I completely support blending in with the culture when traveling. But sometimes you just want a Mass in English. Well, here are my favorite English Masses in Rome. There are more around the city, of course, but these are the best.
You should sign up for one of my day tours of Catholic Rome.
Santo Spirito in Sassia
This is sort of the official English Mass in Rome. If you are looking for an American expat, chances are you’ll find them here. The Mass is run by the Sisters of Mercy, the same ones you contact for Papal Event tickets. The priest, unless he’s traveling, is Monsignor Geno Sylva of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. An amazing homilist and an all around great guy. Because this Mass begins at 10 AM, it’s super convenient for those wanting to attend the Noon Angelus with the Holy Father.
Sundays at 10 AM.
San Giovanni de’ Fiorentini
This Mass is in a beautiful church, with a really cool relic – the foot of Saint Mary Magdalene. But the best part is the priest. This Mass is officiated by Monsignor Mark Miles, the Pope’s personal translator from English to Spanish. If you followed the Holy Father’s visit to the US, this is the guy who was by his side the entire time. When the US President or the Queen of England visits the Vatican, Monsignor Miles does all the translating. His homilies are amazing. You should go.
Sundays at 6 PM.
Saint Peter’s Basilica
On the First Saturday of every month, the Religious Sisters of Mercy host an English Mass at the tomb of Saint John Paul II.
First Saturday of every month at 7:15 AM – you should arrive by 6:45 AM to clear security.