Jesus spent his earthly life in the land of Israel and preached almost entirely to a Jewish audience. Jesus rarely traveled outside a 100-mile radius of where he was born, yet his name and teachings are found in every corner of the earth. Jesus’ disciples, however, traveled to the ends of the earth preaching the gospel. Rome was the imperial city; all roads led to Rome. Italy served as the epicenter of the Roman empire. The Early Church lived, moved, and breathed within this context.

During our journey, we will explore the world of the first few generations of the Church. We will track how the gospel spread to and through the Gentile world and cultures of the first century. We will also enjoy famous modern sites in Italy and learn about the lives and ministry of other saints in the region, such as St. Francis of Assisi.