A Whole July in Paris

December 11, 2013 

In pursuing his doctorate, Father Sakowski needed to learn how to read French proficiently.  Never having studied it before, he spent July 2009 living in Paris and enrolled at the Institut Catholique. He prepared by cramming for six weeks and managed (somehow) to test into “Intermediate Written French.”  What ensued was one of the most challenging months of his entire academic career – but also one of the most amazing months of his life, including the following highlights:

--French Art and Culture
--Bastille Day
--The conclusion of the Tour de France
--Omaha Beach in Normandy
--The Palace at Versailles
--The Cathedral at Chartres
--Pilgrimages to Lisieux (St. Thérèse) and Ars (St. John Vianney)

He will also explore some more serious themes on faith, religion, history, culture, and spirituality:

--The Relationship of Church and State
--The Examples of St. Thérèse and St. John Vianney
--What we can learn from Gothic Architecture