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Rome students present for inauguration of new Pope

University of Mary students and administrators from its Rome campus, along with campus visitors and a priest from the United States, took time for a photo with the North Dakota flag in front and the American flag in back during the Installation Mass of Pope Francis I at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday, March 19. (front, l-r) Allison Richter, Bismarck, Michaela Seifert, Bismarck, Melissa Zastoupil, Bismarck, Jeffrey Welk, Bismarck, Kaitlyn Lengenfelder, Bismarck, (back, l-r) Sky Froelich, Mandan, Chris Collins, Academic Director; Grant Krebs, Jamestown, and Thomas Schulzetenberg, Campus Director. Submitted photo

University of Mary students and administrators from its Rome campus, along with campus visitors and a priest from the United States, took time for a photo with the North Dakota flag in front and the American flag in back during the Installation Mass of Pope Francis I at St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday, March 19. (front, l-r) Allison Richter, Bismarck, Michaela Seifert, Bismarck, Melissa Zastoupil, Bismarck, Jeffrey Welk, Bismarck, Kaitlyn Lengenfelder, Bismarck, (back, l-r) Sky Froelich, Mandan, Chris Collins, Academic Director; Grant Krebs, Jamestown, and Thomas Schulzetenberg, Campus Director. Submitted photo

Experiencing life and culture at University of Mary’s campus in Rome is exciting to begin with for a college student. Classes are held from 9 a.m. until around noon Monday through Thursday, and then Friday, Saturday and Sunday are open for students to travel the streets of Rome and Europe with classmates – bringing life and greater meaning to what they’ve learned in the classroom.

Now, in this historic time for the world and the Church, more than ever daily life for Mary students in Rome is their classroom. History revealed itself in front of their eyes as Our Most Holy Father was chosen during the Papal Conclave on Wednesday, March 13.

“I knew this was going to be a great four months of my life,” said sophomore Lindsey Stein, a Mary student from Hankinson, majoring in nursing with a minor in Catholic studies. “Being in the heart of the Church and being with my fellow brother and sister saints that are all over this city during this historic time for the Church.”

Twenty University of Mary students were present to witness the installation of Pope Francis I. Among them was Sky Froelich, a Mandan native.

It’s estimated that approximately 1 million people attended the March 19 installation in St. Peter’s Square, including the students from Mary’s Rome campus.