The Janiculum Hill is one of the best locations in Rome for a breathtaking view of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline of the multi-hued architectural museum. … The Janiculum … is the location of several foreign research institutions, including the American Academy in Rome and the Spanish Academy in Rome, the American University of Rome, Pontifical Urban University, and the Pontifical North American College, as well as the Orto Botanico dell’Universita di Roma “La Sapienza” and the Palazzo Montorio, residence of the Ambassadors of Spain. (from Wikipedia)

In the last few hours of our trip, a small group of about 25 of us visited where Msgr. Ray Dreiling and I first met, at the Program of Continuing Education for Priests at the Pontifical North American College.

The Pontifical North American College (PNAC) forms seminarians for priestly ministry in American dioceses and elsewhere, and provides a residence for American priests pursuing graduate studies or attending continuing formation programs in Rome. Oversight of the College is the responsibility of the Holy See’s Congregation for the Clergy, delegated for most matters to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops acting through the College’s Episcopal Board of Governors. (from Wikipedia)

We were met by Msgr. Anthony J. Figueredo, Director of ICTE (Institute for Continuing Theological Education) at the PNAC, who showed us the grounds of the College, and the Casa O’Toole, home of ICTE. It was a very short visit, probably a lithe over an hour. But the best views of the city we took from the roof of the College and the rooms of the Casa O’Toole. The program was in its winter break, and the new residents were arriving at the end of the month. So I was able to visit my old room and see once again that view I woke up to for three weeks last February.

One can never take too many pictures in Rome. But I had to pare down that gallery.

And in a few hours we would be back on American soil. Arrivederci Roma! Until we meet again.

Rolo B Castillo © 2014