The Rome & the Catholic Church program invites high school students to learn more about the Catholic faith and its influence on western culture against the backdrop of the Eternal City.
Rome is a privileged place, an unparalleled vantage point from which to view history, culture, art... and the thought that drives these forward. You will explore the basic tenets of the Catholic Church as well as the theological, philosophical, and spiritual movements that have originated in these beliefs, connecting these intellectual currents with the Italian and wider western features of art, history, and culture.
Rome and the Catholic Church faculty members are experienced professors and travelers who have all lived and taught in Italy. Our faculty will be assisted by an able team of undergraduate and graduate students who have experience in leading student groups on study-abroad programs.
Clergy Affiliate Assistant Professor, Theology
Fr. Oberle P.S.S., is a priest of the Society of St. Sulpice. The Society was founded in 1641 at the Church of St. Sulpice in response to the Council of Trent's request that clergy be more educated. The Society has focused on university education and seminary formation. Fr. Oberle has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and an STL from the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality in Rome. He has served at St. Patrick's Seminary in California, Assumption Seminary in San Antonio and Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas. He has taught at Catholic University of American, St. Patrick's Seminary and University, Saint Mary's University in San Antonio and for the past eight years at the University of Dallas. While all of the courses in spiritual theology are of interest to him, his most preferred class ins the one on Christian Mysticism.
Chair and Associate Professor, English
Dr. Roper is a scholar of medieval literature, regularly teaching Dante, Chaucer, the Gawain-poet, and medieval drama, texts rich in the theology and philosophy of this time, and is working on a new biography of Saint Philip Neri. He lived and taught on the Rome campus from 2003-05 and 2007-09, and returned every summer for thirteen years to direct the Shakespeare in Italy program. Now he will be working with Father Oberle to bring his experience from that program to bear on Rome and the Catholic Church.
The University of Dallas’s beautiful Eugene Constantin Rome Campus at Due Santi is located on the western slopes of the Alban Hills, about twelve miles southeast of the center of Rome, in one of the city’s most attractive suburbs. Less than two miles away, in the small town of Castel Gandolfo, is the Palazzo Papale, a majestic palace that serves as the Pope’s summer residence. Thanks to this unique location and the comfortable Due Santi campus itself, UD Rome is a perfect place for students, faculty, and staff to get to know one another and to learn together.