Seton Hall University: Philanthropy and Christianity in Rome

Dr Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University, lecturing at The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, during a recent program entitled Philanthropy & Christianity.

Dr Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University, lecturing at The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas during a recent program entitled Philanthropy & Christianity.(PHOTO: H Goo)

Dr Roseanne Mirabella, Professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Seton Hall University, recently collaborated with The Lay Centre on a course entitled, Philanthropy & Christianity.

The program, which ran at The Lay Centre from 17 May through to 22 May, explored the concept of Christianity as a catalyst for social perceptions of charity stemming from the early church to the 20th century.

Professor Robert White, The Lay Centre’s Assistant for Programs, supplemented lectures with visits to Christian sites such as the church and monastery of San Gregorio Magno, which is adjacent to the convent of the Missionaries of Charity where the group were invited to share in an evening prayer service, and learn about the order’s commitment to the poor that was fostered by their founder, Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Dr Mirabella, other Seton Hall faculty, and students also had the opportunity to visit some of the city’s religious, service-oriented organizations such as the soup kitchens of the Community of Sant’Egidio and Caritas Roma.

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