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Ignatius in Rome

Dear Pilgrims,

For five hundred years Christians have found in Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises a trusted companion for personal faith, spiritual development, and a source of spiritual depth. Our pilgrimage celebrates Ignatius, inviting pilgrims to engage fully in the Spiritual Exercises and deepen their relationship with Christ.  

Ignatius in Rome has been offered for small groups many times over the years for pilgrims who have interest in St. Ignatius, are fascinated by the Eternal City, and find Rome a deeply prayerful place.

Our focus is mainly on Ignatian sites, including prayerful visits to the Churches of Ignatius in Rome,  a journey to La Storta, a public audience with Pope Francis (if and when available), and an optional tour of the Vatican Museum. There will be daily talks on the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises and Jesuit history in the very places where Ignatius walked, lived, and directed the early Society of Jesus. 

Our spiritual director, Fr. Julio Giulietti, SJ, has been with us since the beginning years of Ignatius in Rome. Having lived in many parts of the world, he brings an innovative approach to learning about St. Ignatius’ life, the founding of the Jesuits and our own developing spirituality.


Thomas A. Kane, CSP
Paulist Pilgrimages

Julio Giulietti, SJ
Spiritual Director

Pilgrimage leaders

Thomas A. Kane, CSP Paulist Pilgrimages

Thomas A. Kane, CSP is director of Paulist Pilgrimages and has led small groups to various parts of the world for twenty years, exploring the culture, history and spirituality of place. An internationally known ritual maker and videographer, his research interests include the area of arts, communication, liturgy and culture.  Dr. Kane studies contemporary worship and celebration and has written and lectured on liturgy, dance and creativity in the US and abroad.  He has recently retired from the faculty of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Chestnut Hill, MA. At present, he oversees Paulist Reconciliation Ministries, which sponsors Landings, a lay-led program that welcomes home returning Catholics. He is a member of the Apostolateship of the Sea and enjoys his days at sea.

Julio Giulietti, SJ Spiritual Director

Fr. Julio Giulietti, S.J. has guided many Loyola Experience pilgrimages with great success. He is a seasoned retreat director in Ignatian Spirituality and a Research Fellow at the Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He was the coordinator of the Myanmar Leadership Institute and founded the Loyola Vietnam Centre. He has previously served as president of Wheeling Jesuit University, as director of Boston College Center for Ignatian Spirituality, and as director of Georgetown University’s Center for Intercultural Education and Development. He brings a wealth of spiritual insight to our pilgrimage experience.


Sunday, June 26   

We check-in at the Bailey’s Hotel (Via Flavia, 39, Roma) and meet in the lobby in the early evening to enjoy a welcome dinner at Locando di Bacco with an opportunity to meet our fellow Ignatian pilgrims. After dinner, Fr. Julio leads an optional walking tour to the Trevi Fountain.   B/D

Monday, June 27

After breakfast, we begin with a special program at San Patricio Church with Rev. Steven Petroff, CSP, the Paulist rector and Fr. Tomaso to introduce our Rome Pilgrimage with an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

We will be free for lunch and the afternoon. In the late afternoon we will gather for our spirituality conference with Fr. Julio and celebrate the liturgy at San Ignacio Church. The church was built in 1626 where Sts. Aloysius Gonzaga, John Berchmans and others lived. We will also see the original Roman College, into whose structure Sant’ Ignacio is built.

Afterwards, we cross the Via Seminario to the Collegio Bellarmino, where the Jesuit students live and enjo a breathtaking view from the roof garden.  We stroll through the Piazza della Rotonda to the Pantheon (25 b.c,) on our way to dinner at the Taverna del Seminario.  B/D

Tuesday, June 28

After breakfast, we proceed to the Gesu, the main Jesuit church in Rome and the prototype of baroque churches which the Jesuits built in Europe, India and South America. Fr. Julio will speak on Ignatian spirituality with a visit to the burial site of St. Ignatius and the original restored rooms of Ignatius, where he wrote the Constitutions of the Society, and governed the new Jesuit Order for 17 years. Afterwards, we celebrate the Eucharist with lunch at a nearby restaurant. Evening free.  B/L

Wednesday, June 29

We travel to St. Peters Basilica to celebrate the liturgy on this Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul with free time to explore the city.     (You may book an optional Private tour of the Vatican Museum for an afternoon visit.) 

We meet in the lobby of our hotel to walk to Sergio’s 44 for dinner.  B/D

Thursday, June 30

In the morning we travel to the small Chapel at La Storta, which commemorates the place where St. Ignatius walked into Rome to ask the Pope for permission to begin the Society of Jesus. Here Ignatius had a vision telling him that Jesus would take care of him in Rome. Fr. Julio will give a conference here on the life of Ignatius before we celebrate a special Eucharist in this holy place. We will lunch together in the garden restaurant with the late afternoon and evening free.  B/L

Friday, July 1

The morning and afternoon are free. In late afternoon we gather in the lower conference room of San Patricio for a closing conference with Frs. Julio and Tomaso and join the local community for the evening liturgy. Afterwards we celebrate the 500-year Anniversary with a reception on the rooftop terrace of the Paulist Residence, followed by festive dinner at Da Giovanni’s trattoria.  B/D

Saturday, July 2

Our program finishes with breakfast and check-out from the hotel.  B

NOTE: While no changes are anticipated, there my be unforeseen occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary, either due to changes in airline schedules or for other reasons.  All Masses are subject to local church schedules and substitution with alternate Mass sites if churches mentioned are not available


TOTAL PRICE is $1899.00 LAND ONLY. The price includes includes 4-Star hotel, 2 meals each day, pilgrimage fees & tips.

  • Single room supplement is $320 per person with limited availability.
  • Initial deposit of $350 is due at time of booking. Full fee is due May 1, 2022.


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