Rome and the Catholic Church

This course explores the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism as manifested in great theological texts, lives of saints, artistic masterpieces, historical landmarks, and miracles connected with the Eternal City.

Why Study the Catholic Church in Rome?

Witness the splendor of Catholic truth as Rome and Italy bring our readings to life. Develop the skill of incarnate theological reasoning so as to marvel at the Divine Love made real in history. 

  • Study orthodox Catholic theology in the "capital" of the Church, Rome
  • Appreciate the beauty and liberating truth of the Catholic faith
  • Develop intellectual skills to handle questions and difficulties about the faith
  • Grow in your Catholic faith

The Readings

Some of the Readings:
St. Augustine's conversion story (Confessions, Book 8).
Pope Gregory the Great's Life of Benedict.
The martyrdom of Polycarp (funny name, great saint).
Thomas Aquinas, hymns on the Eucharist.
Justin the Martyr, First Apology.
Irenaeus: On Mary and Rome, from Against Heresies
Newman, The Antichrist.
Ignatius of Antioch, Letters.
Writings on the Last Judgment
The Immaculate Conception.
*We'll also consider various objections to Catholic faith from Judaism, Islam, Protestantism, and secular reason. We'll affirm the good concerns underlying these objections and investigate whether they hit the mark or not.

The Travels

Some of the Sites:
Explore the Scavi where St. Peter (who was crucified upside down) is buried. Visit St. Catherine’s home in Siena and see her incorrupt head. (Grab a gelato or espesso at every stop!) See an amazing Eucharistic miracle in Orvieto (where St. Thomas taught!) and also Signorelli’s frescoes on the Last Judgment. Experience the peace of St. Francis, still palpable in Assisi. See great churches in Rome and the sites of martyrdoms. Tour catacombs. Visit St. Benedict’s first monastery. 

The Faculty

The director of Rome and the Catholic Church, Dr. Christopher Malloy  received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.  He has been teaching at the University of Dallas since 2001.  He approaches the theological vocation with the conviction that philosophy and theology, faith and reason, serious intellectual research and fidelity to the full deposit of Catholic faith, work harmoniously toward one end - the contemplation and love of truth.  His research interests include St. Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Bonaventure, John Duns Scotus, and Matthias Scheeben.

Dr. Malloy will be assisted by an able team of undergraduate and graduate students who have experience in leading student groups on study-abroad programs. 

The Rome Campus

The University of Dallas’s beautiful Eugene Constantin Rome Campus at Due Santi is located on the western slopes of the Alban Hills, about twelve miles southeast of the center of Rome, in one of the city’s most attractive suburbs. Less than two miles away, in the small town of Castel Gandolfo, is the Palazzo Papale, a majestic palace that serves as the Pope’s summer residence. Thanks to this unique location and the comfortable Due Santi campus itself, UD Rome is a perfect place for students, faculty, and staff to get to know one another and to learn together.

Piazza del Popolo