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Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
In Rome

In the footsteps of our Foundresses (Mother Adelaide and Mother Veronica)'that the Sisters would always be ready to respond to the needs of the local Church', we are called to serve the Lord in each other and ready to share who we are and what we have, as St. Francis did. In August 2009, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception responded generously to a new mission in the Scots College Rome, where our Sisters have taken over the task of caring for the staff and the students.

As one family and as one college community, we go to St. Peter's Basilica for the celebration of the Eucharist and to the Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major to begin the new academic year.
Rome Blog  1 of 4

There is more to Rome than meets the eye. To really feel part of Rome, its history and its culture, it is a ‘must’ to delve below the surface in order to get a taste of what life was like in ancient times – even if it means mingling with the ashes of the dead. Together with the staff and students of the College, the three of us arrived at the Basilica of St Peter for a ‘Scavi’ tour. Scavare is the Italian verb meaning to excavate and the excavations under the basilica over the last century have unearthed remarkable discoveries – the most important of course being the discovery of the tomb and the remains of St Peter.

Here  we were, standing below the high altar in St Peter’s basilica only a few metres away from the revered bones of the first vicar of Christ. ‘Thou art Peter (Pietro) and on this rock (pietra) I will build my Church.’  It was only in 1965 that the Holy Father Pope Paul VI, after years of excavation and analysis, was able to proclaim to the whole world: “We have found the tomb of St Peter and his remains.”  Many other remains of the dead had been examined, analysed and discarded. What made these particular remains authentic, discovered in the necropolis – the city of the dead ?
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Rome Blog  1 of 4.   March 2015
Basilica of St Peter for a ‘Scavi’ Tour
Together we celebrate the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours which is the centre of our lives as St. Francis enjoined us to do. As a means of praying with and for the Church, we thus bring all its members into the presence of God and make the whole day holy