Christian Unity in Rome

Christian Unity in Rome:

Anglican Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

Hosted by Nashotah House Seminary & The Living Church Institute

Class: January 16-25, 2022 | Travel Days: January 14-15 and 27


With Rome as the backdrop, this course will take place at the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Centro Pro Unione and will focus on the history and development of Anglican ecclesiology as an ecumenical enterprise. Participants will share in the daily Office and Mass, participate in events around Rome in observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, as well as the following:

  • Worship at St. Paul’s within the Walls, an Episcopal parish in Rome
  • Tour the Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica with a world-renowned art historian,
  • Worship with the ecumenical community of Sant’Egidio
  • Tour the Scavi, the burial site of St. Peter underneath the famed basilica that stands at the heart of the Vatican
  • Visit the excavations under Santa Maria in Via Lata, where St. Paul was held under house arrest
  • Optional day trip to Assisi
  • More events are still being planned


The Rev’d Matthew S. C. Olver, Ph.D.                 

Assistant Professor of Liturgics and Pastoral Theology

Nashotah House Theological Seminary

Christopher Wells, PhD

Executive Director of The Living Church Foundation
Affiliate Faculty Member, Nashotah House Theological Seminary


Endorsement from a past participants:

It was a pleasure and a privilege to participate in this extraordinary pilgrimage-course! We had the remarkable opportunity to integrate intellectual, relational, and spiritual dimensions of the subject as we delved into excellent reading materials, entered into conversation with leaders of ecumenism in Rome, and worshipped together & with others of various ecclesial traditions. Fr. Olver, who organized and led the course with Dr. Christopher Wells, are a joy to learn from and to be with. The many remarkable offerings that he prepared for the group included Vespers with Pope Francis and a meeting at the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, and a host of holy sites throughout Rome. This was a once-in-a-lifetime, deeply memorable experience. I recommend the course highly to anyone interested in rendering the unity of the Church more visible in our time.

Sylvia Gosnell, J.D., PhD

Clinical Psychologist and former Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School

The experience of this course is not just about learning Church history or visiting historic sites, but of being able to live the history of the Church and participate in dialogue with current-day ecumenical movements based in Rome, especially those historically oriented towards the Anglican Communion and Roman Catholic Church. Much like other learning experiences offered by Nashotah House, it is not simply a matter of instruction on, but of formation in ecclesiology and ecumenism.

Fr. Matthew Perreault

Nashotah House alumnus, ‘19


Program Fees

Students: $2,250, incorporating the $1,500 fee for a three-credit course and $750 program fee to cover all touring and organizing costs, including those of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Students in all Nashotah degree programs are permitted to register for this course. Limit: 20 students. Click below to register

Pilgrim (Non-students: Nashotah House alumni and friends, and friends of The Living Church): A $1,500, non-refundable program fee that guarantees your spot on the trip. Limit: 20 pilgrims. Click below to register

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 16, 2021


Participants will arrange their own airfare to Fiumicino-Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome (airport code FCO). It is suggested that you book a ticket that departs on Jan. 14 (Friday) and arrives Jan. 15, so that you are settled in time to begin on Jan. 17 (Sunday). The earliest departure date is Jan. 27 (Thursday). By booking ahead, tickets can be found beginning at approx. $750


Rome is a very walkable city. Almost all of the places we will visit are accessible on foot and this trip involves a great deal of walking. Participants should be prepared to walk a couple of miles a day, sometimes over uneaven streets or cobblestone. Those who wish to move around the city in another fashion can make use of the extensive bus system, taxis, and Uber. It would be wise to budget $100 for miscellaneous travel costs.

There will be an optional daytrip to Assisi, a two-hour train ride north of Rome. Those who wish to make this trip should budget an additional $50.


Participants will arrange their own accommodations. Rome presents a significant range of options — from the very modest (hostels and monasteries start at around $50/night) to five-star hotels and everything in between. Here are a few research aids:

      • many of these options include a basic breakfast as part of the fee
      • an excellent way to discover both inexpensive and comfortable accommodations
      • A few hotels very near the Anglican Centre:

Grand Hotel de la Minerve, overlooking the Pantheon

Domus Internationalis Paolo VI  Via della Scrofa 70, 00186 ROMA Tel: 06 698619. Fax: 06 6833941., This option is only available to male clerics.


Casa per Ferie Santa Lucia Filippini, Largo S. Lucia Filippini,20, tel +39-06-6791612


Casa di Santa Brigida. Swedish order of nuns. Piazza Farnese, 96, 00186 ROMA. Entrance from Via Monserrato 54.  Tel +39-06-68892596 / 68892497.  Fax +39-06-68891573 / 68219126. Email: brigida@mclink.it


*** Hotel Portoghesi. 

Via dei Portoghesi 1,  00186 ROMA. Tel: 06686 4231. Fax: 06687 6976.

****Ponte Sisto Hotel. Via dei Pettinari, 64, 00186 ROMA. Tel: 0668631809 – 0668631810. Fax: 0668631802. e-mail


**Petit Hotel Arenula. Via S. Maria dei Calderari 47, 00186 ROMA. Tel: 0668 79454. Fax: 0668 96188. e-mail


**Albergo della Lunetta. Piazza del Paradiso 68, 00186 ROMA. Tel: 0668 61080. Fax: 0668 92028. e-mail

***Hotel Smeraldo. Vicolo dei Chiodaroli 11, 00186 ROMA. Tel: 06687 5929. Fax: 06688 05495. e-mail

**Albergo Sole. Via del Biscione 76, 00186 ROMA. Tel: 0668 79446. Fax: 0668 93787. e-mail


Participants are responsible for all food and should budget for approximately $50/day (one may find a range of restaurants in Rome, at all price points).

Total cost

Students: We estimate $4,000 as a base cost per student, recognizing the variability of several factors (airfare, accommodation, food).

Non-students: We estimate $2,850 as a base cost per pilgrim, recognizing the variability of several factors (airfare, accommodation, food).

Course details:

The course will meet for six, three-hour sessions in Rome for seminar-style discussions led by the professors, incorporating limited lecture time. Students will be expected to have read all of the material in advance. Non-student pilgrims may sit in on the class. A complete syllabus will be made available not later than November 1. The course sessions are as follows:

      • Session 1 – Scriptural Foundations
      • Session 2 – Augustinian Roots of the Church of England
      • Session 3 – Emergence of the Anglican Communion
      • Session 4 – Second Vatican Council and “Communion Ecclesiology”
      • Session 5 – The Arc of Anglican-Roman Catholic Encounter
      • Session 6 – Looking Forward

M.Div., M.M., M.P.M., and Certificate in Anglican students will write a 15-page academic research paper on a topic approved by one of the professors. M.T.S., S.T.M., and D.Min. students will write a 20-page academic research paper on a topic approved by one of the professors.

For registration questions, contact Emilie Williams [], Admissions Counselor

For course questions, contact Libby Garfield [], teaching assistant to Fr. Olver

The deadline to register for this class has passed. If you would like to add your name to a waiting list, please email Libby Garfield at