Living in Rome
Students live at the Bernardi Residence, a St. Thomas-owned bulding, located in the Prati section of Rome, directly across from the Borghese Gardens, it is a 20-minute walk to the Vatican and a 30-to 40-minute walk to the Angelicum.
Detailed information about the Bernardi Residence can be found on the Bernardi Campus web site.
Students receive breakfast daily, including cereal, rolls, fruit, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea. Students also have dinner at the residence 2 nights a week. Students are expected to cover all other meals out-of-pocket.
Excursions and Weekend Retreats
Included as part of the program are study tours to Bologna in the fall and Ravenna in the spring. Most of the courses will also include site visits. Each semester, there will be planned trips to Siena and Assisi in which students may elect to participate at their own cost.
Each semester a weekend retreat is planned at Casa Divin Maestro in the quiet woods on Lake Albano in the Alban Hills outside of Rome. The Casa offers respite from the activity of Rome. Students will have time for quiet prayer and reflection as well as community life and activities.
As Service is an essential part of Catholic life, all students are strongly encouraged to serve Rome's poor. You may chose to work with such communities as the Missionaries of Charity, the Little Sisters of the Poor, or the Saint Egidio Movement, providing ample opportunity for reflection on your life and vocation as a member of the larger Catholic community.