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Marble statue of the Virgin Mary and Jesus

A transformative graduate experience in the Eternal City

Mary in Rome

A First-of-its-Kind Study Abroad Experience for Graduate Students

This 10-day, 3-credit interdisciplinary study abroad experience examines one of the most important figures of Catholicism in the faith's most important city. Mary in Rome draws on philosophy, theology, poetry, music, and the visual arts to explore Mary's role within the Church and within our own lives. This retreat-like experience will increase your knowledge and deepen your love of Our Blessed Mother.

  • View Mary through the eyes of early Christians in Rome.
  • Learn why Mary is the key to understanding Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel.
  • Enjoy private, guided tours with world-renowned faculty.
  • Study Michelangelo's iconic Pieta and Fra Angelico's Annunciation.
  • Encounter saints, relics, and stunning art in the company of fellow Catholic Studies graduate students and faculty.
  • Attend Mass and pray in some of the most beautiful churches in the world. 


This intensive graduate course is ideal for online students, teachers, busy professionals, and lifelong learners.


June 30 - July 11, 2024


Students stay at the Pontifical Irish College located in the heart of Rome.


Students walk to a church in Rome

Mary in Rome

Hear from Program Director Dr. Erika Kidd about this transformative graduate experience.

Dr. Erika Kidd

Program Director

Erika Kidd, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, will lead this unique course specifically designed for graduate students.