ACU Healthcare Executive Symposium Rome 2019

Discuss with colleagues and Vatican Curia contemporary issues facing Catholic Healthcare Organisations in Rome.


Start date

08 October 2019

End date

13 October 2019


ACU, Rome Campus

The 2019 Symposium is by invitation-only and will bring together Chief Executives and Senior Executives of Healthcare, Aged Care and Social Service Organisations from around the world to engage, challenge and identify solutions to contemporary Catholic healthcare issues.


“Every encounter is fruitful. Each encounter returns people and things to their place.”
― Pope Francis

The theme of 2019 is ‘Encounter’ and in roundtable-style, two-way conversations facilitated by ACU, delegates will have an opportunity to discuss Pope Francis' vision of a 'culture of encounter' in Healthcare Leadership with members of the Vatican Curia and with each other.  The 2019 symposium includes a personally guided 2-day tour of Siena.

Encountering The Universal Church

“...the Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close and continuous interaction.”
― Pope Francis

We explore the many facets of the Catholic Church and introduce delegates to the structure and organisation of the Vatican Curia.  Delegates will have the opportunity to meet and hear from senior Curia members to discuss how Pope Francis' vision of 'Encounter' can be realised. 

Encountering Healthcare Organisations

“Today, when the networks and means of human communication have made unprecedented advances, we sense the challenge of finding and sharing a “mystique” of living together, of mingling and encounter, of embracing and supporting one another, of stepping into this flood tide which, while chaotic, can become a genuine experience of fraternity, a caravan of solidarity, a sacred pilgrimage." 
― Pope Francis

We explore and discuss the Charisms and origins of Healthcare Organisations attending the Symposium.  Delegates will have the opportunity to present on their organisation’s spiritual history, Mission and values, and to discuss how 'encounters' is represented in their organisations.

Encountering The Healthcare Leader

"We need to help others to realize that the only way is to learn how to encounter others with the right attitude, which is to accept and esteem them as companions along the way, without interior resistance." 
― Pope Francis

As current and future leaders of Catholic Healthcare Organisations, what does 'encounter' mean for you? 

2019 Symposium Program

Download the latest version of the 2019 ACU Healthcare Executive Symposium Program (PDF, 827KB).  A final version will be emailed to registered delegates in late September 2019.


Speakers at this event will include senior members of the Vatican Curia including:

  • Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
  • Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life
  • Pontifical Academy for Life


Exclusive guided tours are included and include:

  • Basilica Dome and Papal Crypt Tour
  • Tour of Community of Sant’Edigio Cathedral and Refugee School
  • 2-day Formation Tour of Siena


Please note that this event is by invitation only.

See fees and register to attend

Accommodation Information

Hotel Indigo Rome - St George (25 minutes from ACU Rome Campus)
Via Giulia 62,
Rome 00186

Gran Meliá Rome (30 min walk from ACU Rome Campus)
Via del Gianicolo 3, 00165 Roma
+39 06 925 901     

VOI Hotel Donna Camilla Savelli Rome (5 min walk from ACU Rome Campus)
Via Garibaldi 27, 00153 Roma
+39 06 588 861     

Grand Hotel del Gianicolo (10 min walk from ACU Rome Campus)
Via delle Mura Gianicolensi 107, 00152 Roma
+39 06 5833 3405

Contact Us

For more information or to discuss the ACU Healthcare Executive Symposium Rome 2019, please contact Dr Ricky Chan at or call +61 2 9465 9084

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