Newman University theology trip highlighted by visit with Pope Francis

Jun 18, 2015

Associate Professor of Theology and Coordinator of the Graduate Theology Program Father Joe Gile recently took a group of Newman University theology graduate students to Rome for an annual program trip. During their time in Rome two from the group met His Holiness Pope Francis.

Pope Francis speaks with Angie (Holoubek) Albright and her husband Brent following the General Papal Audience.

Angie (Holoubek) Albright is a May 2015 graduate from Newman with a master of theological studies degree (MTS). She recently married her husband Brent. The couple wrote for sposi novelli tickets to meet Pope Francis after the General Papal Audience, which was held on Wednesday, May 20.

Sposi novelli (newlywed) tickets are available to couples married less than three months who wear their wedding attire to the event.

“Angie and Brent actually had a short conversation with Pope Francis!” Gile said. “He said to them that it was an honor – his words – for him to be in their presence, as newlyweds. And he then asked them to pray for him, which they both promised to do.”

All students who complete the MTS degree have the opportunity to go to Rome at the end of their program of study. Gile said the trip is a great experience for all – but he “cannot guarantee that every student will shake hands with Pope Francis!”