- Dec 10, 2019
Ancient tones of Syriac chant, columns of incense, ornate oriental vestments and bearded clerics filled the chapel of the Pontifical North American College in early June, creating a rare Middle Eastern atmosphere in the heart of the U.S. Church’s flagship seminary in Rome.
Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, who helps train future American priests in Rome, could have been aborted after his mother was advised he could suffer birth defects because she took thalidomide. She refused, and now, through her son, she’s had a moving personal encounter with Pope Francis.
ROME — As excitement surrounding Super Bowl XLIX continues to build in the United States, American seminarians studying for priesthood in Rome are also preparing to enjoy the Great Game. A student-organized kickoff party is in the works, featuring easy chairs, one big-screen TV, and what’s being described as “moderate”
A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract. The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the