Saturday, 30th May 2020

ADVISORY: Contacting the College

Posted on 13. Mar, 2020 by in Banner, Carousel

From today, Friday 13th March 2020, until further notice, the office at the College will be closed.

If you wish to contact the College, please do so by email to and we will endeavour to respond as soon as possible. 




New Rector and Vice-Rector

Posted on 13. Mar, 2020 by in Banner, Carousel

At the conclusion of the Spring meeting of the Irish Episcopal Conference on 12th March 2020, it was announced that a new Rector and Vice-Rector will be appointed to the Irish College. 

“Bishops expressed their deep gratitude to Monsignor Ciarán O’Carroll of the Archdiocese of Dublin for his generous ministry as Rector of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, which comes to an end after nine years of service. Bishops announced that Father Paul Finnerty of the Diocese of Limerick, currently Vice-Rector, will become Acting-Rector of the College. The current director of formation, Father John Coughlan of the Diocese of Elphin, will become vice-rector.”

ADVISORY: Sunday Mass at the Irish College

Posted on 07. Mar, 2020 by in Banner, Carousel

© Pharexia / / CC-BY-SA-4.0

The spiritual journey of Lent 2020 has taken on a new form due to the international health emergency linked to covid-19. The Church of Rome responds with faith, proposing the traditional means of spiritual struggle: prayer, fasting, charity. These guidelines want to give concrete form to the way of living these ordinary instruments of the Lenten journey in the current context…
Monsignor Pierangelo Pedretti, prelate secretary of the Vicariate of the Diocese of Rome, 5 March 2020

As all are aware, the emergence of the coronavirus has resulted in various measures designed to mitigate the outbreak in the population generally.

As a result, the College has decided that there will not be a celebration of Sunday Eucharist which is open to the public. This is an interim measure, taking account both of civil legislation here in Italy as well as ecclesiastical norms issued by the Diocese of Rome.



For more information please click on the links below:

Advent Carol Service 2019

Posted on 25. Nov, 2019 by in Carousel

The Pontifical Irish College annual “Advent Service & Carols” will take place on Friday 6th December at 6pm in the College Chapel, followed by refreshments.


All are welcome! 

Heywood Community School Choir in Concert, 21st September 2019

Posted on 09. Aug, 2019 by in Carousel

Sacred Music Choir and Traditional Irish Music Group

The Heywood Community School Sacred Music Choir and Traditional Irish Music Group, under the direction of Julianne Woods, will be in Concert on Saturday evening, 21st September 2019, at 6pm.

All are welcome to attend this very special event! 


Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

Time: 6pm

Venue: Pontifical Irish College

Lenten Charity 2019

Posted on 09. Jun, 2019 by in Carousel

On Sunday 9th June, the feast of Pentecost, our Rector, Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll announced the proceeds of our Lenten Charity Collection. The College chose two charities this year: Trócaire, which is the Irish Bishops’ Conference development organisation, and ACERO (Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation).

The total amount raised was €2,650 which will be equally divided between the chosen charities.

This was achieved in a number of ways: contributions from all residents of the College, from the Sunday congregation, through raffles at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and through our “Fasting Friday” initiative throughout Lent. We are grateful to everyone who supported these worthy causes! 

For more information about ACERO please click here

For more information about Trócaire please click here

Sant’Egidio Community Lunch with Guests 2019

Posted on 02. May, 2019 by in Carousel

Fr Roberto Cherubini presides at Mass in the College Chapel of All the Saints of Ireland, 1st May 2019 – Images courtesy of Tino Veneziano

On the 1st of May, Memorial of St Joseph the Worker, and the festa del lavoro here in Italy, the Irish College community hosted approximately four hundred guests as well as volunteers for Mass followed by lunch. Fr Roberto Cherubini, a member of the Comunità di Sant’Egidio, and a friend of the Irish College over many years, was the chief celebrant of the Mass. 

For more information about the Comunità di Sant’Egidio click here

This time of prayer and shared meal has become a well-established annual occasion on the Irish College Calendar. It is an opportunity for us, seminarians and priests, to minister alongside the members of the Comunità di Sant’Egidio here in Rome.

Entertainment for the Guests after Lunch – Images courtesy of Tino Veneziano

All of the Irish seminarians at the College complete at least one pastoral placement with the Comunità during their time of formation in the city. 

For more images from the day please click here. 

Holy Week and Easter 2019

Posted on 14. Apr, 2019 by in Carousel


Basilica di San Silvestro in Capite LPLT [CC BY-SA 4.0 (]

The Paschal Triduum at San Silvestro

The College community will be joining the Pallottine Fathers and their community at the Basilica di San Silvestro in Capite (click on this link for a map) to celebrate the Easter Triduum.

Please scroll down for the full details of the times of liturgies. 


Easter Sunday at the Irish College

On Easter Sunday, the Mass of the Easter Day of the Lord’s Resurrection will be celebrated in the College Chapel at 10am. 






Times of Liturgies

The following are the times for the liturgies for Holy Week and Easter 2019. All are welcome.

Holy Thursday, 18th April: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 17.00 (San Silvestro in Capite)

Good Friday, 19th April: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 17.00 (San Silvestro in Capite)

Holy Saturday, 20th April: The Easter Vigil at 20.00 (San Silvestro in Capite)

Easter Sunday, 21st April: Mass at 10.00 (Irish College Chapel)

St Patrick’s Day 2019

Posted on 03. Mar, 2019 by in Carousel

The annual St Patrick’s Day Mass for the Irish in Rome, and all those devoted to St Patrick, will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Church, Via Boncompagni, 31, on Sunday, 17th March 2019 at 10.30am. To view the location of St Patrick’s Church on the map, click here.

Please note: there will not be Mass at the Irish College that day.

On Saturday 16th March, the College community welcome you to join them for a Concerto Cristologico in honour of St Patrick to be led by the Circolo di San Pietro. To conclude the evening’s celebrations in honour of our patron saint, refreshments will be served. You are invited to gather at the College from 5:30pm. The Concerto Cristologico will commence at 6pm.

Please send an email to if you intend to join us on the evening.

Christmas Arrangements at the College

Posted on 20. Dec, 2018 by in Carousel


Sunday, 16th December 2018: Mass as usual at 10.00am

Sunday, 23rd December 2018: No public Mass at the College

Christmas Day, 25th December 2018: No public Mass at the College

Sunday, 30th December 2018: No public Mass at the College

Epiphany, Sunday 6th January 2019: No public Mass at the College

The Baptism of the Lord, Sunday 13th January 2019: Mass as usual at 10.00am


The community of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, wish all the members of the Sunday Mass congregation, and all friends of the College, a blessed and happy Christmas.