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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


  THANK YOU to everyone who joined us June 10–14, 2018!   


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.

 Schedule for the 2018 ACCU Rome Seminar



Consider joining ACCU and Lay Centre staff for an optional one-day tour of breathtaking Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Holy Father. Join us for a conversation on faith and reason with a member of the Roman Curia, followed by a tour of Castel Gandolfo and lunch at an area restaurant overlooking Lake Albano. 


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



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Seminar Readings

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