As my time with you draws to a close I thought I would give you a little more information about what I will be doing, and where. I will be going to Rome to study for a Doctorate in Canon Law. I will be living at the residence for American priests there – the Casa Santa Maria (I’ve included a few pictures). The “Casa” as it is called, was given to the American Bishops for a Seminary just before the Civil War, in 1859. It is part of the Pontifical North American College in Rome and serves English speaking priests [including Australians, Canadians, etc.] who are sent from their Dioceses for graduate level studies in Rome. Presently there are 72 priests from 42 American dioceses and from several other English speaking countries.
The Casa is a quick walk to both the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities – which I will be attending. It is in the heart of the Centro Storico, the “Historic Center” of Rome, right near the Trevi Fountain, in a 16th century Convento – with an inner cloister and two gardens.
Meals are served in the Refectory, and Sundays there is a concelebrated Mass followed by a Sunday dinner in honor of the Lord’s Day. There are four chapels in the Casa, and a Spiritual Director who is regularly available for confession and spiritual direction. There is daily Vespers [evening prayer] in common, preceded by Eucharistic Adoration. Of course I’ll have lots of opportunity for spiritual growth as I will be living in Rome, which is chock-ablock with spiritual treasures.
The Bishop has assigned me to studies for 2 years, after which I will return to the Diocese and take on new responsibilities in the diocese.
I would love to hear from you while I am in Rome. You can reach me on email at: FrQuinlan@diobpt.org
I’d love to get an actual letter from time to time. My address at the Casa is:
Fr. Liam Quinlan
via dell’Umiltà, 30
00187 Rome ITALY
The Casa warns us about difficulties with the mail service in Rome, however. So please be sure not to include anything in a letter which might be an occasion of temptation.
Please send your thoughts, observations, and prayers though!