To coincide with the Canonisation of Bl. John Henry Newman, Oriel will be hosting events in Rome on the 12th and 13th October 2019 for Orielenses and their guests.

Saturday, 12th October

11am: Tour of the Venerable English College


The entrance to the College itself can be quite difficult to find, so the tour will start outside the Bridgettine Convent in the Piazza Farnese, which is a 1-minute walk from the Venerable English College.

The address of the convent is: Bridgettine Convent, Piazza Farnese, 96, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The Venerable English College: Via di Monserrato, 45, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Orielenses are invited to a guided tour of The Venerable English College.

Founded by Orielensis Cardinal William Allen in 1579, the Venerable English College prepares men for Catholic priesthood.

The seminary was founded as a place for preparing priests to serve on the “English Mission”, following the Reformation of the mid 16th century, but there has been an English presence on via di Monserrato since 1362, when the site was acquired by a confraternity of Englishmen living at Rome. The English Hospice, as it came to be known, offered a welcome to generations of pilgrims.

12:30pm: Lunch at Trattoria Polese (booking required).

Sunday, 13th October

10am: The Canonisation Mass of Bl. John Henry Newman

Venue: St. Peter’s Square, The Vatican, Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Holy See (Vatican City State)

Tickets for the canonisation itself can be booked by clicking the link below. Please note, that registering only secures your ticket. You must collect your ticket in Rome in the days before the Canonisation Mass.

Click here to book your ticket to the Canonisation Mass of Bl. John Henry Newman

1pm: Buffet Lunch at the Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Following the Canonisation, there will be a buffet lunch open to all Orielenses and their guests on the roof terrace at the 5* Grand Hotel de la Minerve (inside if bad weather), with views over the Pantheon and across the city of Rome.

Venue: Grand Hotel de La Minerve, Piazza della Minerva, 69, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Dress code: Smart

Tickets are priced at £65, or £45 for young alumni (matric 2004 onwards) and include food and wine.

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