English Mass in Rome

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These 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

Map: Via dei Penitenzieri, 12

The Divine Mercy Shrine hosts 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 Audience 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

Map: Via Acciaioli, 2

This Mass is in a beautiful church, with a really cool relic – the foot of Saint Mary Magdalene! The Mass is officiated by Monsignor Mark Miles, the Pope’s personal translator from English to Spanish. Monsignor Miles has been transferred to the US to be the Holy See’s permanent observer to the Organization of American States, headquartered in Washington, D.C. We will miss him.

Sundays at 6:00 p.m. – after Mass, you should have dinner at nearby Polese, I’ll probably be there.


Map: Via Sant’Anna

This church is the official parish church of the Vatican – you actually have to go inside the walls of the Vatican to attend the Mass. Walk through the door to the right of Porta Sant’Anna and the church is right there. You can’t go beyond the church without getting through a Swiss Guard, I don’t recommend you try.

Sundays at 3:30 p.m.

Saint Peter’s Basilica

On the First Saturday of every month, the Religious Sisters of Mercy, from Alma, Michigan, host an English Mass in the crypt of Saint Peter’s Basilica. The Mass takes place at 7:15 a.m. – you should arrive by 6:45 a.m. to clear security.