Monarchs Rally and Create a Special Memory in Italy

Day 6 in Italy started with unhappy news, as our Monarchs learned of the passing of their friend and classmate, Spencer Becker.

Although in mourning, students rallied and the spirit that characterizes the Mater Dei family quickly emerged.

Director of Campus Ministry, Ms. Helen Steves, led the group in a prayer service as the group traveled to the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Pisa to pray, reflect and honor the memory of their friend and classmate. “It was the Mater Dei family at its finest because in their shock, sorrow and grief over their friend, Spencer, our students united with their classmates in spirit despite being thousands of miles away,” said Ms. Steves.

After Pisa, students visited the Accademia to see some of Michelangelo’s most famous artwork, including his David. Students had some time to further explore Florence before proceeding to the final leg of their journey in Italy, Milan.

Thereafter, the group headed back to their hotel where Ms. Steves led the group in expressing their emotions, processing their grief, and praying for their friend in spirit, Spencer Becker.

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