Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

JFRC Traditions

John Felice

John Felice, 1923–2008

For more than 55 years, the John Felice Rome Center has operated as a renowned institution of higher learning.  Founded in the spirit of John Felice, the JFRC serves as a fully equipped American campus, now located on Monte Mario near the site of a former Olympic Village, just 15 minutes northwest of Vatican City and half-an-hour from Rome's historic center (Roma Centro).  The campus opened its doors in the spring of 1962 as the Loyola University Chicago Rome Center for Liberal Arts.

After serving in the British armed forces during World War II, Felice, a native of Malta, saw the devastation wrought by war as the byproduct of a profound lack of understanding among cultures. In the spirit of global healing, he created the JFRC, a first-of-its-kind study-abroad program, with a focus on fostering education and tolerance among people of various religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

The Center continues to bring together students to study in Europe from universities and colleges throughout the United States for a unique living-learning experience.


In December 2004, Loyola President Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., rededicated the center to its founder, John Felice.  Learn more about John Felice.

The Universal Apostolic Preferences guiding Loyola Chicago and all Jesuit universities:

  1. to show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment;
  2. to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated in a mission of reconciliation and justice;
  3. to accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future;
  4. to collaborate in the care of our Common Home.

JFRC Mission Statement

The John Felice Rome Center, Loyola University Chicago’s campus in Rome, is a global community of students and faculty, who work together to expand and use our gifts for the greater glory of God, the care of the planet, and the service of humankind.

JFRC Vision Statement

JFRC seeks to form learners from all faiths and from all over the world, who strive for academic excellence in the Jesuit tradition and work to create a society in which faith and justice can flourish. This transformative educational experience seeks to fully utilize its strategic location in Rome, a laboratory of learning and a gateway to Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle East.


As part of Loyola University Chicago, the JFRC continues the Jesuit Catholic tradition of excellence in education and recognizes extraordinary lives by looking for evidence of the following characteristics:

  •  Commitment to excellence
  •  Faith in God and the religious experience
  •  Values-based leadership
  •  Service that promotes justice
  •  Global awareness