Happy Martyrs Day to all those associated with the Venerable English College
Feast of St Ralph Sherwin and all the Martyrs of the English College, Rome. December 2nd 2013
Welcome to the website of the Venerable English College, a seminary in Rome for the formation of priests for the dioceses of England and Wales.
The seminary was founded in 1579, and there has been an English presence on the site in Via di Monserrato since the establishment of the Hospice of St Thomas in 1362, making us the oldest English institution outside England.
The college continues in its proud tradition of preparing men for the priesthood and at the start of this academic year, 2013-14, we have forty one seminarians: thirty eight from England and Wales and two from Denmark and one from Norway. There are also six priests doing postgraduate studies and a formation staff of five priests. All these make up a lively community of more than fifty people supported by our administration and domestic staff.
The aspect of hospitality is also still very much part of our tradition. We welcome many people to the college throughout the year: groups and individuals can make pre-arranged visits for a tour of the college or simply turn up to join us for one of our regular Masses or other advertised events. Remember to make regular visits to our diary page for further information about these occasions.
These two dimensions - hospitality and the formation of priests - still lie at the heart of the busy and varied life of the Venerable English College.
Please do have a look around our website - there is plenty to see and read!