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 and most convenient.
Santo Spirito in Sassia
This is the official-unofficial 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 Religious Sisters of Mercy from Alma, Michigan, the same sisters you contact for Papal Event tickets. The priest, unless he’s traveling, is Father Luke Sweeney, of the Archdiocese of New York. He’s a great guy. Because this Mass begins at 10:00 a.m., it’s super convenient for those wanting to attend the Noon Angelus with the Holy Father.
Sundays at 10:00 a.m. – it’s often packed, arrive by 9:30 a.m.
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. Monsignor Miles also hears confessions after Mass. You should go.
Sundays at 6:00 p.m. – after Mass, you should have dinner at nearby Polese, I’ll probably be there.
Saint Peter’s Basilica
On the First Saturday of every month, the Religious Sisters of Mercy, from Alma, Michigan, host an English Mass at the tomb of Saint John Paul II.
First Saturday of every month at 7:15 a.m. – you should arrive by 6:45 a.m. to clear security.