The Rome Conference—16–22 June 2012

The Conference Schedule

  • Please click on the following link to view the Conference Schedule. While some of the details of the schedule might change, the general structure is set.
  • Information about our keynote speakers—US Ambassador to the Holy See, Dr. Miguel Humberto Diaz and Renato Raffele Cardinal Martino—is forthcoming. Check back soon!

The Conference Venue

  • The Pontifical Gregorian University
  • The final conference of the DCCIRP will be held at the Pontifical Gregorian University (the 'Greg') in Rome, Italy. The Greg is the pontifical ecclesial university entrusted to the Society of Jesus by the Holy See. The Greg is located in the Piazza della Pilotta, down the street from the Hotel Pace Helvezia and close to the Trevi Fountain.

Information for Conference Scholars and Participants

  • Participant Accomodations in Rome:
    • The Hotel Pace Helvezia
    • All non-clerical participants in the DCCIRP's Rome Conference will be housed, for the duration of the Conference, at the Hotel Pace Helvezia.
    • (Please Note: The reservation that has been made for each of you at the Hotel Pace Helvezia for the duration of the Conference cannot be changed. If you wish to 'add on' to your reservation (e.g. an early arrival, or staying beyond the Conference), please contact the Hotel Pace Helvezia directly.)
    • Residenza S. Pietro Canisio
    • All clerical participants in the DCCIRP's Rome Conference will be housed, for the duration of the Conference, at the Residenza S. Pietro Canisio
  • Points of Interest in and Around Rome:
    • St. Peter's Basilica and Square
      This website gives an overview to St. Peter's Basilica and Square in Vatican City. The website provides a great deal of information on the Basilica and Square, including history, virtual tours, images, and important tourist/visitor information (with links to the appropriate official Vatican websites!).
    • Castel Sant'Angelo
      This website (in Italian!) gives a good overview of the history and importance of Castel Sant'Angelo for the Roman Empire, as well as the Roman Catholic Papacy. Translations of the website are available via your internet browsing programs (i.e. Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc).
    • The Colosseum and Roman Forum
      These websites provide some historical and generally informational background on the Colosseum and Roman Forum. These are two of Rome's most popular tourist sites and are well worth the trip!
    • St. Ignatius Church
      This link will take you to the Wikipedia page for St. Ignatius Church in Rome. The pages provides a good overview of the church and offers a number of resources and external links at the bottom for further reading.
    • John Felice Rome Center—LUC
      This link will take you to Loyola's John Felice Rome Center, where DCCIRP participants will be attending a reception and dinner after the first day of the Conference.
    • Castel Gandolfo (Photos) and Specola Vaticana
      These links will provide you with some background on both the Castel Gandolfo and the Specola Vaticana, which the DCCIRP participants will be touring on the Thursday after the Conference.
    • Galleria Borghese
      This link will take you to the english webpage for the Galleria Borghese. This gallery is the former residence of Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577–1633) and much of the original collection was procured by him. The collection includes pieces by Bernini, Caravaggio and Raphael to name a few. The Galleria Bhorgese is well worth a visit - but entrance is ticketed and they do sell out, so make reservations early!
  • Helpful Information for Visitors to Rome:
    • GoItaly—Rome (Website)
      This is a very informative website for things to see and do while in Rome. Some of the sights highlighted on this website—the Colosseum, Forum and Vatican for example—are sights we will see as a group, but there are many other sights—the Villa Borghese, Vatican Museums, and the Pantheon to name a few—to see in Rome and a good deal of time to see them, so be sure to check them out!
    • Italian Tourism Official Website
      This website is run by the Ministry for Regional Affairs, Tourism, and Sport and covers all of Italy. This is a very good resource for general information and for getting an idea of the things to do in and around Rome.
    • Traveler's Needs and Survival Guide from Eyewitness Travel
      These two PDFs are taken from the 2003 Eyewitness Travel Guide to Rome. This information may be helpful for answering questions about cuisine, transportation to and in the city, and general 'practical' information a visitor to Rome should know.