The Venerable English College prepares men for the Catholic priesthood.
The seminary was founded in 1579, as a place for preparing priests to serve on the "English Mission", 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.
As well as seminarians and formation staff, there are also priests doing further studies living at the College. There are currently about fifty people who live and work at the seminary.
We welcome many people in the course of the year: groups and individuals can make pre-arranged visits for a tour of the College or simply turn up for one of our regular Masses or other advertised events.
On Tuesday 4th April 2017, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales visited the College. He stayed for about an hour and met a good number of staff and students, as well as a delegation of Muslim leaders, in Rome with Vincent Cardinal Nichols.
Please note that the times of Holy Week and Easter services at the VEC are now available.