Future Priests of the Third Millennium

A little insight into the life of seminarians from various dioceses preparing for ministry as Roman Catholic priests, including daily activities, personal interests, special events, the spiritual life, news from the seminary, and almost whatever comes to our minds!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Our Patron's Basilica

Buon Giorno da Roma!

Today we visited the Major Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Yes, that literally means outside the ancient walls of Rome. It is built on the traditional site of his tomb. Like St. Peter's, the main altar is located directly above the tomb. At both Basilicas there have been excavations into these tombs and as far as we can know the traditional account is accurate.

We were able to attend Mass there in the chapel of St. Stephen the deacon and martyr. Afterward, Fr. Cozzens gave us a tour and then a lesson on the missionary spirituality of St. Paul. Being that St. Paul is the patron of our seminary, today was a special day for us all.

Here are a few photos.

Statue of St. Paul:

The facade:

The apse:

What is externally visible of St. Paul's tomb beneath the main altar:


Jesse said...

That was by far my favorite church when I visited Rome. I'm glad you enjoyed it as a class!

Gary Kasel said...


You're not alone, there is at least one from our class whose favorite it is as well. It's pretty high on my list, but I don't think that I can name a favorite yet.

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