Roman Holiday

Eilidh Proudfoot, a third-year ordinand, studying for her MDiv from the School of Divinity, New College, of the University of Edinburgh, visited the Eternal City last week with a cohort of ministerial candidates of the Church of Scotland from New College. Eilidh writes:

When in Rome…! As a student at New College, Edinburgh, I was invited by the Church of Scotland to join their candidates on their trip to Rome. This trip happens every third year to allow students to explore the city and its history. The itinerary was jam packed. As well as visiting the historical landmarks and many of the famous churches, we ventured away from the beaten track too. We spent an evening at the Scots College, meeting the men from Scotland who are in Rome training for Priesthood with the Roman Catholic Church. We heard about their formation process and joined them for Evening Prayer and their evening meal. At the other end of the spectrum, we visited the Methodist Church and the Waldensian faculty to hear about their experience of being non-conformist Churches in Rome. As well as a tour of the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica, we were taken behind the scenes to appreciate its day-to-day working. A phenomenal experience! As we settle back at home we’ll miss the gelato and mild weather but will savour these experiences for years to come. Thank you to New College!

Photo courtesy of Eilidh Proudfoot