I am in Rome this academic year as Faculty Resident Director for the Providence College Theology and Religious Studies Centre Program. I lived at The Lay Centre at Piazza Navona from 1988-1992 when I was pursuing a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology at the Angelicum. It was my experience of living with twelve other lay people from around the world that prompted me to choose the theology of the laity as the topic of my research.
For me, The Lay Centre was a kind of “laboratory” for lay spirituality or a “green house” for the theology of the vocation of the laity. I received an ecclesial formation in addition to my academic degrees which has helped me to live my vocation as a lay theologian not only in the academy, but also in the Church.
The hospitality, companionship and liturgical life of The Lay Centre are still bearing fruit in my life. I am forever grateful for my experience.