A “Revolutionary” Thing: To Go Back to Our Roots

In Pope Francis’ recent Address to the Parish Priests of the Diocese of Rome, he explained: “It is possible to ‘progress by going backwards’, by searching out once again the […]

May 1, 2017

Holy Mass for Vocations 2017

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, The Rome Experience’s annual Mass for Vocations will be celebrated at the Altar of Pope St. John Paul the Great in St. Peter’s Basilica.  The […]

May 1, 2017

Announcing The Rome Experience Class of 2017

The Bishops Advisory Board, faculty, and staff of The Rome Experience are pleased to announce the seminarians who have been accepted and will be participating in The Rome Experience 2017: […]

March 16, 2017

Pope Francis: Memory, Hope, and Discernment

On March 2, 2017, His Holiness Pope Francis met with the parish priests of the Diocese of Rome for their annual meeting. In his address, Pope Francis encouraged priests to look […]

March 13, 2017


Applications are now being accepted for The Rome Experience 2017. The Rome Experience is designed to complement existing programs of formation in diocesan seminaries for seminarians who have completed their […]

October 12, 2016

Welcome Home Class of 2016!

On July 5th, the seminarians of the Class of 2016 arrived in Chicago after six-weeks in France, Italy and Spain. Thank you to everyone who offered their prayers and support […]

August 3, 2016

A Reflection on the Last Week of The Rome Experience 2016

The Rome Experience is coming to a close. It’s an odd feeling. Yes, I’m eager to return to the relative conveniences and familiar locales of my home in the United […]

July 6, 2016

“Top 5 Highlights” 2016: Week #6

As we come to a close of our time here in Rome, the surprises the Holy Spirit gives us certainly amazes us every time. With that, here is my top […]

July 1, 2016

Top 5 Highlights of The Rome Experience Week #5

1.  An exam Usually, students don’t get very excited for exams, but this is not a normal class.  Our class just wrapped up on Saturday with our final exam, which […]

June 29, 2016

Rome as Key to Our Past, Present, and Future

A great benefit of partaking in The Rome Experience has been the ability to stretch one’s perspective of the city beyond just the quick tourist traps. We saw many of […]

June 29, 2016

Video Journal from the Rome Experience 2016

Seminarian Phillip Shifflet from the Diocese of Orange has been journaling about the Rome Experience 2016 in a series of videos, which he’s been sharing throughout the summer.  Thank you, […]

June 29, 2016

“Top Five” 2016: Week Four

There are many things that I could write about as being noteworthy on The Rome Experience, but I have limited myself to the list as follows. 1.) The Seven Church […]

June 21, 2016