events
  • Daily continental breakfast

MU reserves the right to make any necessary changes including adjustments in cost in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise. Financial aid may apply. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

The Center for Global Education will register selected students for this course class after receiving a signed Acceptance of Participation Form. Full-time students do not need to pay additional tuition for this course provided they are registered for no more than 18 credits during the spring semester, including this course. Full-time students enrolled in more than 18 credits are subject to over-enrollment fees.


Application Opens: September 13, 2013

Application Deadline: October 19, 2013

Application Status Updates Sent to Applicants: Week of October 21, 2013

Acceptance of Participation Forms Due: November 6, 2013

Before you start the online application it is strongly recommended that you meet with a representative from the Center for Global Education. Schedule an appointment online using your MU ID and password.

Learn more about the application process