Ministry Rome Program

Embark on a journey of a lifetime. Experience an intellectual pilgrimage like no other with our vibrant, faith-filled community.

Engage in stimulating and enlightening conversation, enhance your worldview, create lasting friendships and truly deepen your faith. Study in Rome this summer at the University of Dallas Eugene Constantin Campus, nicknamed "Due Santi," located in the Alban Hills overlooking the Eternal City. Class lectures are combined with visits to the city to provide an awe-inspiring spiritual and intellectual experience. Evenings and weekends are free for your own exploration around Italy or enjoyment of campus amenities. You can also sign up for an optional trip to Orvieto, one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy marked by the miracle of Bolsena.

About the Program

Reflecting the experience gained through over 40 years of its famous Undergraduate Rome Program, the University of Dallas also provides extraordinary study tours for adults. Currently the only Catholic graduate program in ministry that has a Rome program fully integrated into its degree plan, the intellectual pilgrimage offers participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and deepen their faith. Courses are offered for credit or not-for credit; the trip is open to adults both in and outside of the graduate program. Uniquely integrating guided tours of historic Roman sites with theology courses, participants join in fellowship and have the opportunity for prayer and sacramental life. Don't hesitate to contact us to request further information

The Courses

The 2016 School of Ministry Rome Program will offer three courses.

From Tarsus to Rome: The Life & Message of St. Paul

Taught by Cynthia and David Freeman Professor of Sacred Scripture, Gene Giuliano,  M.A.

St. Paul was a man deeply grounded in Israel’s faith and, at the same time, passionately concerned to carry the gospel of Israel’s Messiah to the pagan world of his day. You are invited to come face to face with that world-transforming message and the man who boldly proclaimed it. In this course, you will explore the context of Paul’s thought and activity – Jewish, Greek and Roman, cultural, and religious – and learn how his worldview and theology enabled him to address the complexities of first-century life that his churches were facing. Through our classroom study and visits to sites associated with Paul in and around Rome, you will gain insights into Paul, his life and times, and his enduring impact. 

Science & Faith: A Conversation

Taught by Janice Kay Peterson Professor of Applied Ministry, Jim McGill, M.A.

Religion and science have been at odds for centuries over whose view of reality is correct.  In recent decades this “either/or” competitive skirmish has begun to give way to a “both/and” complementary approach.  While acknowledging their different methods for arriving at the truth, scholars from both disciplines have been willing to dialogue with one another allowing for a more integrated way of understanding nature, the cosmos and the Mystery in which we live, move and have our being.  Believers need to be introduced to some of the fruits of this important conversation taking place between religion and science.  Such will be the goal of this course.

Saints: Their Lives and Iconography

Taught by professor John Norris, Ph.D. 

This course will examine the development of Catholic devotion to the saints and Mary, from the time of St. Peter up to the present day. We will study the lives of the saints, liturgical and extra-liturgical practices of devotion to the saints and the iconography of the saints in the rich environs of Rome. We will end with an examination of the current process of canonization, post-Vatican II visions of the sanctity of the laity and recent saints added to Catholic canon. 

In addition to the courses offered, guided tours of Rome will by given by School of Ministry Dean, Theodore Whapham, Ph.D. and John Norris, Ph.D. Site visits will include: St. Peter's Basilica, the site of St. Paul's martyrdom, St. Clement's, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, Mass in St. Peter's and the Papal Angelus.

Dates, Costs, and Application

Mark your calendar for May 21-31, 2016. The cost of the program is $2, 750 and includes housing on campus in a double occupancy dorm room, meals, transportation, tours, museum fees and tips as well as a choice of one of three courses. Airfare is not included.
Experience the striking Italian hill town of Orvieto for an additional $350. The price of the Orvieto trip includes overnight stay, one breakfast and one lunch. Only ten places are available for this additional excursion. Apply today!
All program fees become non-refundable after March 1, 2016. Please be sure to review the University's statement on accessibility and physical health prior to submitting your application. 

How Do I Apply? 

  1. Submit the online application, a copy of your passport, registration form and $500 program deposit to University of Dallas School of Ministry Office, 1845 E Northgate Dr, Irving, TX 75062, or payment can be madeonline. You must receive login credentials to pay online from Ms. Debbie Sargo at or (972) 265-5809. 
  2. Once your application is confirmed, submit the online health form, online release form and your flight itinerary to complete your registration. Students are asked to delay purchase of airline tickets until February 15, 2016. Information and guidelines for making your flight arrangements will be available in February.

Questions may be directed to Ms. Debbie Sargo at or (972) 265-5809. 

The Rome Campus

The University's ten-acre Eugene Constantin Campus rests in the beautiful foothills just off the Via Appia southeast of Rome, where ancient Rome got its start and where Romans and popes take their summer rest. Take a walk in the kiwi grove, kick around a soccer ball, eat fresh Italian food in our mensa, take a dip in the pool, work out in the exercise room, or just sit in the pergola above the working vineyard. You'll find it a paradiso-like paradise on the grounds of this beautiful former villa.


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