Exclusive Rome Pilgrimage


Join us for a private and exclusive pilgrimage to Rome. Featuring a small tour group led by College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell, it promises to be a deeply personal experience. Check out the itinerary below and contact Olivia Ruhl (oruhl@christendom.edu or 540.636.2900 ext 1211) for registration and other information.



  • Saturday, March 2: After our arrival in Rome, we will have Mass at and a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, exploring the history, architecture, and spiritual riches of the greatest church in all of Christendom. That night we will dine at Hotel Columbus, the historical seat of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

  • Sunday, March 3: We will begin with Mass at St. Peter’s basilica at the Altar of the Chair and afterwards join the pilgrims in St. Peter’s square for the Angelus with Popel Benedict VXI. That afternoon we will visit the relics of Sr. Faustina in la Chiesa di Spirito Santo. That night we will have a special reception in the courtyard of Hotel Columbus to greet Cardinal Burke, followed by a private dinner with him at the hotel.

  • Monday, March 4: We will take tour of the Scavi, which will take us underneath St. Peter’s Basilica for a glimpse of the first-century street and the actual tomb of St. Peter. This will be followed by a visit to the Vatican Secretary of State to learn of the great work being done in support of the mission of the Holy Father. That evening after hours, we will have a private tour of the Vatican Museum with renowned art historian Liz Lev, who is part of our faculty in the Christendom College Rome program. Afterwards we will dine at Les Etoiles atop the Atlante Garden Hotel with a breathtaking view of St. Peter’s.

  • Tuesday, March 5: This will be a classical day focusing on the historical roots of Western Civilization, walking in the footsteps of Peter. This excursion will include visits to the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. That evening, the theologian of the papal household, Rev. Wojciech Giertych will give a special lecture, celebrating the college’s 35th anniversary of its founding and the 10th anniversary of the college’s Rome program. This will be held on our Rome program campus just outside St. Peter’s Square. We will have a chance to visit with students and friends of the college, and afterwards we will enjoy a private reception and dinner with Father Giertych at Residenza Paolo VI, which is an official part of Vatican territory. The supper will be prepared by one of the Vatican’s top chefs.

  • Wednesday, March 6: We will attend the papal audience with his Holiness Pope Benedict the XVI. That afternoon we will visit the Holy Office to learn of the great work of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. We will travel into Vatican City to Domus Santa Marta, for a private dinner with Cardinal Arinze.

  • Thursday, March 7: We will travel outside the city to the ancient catacombs and even have the opportunity to join in spirit with the ancient Christians by celebrating Mass in the catacombs. We will visit San Callisto and St. Sebastian and then dine out on the ancient Appian Way. Later that afternoon we will tour the Basilica of Our Savior, also known as the Cathedral of St. John Lateran, traditionally known as the Pope’s Cathedral, followed by a visit to Santa Croce, which houses the relics of our Lord’s Passion.

  • Friday, March 8: We will receive a private tour of Vatican Radio. That afternoon we will have a leisurely walk through the heart of ancient Rome, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and more.

  • Saturday, March 9: The feast of Francis of Rome, we will visit sites associated with this great Roman Saint and will have a light last day, giving everyone a chance for last bits of shopping, etc. That evening we will have a farewell dinner at Hotel Columbus.

  • Sunday, March 10: After a week filled with memories, we will fly back home to the United States.