After lunch, we would go on tours to see firsthand everything that we had been taught. Over the course of the program, I learned Roman history from the fall of Troy in 1200 B.C. to the present day. I saw the foundations of the house of Romulus, the tombs of Peter and Paul, and
innumerable churches. I learned to distinguish between the architectural styles of the different periods of European history and even between different Roman architects like Bernini and Carlo Maderno. Most importantly, I grew closer to Our Lord by coming face to face with the blood of
the martyrs, the seed of the Church. This experience was even better than I had hoped, and every young Catholic man would benefit from an opportunity like this.
– Andrew Lyons
When I first heard of the Catholica Summer Program, I was immediately hooked. I had been on a pilgrimage to Italy in the summer of 2015 and fell in love with the history, language and culture of that country.
Each day, we began with mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the tomb of either St. Pius X or St. John Paul the Great, and each day I was astounded at the beauty of that place. Afterwards, we would begin our Latin class with an incredible language scholar, Mr. Arrington, and then jump into our history class with Mr. Long.
Every day the boys are immersed in the history of the Church. They hear the stories of the martyrs and imagine the trials that they endured. They visit their homes and venerate their relics – the arrows that pierced Sebastian – the grill that burnt Lawrence – the nails that pierced Christ. The Truth becomes real to our boys, and the Christian calling of self-sacrifice becomes visible and even desirable to them. Rome is a portal, a time machine through which the boys become participants in Catholic history.Joseph Long
Catholica Summer Program is an adventure in the Eternal City. From the underground crypts and catacombs of the Eternal City to the beautiful forums, churches and basilicas, our boys get to see it all.
Our boys learn all about the history of the Church, from the Persecutions to the Counter Reformation.
Each day begins with morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Catholica program chaplains celebrate both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass for the boys.
Awesome Sports and Day Trips
We play a lot of sports such as soccer, frisbee and swimming. We also go hiking and kayaking in beautiful places outside of Rome, such as Assisi and the beautiful laketown of Castel Gandolfo.
Where is the Catholica Summer Program Campus?
Our campus in Rome is the Casa di Santa Maria delle Grazie alle Fornaci. This wonderful little guesthouse is just next to St. Peter’s Basilica and features a classroom, dining hall and common area for the boys. Every room has two single beds, a bathroom and A/C and WiFi. Onsite Staff is available 24 hours a day. Our staff are always present as well. Visit the campus website.
May I speak with parents who have sent their children to a ProRome summer program?
Absolutely. We have a list of parent ambassadors who have offered to speak with anyone considering this opportunity.
When and how do I apply for and attend Catholica Summer Program?
Immediately. Contact us today and we send you a registration form to fill out and return.
What if my son does not fly with the group?
Simply provide the arrival and departure information and Catholica staff will meet your son at arrivals in Rome, FCO and see him off at departures at Rome, FCO. NB – This service incurs an additional $120.00 fee
Are classes designed for students of a certain skill-level? I am worried that my son will not be able to keep up.
Classes are designed so that each student can learn at his own level. There is no homework and there are no exams.
What is the cost of the program and what does this include?
The program cost is $3300.00. This includes everything.
May I pay by credit card?
Yes – in this case a 3% surcharge will be applied.
Are there any fundraising opportunities?
We provide a “Fundraising Guide” to help you raise funds for Catholica Summer Program.
How do I pay for the program?
Upon acceptance into the program, three invoices will be issued, each with a different due date. A check for each can be mailed to “ProRome, LLC” no later than each payment due date:
- $300.00 Deposit: Due with Registration
- $1500.00 Installment: Due January 25, 2019
- $1500.00 Installment: Due March 29, 2019
Are there scholarships available?
We do not offer any scholarships however we do provide a comprehensive 6-page “Fundraising Guide” for those who would like to raise funds for Catholica Summer Program. Many of our students have successfully fundraised their way to Rome. Please inquire.
Is ProRome insured? Also, is there travel insurance available?
Yes. We are fully insured with Travel Agents and Tour Operators Professional Liability Insurance through Zurich American Insurance Company . And yes, travel insurance can be purchased through ProRome Tours.
Is Italy safe? I am worried about the safety of my son.
Italy is safe. The American and Italian authorities are doing an excellent job of keeping Italians and their visitors safe and comfortable.
Just as anywhere, the vigilance and responsibility of the program staff is paramount in order to ensure the safety of the students. Catholica staff are with the students at all times.
Can you tell me a little bit about the Catholica staff’s qualifications?
Each staff member is a dedicated Catholic with a Bachelor of Arts from a Catholic institution. Each staff member and chaperone is CPR and AED certified. Each staff member and chaperone has undergone background checks and is Virtus ® certified.
What happens if there is a threat or an attack of any sort?
Catholica remains in close contact with the American embassy in Rome, who issues safety and security messages for Italy on their website.
In the case of an emergency, we will first ensure that all of our students are safe and able to communicate immediately with their parents. We will then follow the instructions of the local Italian and American authorities and make an informed decision on how to proceed.