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Student Spotlight: Kielce Gussie to Study Church Communication in Rome (Mount St. Mary's University)

Mount St. Mary's University

April 1, 2019


After completing her Mount undergraduate degree in theology in May, Kielce Gussie, C'19, will head to the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome to study Church communication in the university's licentiate program. Affectionately known as Santa Croce ("Holy Cross" in Italian), the university is not just a school for seminarians and priests. Approximately 25 percent of students are from the laity and 21 percent are women.

During Gussie's junior year, Mount Communication Department professors introduced her to the Rev. Jordi Pujol, professor of media ethics and law at Santa Croce. In spring 2018, while studying abroad in Florence, Gussie had the opportunity to meet again with Pujol and receive a tour of Santa Croce. She applied to the licentiate program last fall and was honored to be accepted.

Gussie credits her Mount professors and the excellent academic programs for equipping her with the confidence and skills she needs to pursue an intense graduate program abroad. “The Mount allowed me to grow as a well-rounded individual. The work and classes at the Mount offered lessons that will help me in any stage of life,” said Gussie. As a theology major, with minors in communication, Spanish and Italian, she took full advantage of the integrated liberal arts program offered by the Mount. Commenting on the communication program, she said, “The communication program is successful and effective because the professors focus on instructing students to write and communicate professionally with confidence. I learned to interact with people from many different backgrounds. The communication classes taught me to analyze how media affects every-day life and how people interpret things differently because of media.”