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

Via dei Penitenzieri, 12

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 Audience tickets. Because this Mass begins at 9:30 a.m., it’s super convenient for those wanting to attend the Noon Angelus with the Holy Father.

Sundays at 9:30 a.m. – it’s often packed, arrive early.


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.