Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

John Felice 1923 - 2008


History of the John Felice Rome Center

The John Felice Rome Center welcomed its first class of 92 students and eight faculty members in February, 1962. Initially located in the Casa Italiana Viaggi Internazionali Studenti (C.I.V.I.S.), a dormitory originally built to house athletes during the 1960 Olympics, the Center had, within three years, outgrown its quarters and moved to the first of its three campuses on Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome. From 1966-1972, the campus was housed in the Villa Tre Colli on the Via della Cammillucia. During 1972-1978, the Rome Center occupied the Villa Maria Theresa on the Via Trionfale.

In 1978, the Rome Center moved to its current location on Via Massimi 114/A, still on Monte Mario and about 20 minutes by bus from the Vatican and about 35 minutes by bus from downtown Rome (Roma Centro). This converted former convent is a large, U-shaped building, which houses classrooms, one of the largest English-language libraries in Rome, student dormitories, administrative offices, a chapel, recreation rooms, a small infirmary, laundry facilities, a dining room with cafeteria, and a coffee bar. In addition, there is a volleyball/basketball court on the spacious, five-acre, landscaped campus.

In December of 2004, the President of Loyola University Chicago, Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., renamed the facility "The John Felice Rome Center" to recognize and honor the tireless efforts of its dynamic founder and Director Emeritus, John Paul Felice. For more than 50 years, Professor Felice's leadership and influence have been paramount in shaping what the John Felice Rome Center is today: one of the most renowned international education centers in Western Europe. The Center reflects his passion for Italy, academic excellence, faith, service to others, art, politics and travel.

Today, the John Felice Rome Center enrolls some 600 students a year from nearly 30 different U.S. universities. Students may attend for a full academic year or one semester, although a full year is recommended to reap the maximum benefits of the program.