Ministry Rome Program

Embark on a journey of a lifetime. 

Engage in stimulating and enlightening conversation, enhance your worldview, create lasting friendships and truly deepen your faith. Study in Rome this summer at the University of Dallas Eugene Constantin Campus, nicknamed "Due Santi," located in the Alban Hills overlooking the Eternal City. Class lectures are combined with visits to the city to provide an awe-inspiring spiritual and intellectual experience. Evenings and weekends are free for your own exploration around Italy or enjoyment of campus amenities. 

Experience an intellectual pilgrimage like no other with our vibrant, faith-filled community. 

“The spiritual, intellectual and social connections I made through the UD Neuhoff School of Ministry Rome Program will last a lifetime. My experiences nourish my faith and my ministry to this day.”

- Ryan Campbell, Rome ‘07

Reflecting the experience gained through over 40 years of its famous Undergraduate Rome Program, the University of Dallas also provides extraordinary study tours for adults. Currently the only Catholic graduate program in ministry that has a Rome program fully integrated into its degree plan, the intellectual pilgrimage offers participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and deepen their faith. Courses are offered for credit or not-for credit; the trip is open to adults both in and outside of the graduate program. Uniquely integrating guided tours of historic Roman sites with theology courses, participants join in fellowship and have the opportunity for prayer and sacramental life. Don't hesitate to contact us to request further information. 


Trip Dates: Thursday, May 23rd - Sunday, June 2nd, 2019


Theological Reflection (3 credit) - LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Forming a basis of spirituality for ministers, theological reflection is
a discipline designed to recognize God’s activity within the context
of ministry. Systematic reflection on students’ spiritual journeys and
experiences enter into dialogue with Scripture, church history, church
teaching, current pastoral needs and the lived faith experience of the
people of God. The sites of Christian Rome serve as an inspiration for
personal reflections, while the history of Rome reveals how theological
reflection has shaped the doctrine and practice of the church.

Theology and History of the Modern Papacy (3 credit)

This course provides a study of the theology of the papacy with particular attention to contributions made during the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will analyze and discuss the leadership of the successor of Peter as exemplified in recent pontiffs such as St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II. Drawing upon the surroundings in the city of Rome, the course will study the pastoral leadership of the Pope as Shepard of the Universal church.  

Saints: Their Lives and Iconography (Non-Credit)

A study of the development of Catholic devotion to the saints and Mary, from the time of St. Peter up to the present day. Students will explore the the lives of the saints, liturgical and extra-liturgical practices of devotion to the saints, and the iconography of the saints in the rich environs of Rome. The course is concluded with an examination of the current process of canonization, post-Vatican II visions of the sanctity of the laity, and recent saints added to Catholic canon.


In addition to the courses offered, guided tours of Rome will by given by Neuhoff School of Ministry faculty. Site visits will include the four papal basilicas (St. Peter's Basilica, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. John Latern), the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Mass in St. Peter's and the Papal Angelus. We will also visit the Vatican Museums, which contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes throughout the centuries. The end of the Vatican Museum opens into the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel. 


Daniel J. Luby, S.T.D.

Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology

Dan Luby earned a licentiate and a doctorate in spiritual theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in theology from the University of Dallas.


Theodore J. Whapham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology & Neuhoff School of Ministry Dean

Ted Whapham is a theologian specializing in Christology and Trinitarian theology. He's also passionate about forming ministers who are able to share the ancient tradition of the Catholic faith with the 21st century. Ted earned his doctorate from The Catholic University of America.


John Norris, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Theology, Associate Provost, Senior Academic Officer

John Norris received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. His research interests include St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and church history.     

Rome Program Cost: Base Rate + Tuition

“Our Rome pilgrimage let us learn, relax, sightsee and pray in one memorable trip. The classroom experience was stimulating and enlightening. The UD campus in Due Santi was beautiful, peaceful and comfortable. Insights of knowledgeable UD faculty enhanced our sightseeing trips into Rome.”
- Mike Mocek, Rome ‘13
The base rate of the trip is $1,995 and includes housing on campus in a double occupancy dorm room, meals, transportation, tours, museum fees and tips. Airfare is not included.
Participants may select to audit a course or take a course for credit. Regular tuition rates apply, in addition to the base rate of the trip.
  • Standard, for-credit rate: $650/credit hour 

Program Deposit:

$500 deposit due Feb. 15, 2019. All program fees become non-refundable after March 15, 2019.

Please be sure to review the University's statement on accessibility and physical health prior to submitting your application. 

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