UD Rome's Office of Religious Life offers a range of activities and services aimed
at nurturing the faith and spiritual well-being of its students. These include:
Daily Mass and Confession
Mass is held several days each week on campus, typically in the evenings. Prior to
Mass, the Sacrament of Penance is available to students as well.
Chaplain's Office Hours
Rome chaplains have regular office hours set aside for spiritual counseling and direction.
Students may also meet with the chaplain either prior to Mass (on Mass days) or by
Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen Visits
Once per week UD students lend a hand at the soup kitchen of the Missionaries of Charity of St. Teresa of Calcutta at San Gregorio
al Celio in Rome, a soup kitchen and hostel located near the Vatican and run by the Missionaries of
Charity. As many as 100 people per day are fed, clothed and sheltered by the sisters
and their volunteers.
Dead Theologians' Society
This is a series of regular gatherings between students and the UD Rome Chaplain and
his guests for the purpose of discussing important theological issues of the day.
Attendance is voluntary and the meetings are highly informal. Recent topics under
discussion have included the praying of Sacred Scripture according to the lectio divina
and the writings of the Holy Fathers on the Sacred Liturgy. Gatherings are held in
the Villa Salone, a reception room with comfortable couches and a welcoming atmosphere.
Scavi Tours of St. Peter's Tomb
Each semester the Rome Chaplain typically organizes a visit to the excavations or
scavi below the present St. Peter's Basilica. A highlight of this tour is the visit
to ancient Necropolis of the Vatican, where St. Peter's tomb lies. All Scavi Tours
are voluntary, subject to scheduling limitations, and paid for by students themselves.
Outside of retreats and religious life activities on campus, the chaplain’s office
also coordinates optional mission trips over the fall/spring break each semester.
These service trips give students the opportunity to volunteer at orphanages, special
needs centers, and elementary schools run by various religious congregations. With
the help of the chaplaincy, students have the option to serve in countries such as
Romania and Albania for all or part of their break. This is a valuable addition to
the religious life activities on the Rome campus, as it allows students to give back,
serve others and experience different cultures.