Rome Seminar
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"I have just completed my 20th year as president and must admit that the Rome Seminar was one of the most exciting and important ventures of my presidency."

— Recent Rome Seminar attendee

Rome Seminar

A Dynamic Exchange between Catholic Higher Education and the Curia



May 29 - June 2, 2022

Registration opening soon! 


“Every session had relevance in terms of gaining understanding of the Curia and strengthening knowledge that will enable me to better serve my institution, campus community, and larger community.”

—2018 Rome Seminar participant


The Rome Seminar offers presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders at ACCU member institutions a firsthand opportunity to explore the intellectual and spiritual legacy of the Catholic Church in order to strengthen and promote the mission of Catholic higher education. Just as importantly, it also gives participants an opportunity to act as ambassadors to Rome. Conducted and coordinated by ACCU senior staff and the staff of the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas in Rome, the seminar offers a unique inside look at the Vatican and an inspiring experience of the Eternal City's spiritual treasures. Included are in-depth conversations with key representatives within the Holy See and Rome's pontifical universities.  

Participants learn about various charisms, visiting sites that hold special meaning for several orders and for the whole of Catholic higher education. The group also enjoys conversation with leaders of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, as well as the Congregation for Catholic Education. Discussions with Vatican ambassadors, journalists, and university professors rounds out what is a truly memorable experience.




"I attended this Seminar in 2016 and found it to be such a deep and rich experience. It changed the way I think of our Church in the world."

— Moya Dittmeier, Executive Director, Conference for Mercy Higher Education

Hear from those who plan the program
and those who have experienced it!

“It was important for helping me put a human face on ‘the Vatican,’ and I think the experience has planted the seeds for a deeper and richer appreciation of what we mean when we say ‘the Church.’”  

—2018 Rome Seminar participant


Review the schedule for the 2019 ACCU Rome Seminar (Tentative schedule for the 2022 program coming soon!)


For more information about the program, please contact Sandra Kerr-Porcari,


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Hotel Information

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Seminar Readings

Participants are asked to prepare for this unique experience by reading selected resources