A New Home for U.S. Catholics in Rome
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August 3, 2017

Since the early 1920s, Paulist Fathers have been blessed to provide pastoral care for Catholics from the United States living in (and visiting) Rome, Italy.

After some 90 years in residence at Rome’s Church of Santa Susanna, this vibrant community of faith will now call a new church building home.

August 1 was the official start of the community’s residency at St. Patrick’s Church / San Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi:

St. Patrick's / San Patrizio in Rome
St. Patrick’s / San Patrizio in Rome
A mosaic on the front of St. Patrick's / San Patrizio in Rome
A mosaic on the front of St. Patrick’s / San Patrizio in Rome

 

St. Patrick’s American Catholic Community is officially a “Mission for the Care of Souls for U.S. Faithful residing in Rome.”  Paulist Fr. Greg Apparcel is the designated chaplain for the mission and rector of St. Patrick’s / San Patrizio.

It will take a while to get settled, but it has been a long journey up to this point and now we enter together a new beginning. Come join us!,” Fr. Greg wrote in a Facebook post, adding, “Tanti auguri!! Ad moltos annos!!”

St. Patrick’s / San Patrizio is at Via Boncompagni, N. 31, near the corner of Via Boncompagni and Via Piemonte.  It is close to the U.S. Embassy and the famous Via Veneto.

A close metro stop to the church is Barberini. (Here’s a handy .pdf with transit tips.)

If life takes you to the Eternal City, the Sunday Mass schedule at St. Patrick’s / San Patrizio includes a Saturday vigil Mass at 6 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 

Daily Masses are said there Monday to Friday at 6 p.m.

During the academic year, Paulist Fathers also say an English-language Mass on Sundays at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Marymount International School in North Rome.

For details on the community’s special events (like the St. Nicholas Serata for Charity), walking tours and much more, the community’s website and Facebook page are great resources.

(Related: A  video of Paulist Fr. John Foley, rector emeritus, describing this special ministry.)

 

Paulist Fr. Greg Apparcel welcoming all at the doors of St. Patrick's Church / San Patrizio, the new faith home for Catholics from the United States in Rome
Paulist Fr. Greg Apparcel welcoming all at the doors of St. Patrick’s Church / San Patrizio, the new faith home for Catholics from the United States in Rome
During a Mass at St. Patrick's / San Patrizio in Rome
During a Mass at St. Patrick’s / San Patrizio in Rome