Lest readers of this blog think that my time is filled only with food and travel, let me write a bit about the academic year which began around October 12th. Whereas U.S. schools are already into their Fall break, the Roman school system begins later and also ends at the later date of June 24th roughly.Last year I was engaged in a propedeutic year, studying Latin and Greek while also taking a couple of small seminar courses. This academic year is an anno integrativo, or an integrated year which entails coursework that perhaps I have not had the opportunity to take in the past or would be helpful for my overall studies. The idea is that once these courses are complete I can begin full-time writing for the doctoral dissertation.
And so this semester I am taking:
Introduction to Liturgical Theology
Introduction to the Oriental Liturgies
Introduction to the Occidental non-Roman Liturgies
Bible and Liturgy
Criticism and Hermeneutics of Liturgical Texts
The Cult of the Saints
The Idea of "Sacrament" and "Minister" in the First Millennium
All of these are extremely interesting and after two weeks of course work I see that this will be a challenging but most likely also a rewarding time. Buon lavoro!