Sunday, 19th September 2021

Forty Hours Adoration

Posted on 15. Feb, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Exposition 1

The annual Forty Hours Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Chapel of the Irish College from 20.00 on Thursday 19th until 12 noon Mass on Saturday 21st February 2014. Any members of the Sunday congregation or other friends of the College are welcome to come in for a while to join the community in keeping watch with our Eucharistic Lord during the period.

‘So let us ask ourselves this evening, in adoring Christ who is really present in the Eucharist: do I let myself be transformed by him? Do I let the Lord who gives himself to me, guide me to going out ever more from my little enclosure, in order to give, to share, to love him and others?’ – Pope Francis, homily at Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, 30th May 2013.

Happy Christmas! (& Mass arrangements)

Posted on 21. Dec, 2014 by in Uncategorized

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Monsignor Ciarán, Fr George, Fr Tom, Fr Hugh and all the seminarians and postgraduates of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, wish all friends of the Irish College and visitors to this website a very happy Christmas. May the celebration of Christ’s birth fill you with wonder and joy.

Please note that there will be no public Mass at the Irish College during the Christmas period. The next public Mass at the College will be on Sunday, 11th January 2015 at 10.00.

All Saints Day 2014

Posted on 29. Oct, 2014 by in Uncategorized


Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints will be celebrated in the Chapel of All Saints of Ireland in the Irish College this Saturday, 1st November 2014 at 10.00. All welcome.

Afterwards, there will be prayers in Campo Verano cemetery for those buried in the Irish College plot there at approximately 12.00.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh anamnacha na marbh.

Thanksgiving Mass after Canonisation of two Popes

Posted on 23. Apr, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Blesseds John XXIII, John Paul II to be made saints April 27

Thanksgiving Mass for pilgrims travelling from Ireland to Rome for the Canonisation of Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II

Monday, 28th April 2014 at 16.00

Basilica di Santa Maria in Domnica alla Navicella

There will be an opportunity for pilgrims travelling from Ireland to Rome for the Canonisation of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II to give thanks to God together at a special Mass on the day after the Canonisation. Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland will be the principal celebrant of the Mass, in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Domnica, which is close to the Irish College. Pilgrims will be welcome to visit the Irish College for light refreshments after the Mass.

To view the location of the Church and its relation to the Irish College on google maps, click here.


A Time for Parishioners 8 – 12 Sept 2014

Posted on 09. Mar, 2014 by in Uncategorized

The Joy of the Gospel

 Family, Church and Pope Francis: A course for Parishioners

 8th – 12th September 2014

Pope time for Parishioners

During these days in the city of the apostles Peter and Paul, participants will be afforded an opportunity to reflect on Pope Francis’ call to live the Joy of the Gospel. The week includes a series of talks, liturgies and guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas in Rome, a day of spiritual recollection and reflection as well as a pilgrimage to the shrine of St. Francis at Assisi and an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis.

Presentations will be given by the following:

  • Msgr. Ciarán O’Carroll (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Church of St. Peter in Chains, drawing together the theme of family in the early centuries of Christian life in Rome.
  • Dr Patricia Kieran (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) will examine the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation and its implications for faith formation and the family.
  • Fr. Tom Norris (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) will lead a reflection on ‘The Art of Loving – the Secret for Church and Family’.
  • Fr. George Hayes (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) will look at the use of art and the aesthetic in nurturing one’s relationship with God.
  • Fr. Hugh Clifford (Pontifical Irish College, Rome) will offer insights into the area of family, vocation and formation.

The cost of the course is €750.  Places are limited. A deposit of €300 is required to secure a place. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of participants but airport transfers to the College are included in the price.  Rooms are en-suite with meals half board.  Those who wish to arrive early or remain following the conclusion of the course are welcome to do so subject to the availability of rooms.

If you wish to reserve a place, please telephone the Irish College on the main office number at 00 39 06 772 631 or email 

Pontifical Irish College, Via Dei S.S. Quattro, 1, 00184 Rome

Happy Christmas!

Posted on 16. Dec, 2013 by in Uncategorized


The community of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, wishes all visitors to this website a very happy and holy Christmas. Buon Natale! Nollaig shona!


Mass for Anniversary of Fr Ragheed Ganni

Posted on 27. May, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Fr Ragheed Ganni

Mass will be celebrated on Sunday June 2nd for the anniversary of the death of Fr Ragheed Ganni, past student of the College, martyred for the faith in Iraq in 2007. The celebrant of the Mass will be Fr Efrem Luay Dinkha.


Ordination of Deacons – Easter Tuesday 2013

Posted on 31. Mar, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Santi Giovanni e Paolo 1


On Easter Tuesday, 2nd April 2013, Most Reverend Dr Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, will ordain four seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, to the Diaconate. The Mass of Ordination will take place at 10.30am in Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Those to be ordained Deacons are: Liam Boyle (Diocese of Raphoe), Brian Fitzpatrick (Diocese of Dromore), Dominic McGrattan (Diocese of Down and Connor), and Patrick O’Donoghue (Diocese of Cloyne).

‘Deacons are ministers ordained for tasks of the Church; they do not receive the ministerial priesthood, but ordination confers on them important functions in the ministry of the word, divine worship, pastoral governance and the service of charity, tasks which they must carry out under the pastoral activity of their bishop.’ – Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1596


Irish College seminarians serving with Pope Francis, Good Friday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2013 by in Uncategorized

Good Friday

The seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome will be serving at the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord with Pope Francis in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Good Friday 2013 at 17.00 (16.00 Irish time).

To watch the ceremony, see




Holy Week 2013 at the Irish College

Posted on 22. Mar, 2013 by in Uncategorized


The liturgies of Holy Week and Easter at the Irish College are open to the public. All welcome. Please note that the Good Friday Celebration of the Passion of the Lord will not be celebrated at the Irish College this year because the seminarians of the College have been asked to serve at the Celebration with Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica. The Irish College community will therefore attend that ceremony at the Vatican.

The times are as follows:

Palm Sunday, 24th March 2013

Mass – 10.00

Holy Thursday, 28th March 2013

Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 18.00

Good Friday, 29th March 2013

Not being held at the Irish College due to seminarians serving at the Vatican.

Holy Saturday, 30th March 2013

Easter Vigil – 21.00

Easter Sunday, 31st March 2013

Mass – 10.00