CNS Report: “American Community Finds a New Home in Rome”
Interior of St. Patrick's Church in Rome. After leaving the Church of Santa Susanna, which American Catholics had called its parish since 1922, the community will now call St. Patrick's home. (CNS photo/Junno Arocho Esteves) See AMERICANS-ROME-PARISH Aug. 7, 2017.

August 7, 2017

Junno Arocho Esteves of Catholic News Service today reported on the new church building for our ministry in Rome, Italy, for Catholics from the United States who live in the Eternal City:

ROME (CNS) — After years in exile from the church they had called home for the past 95 years, the American Catholic community in Rome moved to a new church they can finally call their own.

Located just a few steps away from the U.S. Embassy to Italy, St. Patrick’s Church is the new official “mission for the care of souls for U.S. faithful residing in Rome,” said Paulist Father Greg Apparcel, rector of St. Patrick’s.

U.S. Catholics in Rome, guided by the Paulist Fathers, had called the Church of Santa Susanna their parish since 1922. But the cloistered Cistercian nuns, who have had a presence at the historic parish since 1587, found the American presence distracting and made various attempts over the years to evict them. …

The full report has more details and reflections from Fr. Greg.

Related: “A New Home for U.S. Catholics in Rome