The Rome Experience is designed to complement existing programs of formation in diocesan seminaries for seminarians who have completed their first year of theology. Seminarians interested in applying must be recommended by their bishops and vocation directors.

All applicants must have a valid passport for international travel. For non-American citizens, a visa may be required for travel in France, Italy, and Spain. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain all required travel documents.

Application Deadline:

Applications for the program and scholarship must be received or postmarked by:
Monday, January 6, 2020

Send completed applications by mail, fax, or email to:

Mr. Thomas Pierzchanowski
Program Coordinator
The Rome Experience
4340 Cross Street, Suite 1
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: 630-541-8519 x 28
Fax: 331-777-5819

Acceptance into the program:

  • Upon receipt of your application, you will be contacted and a convenient time arranged for a telephone interview.
  • You will be notified of our decision regarding your application and scholarship request (if applicable) by Monday, February 10, 2020.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, you are required to submit your deposit for the airfare to/from Europe by Friday, February 21, 2020.
  • You are responsible for your transportation to/from Chicago.




The tuition fee for the program is $10,000. The fee includes five-day retreat in Ars, France, land transportation, room and board, honorarium fees, and entry fees to museums and historical sites. The following are not included in the tuition fee: transportation to/from Chicago, airfare to/from Europe, personal expenses, and personal/optional activities outside of the program.



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