People walking in front of large white building in the countryside.

Students walk outside the Château de Bossey, home to the Ecumenical Institute, on graduation day in January 2022.


Below, he reflects on the depth of what he learned.

Can you describe a highlight from a particular visit?

Alexander Vozhdaev: From visiting the Vatican News, I had a good impression. We learned a lot about the work and interactions of this department within the Catholic Church.  Representatives of Vatican News kindly shared their experience and answered all our questions.

What amazed you at the Basilica of St Paul?

Alexander Vozhdaev: I really liked the Basilica of St Paul. Its scale and architecture are amazing. Inside, everything is also very beautiful: sculptures, frescoes and icons take us to the New Testament period. In addition, we had the opportunity to participate in a prayer in honor of the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Basilica of St  Paul.

Was this a rewarding experience in your life?

Alexander Vozhdaev: Yes, during the trip I had the opportunity to communicate with people from Focolare and the community of St  Egidia. The communication was very informative and helpful. I learned a lot, in particular, how Christians in Western churches live the Christian life, what challenges they face and how they overcome them. In general, the trip to Rome turned out to be very eventful and productive. Definitely a rewarding experience in my life. Thank God!

Bossey sees new generation of students graduate, celebrating the experience of ‘a school of life’ (WCC press release of 28 January 2022)

COVID-19 brought “openness to being transformed ourselves,” WCC acting general secretary reflects (WCC press release of 20 January 2022)

Bossey students embark on study visit to Rome (WCC press release of 21 January 2022)

Applications open for Bossey online course 2022

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