A little while back I posted a blog about climbing up St. Peter’s Dome. My words and few pictures could not do justice to how breathtaking the walk is. I went up St. Peter’s Dome once again to film for this video. I hope this does St. Peter’s more justice! Enjoy! Have any questions or comments? Let me know in the comments section below!   Olivia Ferri is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently a Junior studying Business Management and Theology at…

Now that I have returned from my study abroad, I have been getting a lot of questions about the experience. Sometimes, the questions can be very repetitive. I figured the best way for me to share all of the basic and best information is in a blog post. Keep reading for some of my highlights! Which Program Did You Choose? CEA Rome: Theology and Religious Studies What Classes Did You Take? Italian (occasional class trips) History and Theology of the Papacy (always in-class) New Testament in the Eternal…

Packing for five months seems very daunting, and it isn’t easy. But before boarding the plane to Rome, I made sure to get all the kinks out of the packing nightmare! So here’s to my trial and errors so your next packing experience won’t be quite so painful. #1: Pack what you like  If you’re not comfortable in it you wont wear it. So don’t pack it! It will only take up extra space and you don’t have room for a mistake like that. #2: Wear what you…

“So, which countries do you guys want to go to in the next four months?” If someone had told me that my three random roommates from Providence College and University of Tennessee would greet me with that phrase twenty minutes after meeting them, I wouldn’t have believed you.  The moment I stepped into my apartment in Rome and met my roommates, I knew I was in for the ride of my life. After a few minutes of introduction and lots of laughs we started making a huge list…

The inscription on the façade of the Basilica of St. John Lateran reads: “The Most Holy Church of the Lateran, Mother and Head of all the Churches of the City and of the World”. This cathedral of Rome owes its origins to the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century and was where the Popes resided until the 14th century when the papacy became centralized at the Vatican. Last week the focus of our New Testament class was Matthew’s gospel. We visited the Basilica of St. John Lateran and…

You can walk into any convenience store in Rome and grab a box of pasta off the shelf for a euro or less. Pretty crazy, right? If you didn’t know better, you would figure that would be the single best option for pasta meals during your stay in Italy. I quickly fell into that trap within the first few weeks of my stay in Rome. But last week I attended a cooking class and have changed my mind-set ever since! Last Wednesday night, a group of CEA students…

When deciding to come to Rome for my study abroad semester, people were pretty shocked that I decided on Italy. My Italian vocabulary only consisted of a few words: ciao, grazie, gelato and pizza. So when I arrived to CEA and one of the events they had on the calendar was a “Pizza and Gelato Crawl”, I instantly signed up. Last Wednesday night, about twenty CEA students and I met a few CEA staff members in Campo de Fiori to begin the crawl. Our first stop was right…