October was a very special month for the girls and faculty of the Tangara School
of New South Wales, Australia. Anne-Marie, their teacher and coordinator, had
arranged for them to come to Rome to participate in the canonisation ceremony of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer that was held on October 6 2002. Anne-Marie was
particularly excited about the event because she had had the pleasure of
personally meeting the founder of Opus Dei.
However, the "Tangaras" were the only ones out of the 300,000
visitors that had planned a special trip down to the Roman Forum. Anne-Marie not only prepared the girls with information about
Rome's history and culture but also thought that it would be fun and educational
to solidify some concepts of Roman history with the Miracle Players' own version
of "The History of Rome".
Notwithstanding a most "wet" year in Europe, the group
ventured down to the Roman Forum on October 3, sat on the church steps of
SS. Luca and Martina and were blessed with pleasant weather and a spectacular
view of the ancient Roman city.