Monday, 19th February 2018

Vespers for Christian Unity

Posted on 24. Jan, 2018 by in Banner, Carousel

The Most Reverend Bernard Ntahoturi, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, with some of the members of staff and seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College on the occasion of Vespers at the College marking the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Your right hand, O Lord,
glorious in power
(Ex 15:6)

Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, Director of The Anglican Centre in Rome since last year, visited the Pontifical Irish College on 24th January 2018. As part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Archbishop Ntahoturi was invited to preach at Vespers celebrated with the College Community.

The archbishop’s homily focused on St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 3, verses 16-21. He reminded us that St Paul wrote these words while he was in prison, and that the people of the Caribbean, the region that selected the theme and composed the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018, are a diverse set of peoples marked by forms of enslavement and imprisonment similar to St Paul. That is why they identified with the Gospel of Christ, even though it arrived to the Caribbean with European colonialists. The Gospel was welcomed by the people of the Caribbean because in the Gospel they found freedom of heart and reason to pursue freedom from that which enslaves.

The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanizing project of colonial exploitation. In the aggressive pursuit of mercantile gains, the colonisers codified brutal systems which traded human beings, and their forced labour. … Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one. It is a song of triumph over oppression.

(c.f. The Vatican Website, Resources for The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2018)

Ministry of Lector 2018

Posted on 20. Jan, 2018 by in Banner, Carousel

From L to R: Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector; Fr John Coughlan, Director of Formation; Rev. Robert Smyth, deacon; Most Rev. Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore; Fr Paul Gitter, SJV Director of Formation; Fr Tom Norris, Spiritual Director; Fr Paul Finnerty, Vice-Rector

At Eucharist celebrated on Wednesday 17th January 2018 by Most Rev. Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford & Lismore, Mr Joseph Keegan, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Dublin, was conferred with the Ministry of Lector.

In his homily, Bishop Cullinan reminded us that the Word of God is a precious gift carried by those called to the Ministry of the Word. This gift of the Word has the capacity to enter into people’s lives through the ministry of the lector, which is not only a step towards the ordained ministry of deacon and priest, but is a distinct ministry in itself.

The seminary community congratulates Joe on this significant moment of his vocational journey.

Visit of Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong

Posted on 19. Jan, 2018 by in Banner, Carousel, Uncategorized

Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong with Fr Paul Gitter and the seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary

On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong, the Secretary for Seminaries at the Congregation for the Clergy, visited the Irish College.

He visited a group of seminarians from the St John Vianney College Seminary, Minnesota, USA, who were concluding their “Semester in Rome” programme. This group spent the Autumn semester here at the Pontifical Irish College from September 2017 to January 2018. Their formation itinerary during their time in Rome included opportunities to make pilgrimages to the burial places of Ss Peter & Paul, cultural trips within the city, as well as throughout Italy and Europe, and including modules in philosophy, art & architecture, and the Italian language at some of the Universities here in Rome. We hope that they were enriched by their time here as much as the seminary community was encouraged and energised by their presence with us over the past few months. At the end of January a new group of “SJV men” will arrive to commence the semester here.

“Men in Christ. Men of the Church. Men for Others.”

Included in the picture is Fr Paul Gitter, who is the Director of Formation for the St John Vianney men at the Irish College.

More photos are available on the Irish College flickr stream.


Posted on 12. Dec, 2017 by in Carousel



As a result of one of the “Pinus pinea” trees falling down in the garden of the “Pontificio Collegio Irlandese,” it was necessary to test all of the remaining trees to verify if they are safe. The result of this test showed that there is a structural defect in the remaining trees due to old age. Further to this, all of the trees will be removed and replaced. This process begins on the 14th December 2017.

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A seguito della caduta di un pino “Pinus pinea” nel giardino del “Pontificio Collegio Irlandese,” si è ritenuto necessario far analizzare tutti gli alberi del Collegio. Il risultato di tale verifica ha evidenziato dei difetti strutturali dei pini “Pinus pinea”, dovuti soprattutto all’età avanzata degli esemplari. I lavori di abbatimento inizieranno il giorno 14 Dicembre 2017.

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Advent Liturgy of Readings with Carols

Posted on 11. Dec, 2017 by in Carousel

The annual Advent liturgy of readings with Carols took place on Sunday 10th December at 5pm. There were many who joined us from around the city for this joyous occasion in preparation for the Nativity.

You can find more photos here.


Feast of San Clemente 2017

Posted on 11. Dec, 2017 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

Irish College Seminarians who served at the Eucharist celebrated for the Feast of San Clemente, 2017.


Fr Ragheed Ganni Memorial Cup

Posted on 24. Nov, 2017 by in Carousel

The image of Fr Ragheed Ganni in the Apse of the College Chapel of All the Saints of Ireland

On Saturday 11th November, the Irish College hosted the annual Fr Ragheed Ganni Memorial Cup. We welcomed teams from the Pontifical North American College, the Pontifical Beda College, The Venerable English College, The Pontifical Scots College, and the Marist College. The first match kicked off at 1pm, and eventually the Irish College emerged victorious! After the presentation, gratitude was expressed by our Rector to all of the teams who had participated. We enjoyed a meal together and finished the afternoon by gathering for Solemn Vespers. Thank you to all who made this occasion a celebration!

For more photos of the occasion, please check out the College flickr account.


Dublin Ordinations

Posted on 14. Nov, 2017 by in Carousel

“The Church can never be the closed community of the like-minded. It can never be simply a comfort zone. The Church must be a dynamic community that can live in any specific culture, but is always marked by a Gospel freedom that allows us as believers to discern values that endure, even if they are not fashionable or popular.”

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Homily for the Dublin Diocesan Ordinations on the Feast of St Laurence O’Toole


On the 14th November, Feast of St Laurence O’Toole, the Archbishop of Dublin ordained Rev. Bill O’Shaughnessy and Rev. James Daly to the priesthood at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. Fr Bill and Fr James completed their initial formation for the priesthood here at the Pontifical Irish College. It gives us great joy to see them begin a new stage of their lives as persons, as disciples, and as priests of Jesus Christ.

Fr Bill O’Shaughnessy, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Fr James Daly

Fr James Daly, Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector, Fr Bill O’Shaughnessy

Solemnity of All Saints

Posted on 01. Nov, 2017 by in Carousel

Members of the College Community in the Campo Verano Cemetery at the Irish College Plot

As is customary on the public holiday and Solemnity of All the Saints, the College Community gathered in the Cimitero Verano to remember and pray for the dead. In a particular way, we remembered those students and staff of the College who died here in Rome and whose remains are interred in the Irish College plot.

Visitation of Bishops

Posted on 01. Nov, 2017 by in Carousel

Bishop John Fleming, Killala, and Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Waterford & Lismore, with members of the Irish College community.

Bishop John Fleming and Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan visited the Irish College, on behalf of the Irish Bishop’s Conference, from 23rd to 25th October 2017. They met with all members of the College Community; seminarians, post-graduate priests, and formation staff.