A Time for Priests 15th – 19th September 2014

The Pontifical Irish College Rome will host a time of reflection, renewal and relaxation, from 15th to 19th September 2014, for priests who wish to avail of an opportunity to spend some days in Rome, close to the ministry of Pope Francis and in anticipation of the Synod on the family in 2015. The course provides participants with an opportunity to visit Rome while deepening their theological awareness through lectures and lived experience of the Church and City.


Those leading this year’s course will include:

  • Fr. Brendan Purcell, Emeritus Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, UCD.
  • Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
  • Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University.
  • Fr. Tom Norris, Spiritual Director, Pontifical Irish College, Rome.

Liturgies will be celebrated each day in the College Chapel with its beautiful Marko Rupnik mosaics and in other Churches and Basilicas in Rome and beyond. A general audience with the Holy Father, a trip to Montecassino, a day of reflection and recollection as well as an opportunity to enjoy many of the artistic and cultural delights of Rome form part of this year’s programme.


The cost of the course is €800. A deposit of €300 is required to secure a place. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of participants but airport transfers to the College are included in the price. Rooms are en-suite with meals half board. As a means of supporting the ongoing formation of priests, many dioceses provide a subsidy toward the expenses involved. Those who wish to arrive early or remain following the conclusion of the course are welcome to do so subject to the availability of rooms.

If you wish to reserve a place, please telephone the Irish College on the main office number at 00 39 06 772 631 or email ufficio@irishcollege.org

Pontifical Irish College, Via Dei S.S. Quattro, 1, 00184 Rome