Global Gateway Seminar

Rome through the Ages: Church, Architecture, Liturgy, and Spirituality

A faculty-led program for incoming Notre Dame Freshmen

July 3 - July 23, 2016

  • Course Description: immersion into the churches and architecture of Rome
  • Understand the connection between architecture and the liturgy and how spirituality changed through the ages in Rome
  • Overnight excursion to Florence
  • Day trip to Orvieto
  • Earn three credit hours that will fulfill your fine arts requirement.
  • Notre Dame faculty and staff will accompany the group of students on the program

The goal of this course is a comprehensive understanding of the nature and development of the liturgy in Roman Catholic tradition and its relationship to ecclesial spaces. It will be an examination of both the structure and the content of the liturgy and will be undertaken in its historical context. On-site visits to important churches will illustrate the interface between liturgy, architecture, and the urban landscapes of Rome. Whenever possible other dimensions such as music, art, and theological doctrine will be included.

Rev. Michael Driscoll, Associate Professor of Theology at Notre Dame, will lead the course. Fr. Driscoll has lived in Europe for 10 years, five of which were in Rome. Rev. Don LaSalle, Assistant Professional Specialist and Academic Advisor in the First Year of Studies, will also accompany the trip. Fr. LaSalle lived in Rome for 6 years and knows the city well.

Students interested in theology, art, architecture, history, and music will enjoy this course. This course counts for the fine arts requirement.