In this course, Father Kirby takes a look at the history and artwork of St. Peter's Square and Basilica through the light of faith. This comprehensive tour explains why St. Peter's Basilica was significant to the early Christians, and why it is still significant today.
Just as the ancient pilgrims exclaimed, “Ecco Roma” (Latin for “Behold Rome”), so too does this course begin with wonder at beholding the Eternal City. Aside from visiting Italy in person, this tour will take you as close as possible to experiencing the splendor of Rome, Vatican City, and St. Peter’s Square.
Beginning with the First Pope
Rather than starting this tour with the Basilica’s construction, Fr. Kirby begins with the basilica’s namesake - St. Peter himself - as well as the origins of Christianity. With this great historical context of the first pope, one can come to more fully appreciate the treasures contained within Rome and within St. Peter’s Square.
A Tour for Our Times
Given in light of the New Evangelization, this tour is not just a tour of Rome's essential history and its artistic masterpieces, but rather one that begs a certain spiritual awareness. St. Peter's is a sacred place, and its basilica is like a living catechism, inspiring us to ask ourselves profound questions and deepen our faith.
About the Author
Father Jeffrey Kirby was ordained into the priesthood on July 27th, 2007. He received his Masters in Bioethics from Queen of the Apostles in Rome, and his Masters of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University where he graduated summa cum laude. Since 2010, he has been the Vicar of Vocations for the Diocese of Charleston where he has guided numerous young men and women in the spiritual life and in the process of discernment. In 2011, he founded the Drexel House, a Catholic Residence for Men. Drawing on these experiences, he wrote the book Lord, Teach Us To Pray (Saint Benedict Press, 2014). He has been a contributor of the Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and a guest columnist in The Catholic Miscellany, The Post and Courier, The Charlotte Observer, and The Aiken Standard. He is the co-author of the children's book, Becoming Father Bob and author of the book, Encountering the Lord in His Holy Court: A Walk through St. Peter's Basilica.
Item No: C604 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: DVD, CD, MP4 Video Download, MP3 Audio Download and Group Study Edition
8 Lectures (Approx. 30 min. each)
1. St. Peter’s Square and the Origins of Christianity Our study of St. Peter's begins with a look at the early Christians, who were heavily persecuted by Nero.
2. St. Peter: Proud Fisherman, Prince of the Apostles, and the First Pope The namesake of St. Peter’s Basilica originates from a surprisingly relatable and compelling follower of Christ.
3. A Faith-filled Walk around St. Peter’s Square St. Peter’s is a place to ask those big questions weighing on our minds, and to hear the Lord’s answers.
4. Sights and Insights around St. Peter’s Square Blessed Pope John Paul II is the key to finishing up our look at St. Peter’s Square before we enter the basilica.
5. The Basilica’s Narrative of Faith The story of St. Peter’s Basilica is a fascinating narrative of brokenness and redemption, much like our own lives.
6. The Threshold of the Apostles and the Door of Faith As we finish looking at the history behind St. Peter’s Basilica, we can begin to study its physical and spiritual artistry.
7. The Household and Journey of Faith As we continue looking closely at St. Peter’s Basilica, we can see how it symbolizes our own walk of faith.
8. Going to the Altar of God and Going in Peace As we approach the sanctuary of St. Peter’s Basilica — the heart of the church — we also approach the conclusion of our tour.