A group of 21 Bishop Ward High School alumni traversed through Munich, Germany; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Florence and finally, visited the original “City of Fountains,” Rome. This trip was part of the Sister City Trips that visits the countries of Kansas City, Kansas sister cities.
The group flew into Munich, Germany and from there went to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dubrovnik is a small medieval city on the Adriatic Sea. The group visited the city because of Kansas City’s ties to Croatia and Croatian culture.
After visiting Dubrovnik came the real treat, Rome! While the group was in Rome they visited the Coliseum, the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Tom Roberts ’70 said, “It was a very interesting and fun filled trip with great people.” He also commented that the traffic in Rome was crazy, but the cooking was amazing.
“The real highlight of the trip was getting to see the Pope,” Roberts said. On the group’s final day they were privileged with an audience of Pope Francis in Vatican Square. “He drove by where we were sitting in his Pope mobile, approximately 8-10 yards away. After driving through the crowd Pope Francis gave his talk which was interpreted in several languages. We then received his papal blessing. Our group was recognized as pilgrims from Kansas City, Kansas.”