"For my Magellan project, I traveled to Italy where I spent a month researching and studying the role and influence of the modern papacy. During my excursion, I spent roughly two weeks in Rome and then traveled to a variety of other cities across the country such as Padova, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples, Sorrento, and Perugia. While in Rome I was able to visit Vatican City daily, arranging meetings with priests and even a Vatican official. The Vatican official that I met with at the North American College in Rome used to work for the Bishop’s office in the Erie Diocese, my hometown diocese. From the official, I learned a lot about the history of the papacy, where the papacy is today, and where it is headed in the future. Each city that I visited while in Italy brought new surprises and had something remarkable to offer. My Magellan experience has really allowed me to feel more confident in my abilities, not just as a student but also as an individual. It was a growing experience for me, allowing me to take on a real sense of independence. As far as my future is concerned, I now feel more confident in stepping outside the box and trying new things. I did not know how my Magellan was going to go, traveling to Europe for the first time, and traveling by myself for that matter, but that is what made it such an unforgettable experience."
Danny Walters '15 and is from Clarion, PA. He is a business administration and political science double major and was awarded Magellan funding to study the papacy’s current relevancy.