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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.


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.

Safeguarding Children

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 by in Carousel

Caring for Children

The Safeguarding Children Policy of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome

Posted on 19th October 2017

Please Click on the Image to View the Policy

Video on the life of Fr Ragheed Ganni

Posted on 19. Jun, 2017 by in Carousel

A tenth anniversary Mass for the late Fr Ragheed Ganni was celebrated at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, on Sunday, 11th June 2017 at 10.00. The celebrant was Mons. Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector, and the homily was preached by Fr Rebwar Audish Basa, a friend of Fr Ragheed and author of a new book on Fr Ragheed’s life.

Ragheed Ganni came to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome in 1996 as a seminarian and was ordained priest in 2001. He stayed on in this college as a postgraduate priest until 2003 when he returned to Iraq. In Iraq, he exercised his priestly ministry with great courage. He was well aware of the risks to his safety, but he was committed to shepherd the flock of Christ entrusted to him. On Trinity Sunday, 3rd June 2007, the day the Irish were celebrating the canonisation of St Charles of Mount Argus, Fr Ragheed celebrated Sunday Mass in the Holy Spirit Church in Mosul where he was the Parish Priest. After Mass, Fr Ragheed and three subdeacons got into their car, but gunmen surrounded the car, and asked Fr Ragheed why he hadn’t closed the Church. He replied, ‘How can I close the house of God?’ The gunmen demanded that the four of them convert to Islam, and when they refused, they were shot down and killed.

Sunday Mass at the Irish College

Posted on 04. Jun, 2017 by in Carousel

Sunday Mass in the Chapel of All Saints of Ireland, Pontifical Irish College, Rome.

Sunday Mass in the Chapel of All Saints of Ireland, Pontifical Irish College, Rome.

The weekly 10am Sunday Mass at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome is open to the public. Pilgrims to Rome are very welcome to join the College community and those who come regularly to the College for Mass as we offer thanks and praise to God in the celebration of the Eucharist. Afterwards, all those in attendance are invited to partake of refreshments and fraternity on the loggia.

Chatting over refreshments on the loggia after Mass.

Chatting over refreshments on the loggia after Mass.

To see the location of the Irish College on the map of Rome, click here.

Presentation to Mary’s Meals, Lenten charity 2017

Posted on 23. May, 2017 by in Carousel

After Mass on Sunday, 21st May 2017, the proceeds of the Pontifical Irish College Lenten charity appeal, €4,280, were presented to Mary’s Meals, the charity chosen by the seminarians for Lent this year.
The photo shows Mons. Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector, making the presentation to Mr Francesco Stefanini of Mary’s Meals, along with the seminary charity officers and Fr Paul Finnerty, Vice Rector and Fr Hugh Clifford, Director of Formation.

Thank you to all who contributed to the collection during Lent.

The Pontifical Irish College, Rome seminarians chose Mary’s Meals as this year’s College Lenten charity. Mary’s Meals provides meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school. They also work on the solution to getting them fed in the long term.

The founder of Mary’s Meals, Mr Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow met a lady called Emma while he was involved in Scottish International Relief (SIR), providing famine relief in Malawi. She was dying of AIDS and lay on the floor of her hut surrounded by her six young children. Emma said all that was left for her was to pray that someone might care for them after her death. Magnus asked her eldest, Edward, what he hoped for in life. He replied simply: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.” Edward’s words helped inspire the founding of Mary’s Meals, which aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day.

Mary’s Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow serving meals to school children in Haiti.

With school feeding having become the sole focus of its work, SIR officially changed its registered charity name to Mary’s Meals. The number of children receiving Mary’s Meals continues to grow and it is moving closer to feeding one million children every school day. Its simple but effective approach has gathered momentum and today we serve children across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. Mary’s Meals also supports a home for young people with HIV who were abandoned as children in Romania.

To see the Mary’s Meals website, click here.

A Time for Priests 2017

Posted on 19. May, 2017 by in Uncategorized

“The Gospel of the Family. Joy for the World”

18th – 23rd September 2017

Pontifical Irish College, Rome

Photograph from Time for Priests 2016

Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. This major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives; the fundamental building block of society and the Church. In preparation for this meeting, the Pontifical Irish College invites priests to come to Rome from 11th – 15th September 2017 in order to reflect on the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World”. The five days in Rome will include a series of talks and liturgies on the theme of the World Meeting along with guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas, a day of spiritual recollection and reflection, a pilgrimage to an Italian shrine, along with an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis.

Speakers and presenters include: Bishop Denis Nulty, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Ms Deirdre O’Rawe, Fr Tim Bartlett, Ms. Anne Griffin.

The cost of the time is €700. Places are limited. A deposit of €300 is required to secure a place. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of participants. Transfers to the College from the airport are included in the price. Rooms are en-suite. Meals on a half board basis are included, with an opening and closing dinner. Those who wish to arrive early or remain following the conclusion of the time are welcome to do so, subject to the availability of rooms.

If you wish to reserve a place, please telephone the Pontifical Irish College main office number, +39 06 772 631 or email