UD Rome's Office of Religious Life offers a range of activities and services aimed at nurturing the faith and spiritual well-being of its students. These include:
Daily Mass and Confession
Mass is held several days each week on campus, typically in the evenings. Prior to Mass, the Sacrament of Penance is available to students as well.
Chaplain's Office Hours
Rome chaplains have regular office hours set aside for spiritual counseling and direction. Students may also meet with the chaplain either prior to Mass (on Mass days) or by special appointment.
Missionaries of Charity Soup Kitchen Visits
Once per week UD students lend a hand at the Casa Dono di Maria, a soup kitchen and hostel located near the Vatican and run by the Missionaries of Charity. As many as 100 people per day are fed, clothed and sheltered by the sisters and their volunteers.
Dead Theologians' Society
This is a series of regular gatherings between students and the UD Rome Chaplain and his guests for the purpose of discussing important theological issues of the day. Attendance is voluntary and the meetings are highly informal. Recent topics under discussion have included the praying of Sacred Scripture according to the lectio divina and the writings of the Holy Fathers on the Sacred Liturgy. Gatherings are held in the Villa Salone, a reception room with comfortable couches and a welcoming atmosphere.
Scavi Tours of St. Peter's Tomb
Each semester the Rome Chaplain typically organizes a visit to the excavations or scavi below the present St. Peter's Basilica. A highlight of this tour is the visit to ancient Necropolis of the Vatican, where St. Peter's tomb lies. All Scavi Tours are voluntary, subject to scheduling limitations, and paid for by students themselves.