Lasallian Pilot Program in Italy Continues

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Lasallian Pilot Program in Italy Continues

Published: March 20, 2017.

During the winter recess, students from Lewis University traveled to Rome with students from four other American universities sponsored by the (Lasallian) Brothers of the Christian Schools to study art and theology. This trip was the second accelerated “pilot” program geared toward establishing a collaborative international Lasallian education center in Rome that will serve Lasallian schools from across the globe.

The Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) will offer a semester-long program for students starting in February of 2018.

Dr. Dominic Colonna of Lewis University was asked to lead the development of LUCE. The plan is for the center to provide full-semester and other programs for Lasallian students from around the world. Programs will be designed to develop specifically Lasallian international study abroad experiences and to enrich the sense of belonging in the worldwide Lasallian community. In addition to courses in the humanities, students will be offered business courses, a subject that virtually all Lasallian schools offer as a major. The center will be established at the headquarters of the Lasallian Christian Brothers in Rome.

The winter accelerated experience is taxing but rewarding. Joe Kleve of St. Mary’s University in Minnesota said that going to “Italy was the trip of a lifetime and I really learned a lot about theology, churches and also about myself. The trip really helped us to foster good relationships with each other and the professors.” Colonna observed that “students do not enjoy taking quizzes at 7 a.m. before starting a day of touring but most agree that it prepares them for a better educational experience.”

The accelerated winter recess program included students from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, La Salle University in Philadelphia, Lewis University in Romeoville, Manhattan College in the Bronx, and St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Local students include Marisa Barrowman from Plainfield, Valeria Escalante from Waukegan, Evgeny Gorbundov from Wheaton, Natalie Lara and Kathryn Yeskis from Chicago, Julio Lara, Jr. from Bolingbrook, Molly McEvilly and Olga Paramo from Joliet, Heather Ray from Romeoville, Taelor Rempe from Willowbrook, Nycole Torres from Carol Stream and Nia White from Steger.

To learn more about the plans for the educational center in Rome, contact Dr. Dominic Colonna at

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