Offered in Rome, participants encounter the Catholic tradition in art and architecture, in liturgy and history, and in places and people. Reflect on its biblical foundations, its theological scaffolding and its ongoing relevance. Think afresh about what it means to be Catholic today, and gain a deeper understanding of Catholic faith, identity and mission.

Tour details


THCP612 Spirituality in the Christian Tradition

What you can expect

This study tour is comprise of a mix of seminars held at the ACU Rome Centre, excursions and sightseeing. 

Study tour highlights

  • Mass in St Peter’s Basilica and a Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square.
  • A day trip to Subiaco in the hills behind Rome, the birthplace of the Benedictine spiritual tradition in the sixth century.
  • Two nights in Assisi, the beautiful hillside town which was home to St Francis and St Clare in the thirteenth century.
  • An opportunity to visit the sixteenth-century rooms of Saint Ignatius of Loyola next to the Church of the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits in Rome.
  • An introduction to the Community of Sant’ Egidio which was founded in Rome by high school students in 1968 and is now a network of communities in 70 countries around the world with an emphasis on prayer, friendship with the poor and work for peace.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is spirituality?
  • Biblical, theological and ecclesial foundations of Christian spirituality
  • The relationship between spirituality and culture
  • Early Christian spirituality
  • Benedictine, Franciscan and Ignatian spiritual traditions
  • Art and spirituality
  • Spirituality and justice

This unit is currently not on offer.

Financial support

ACU students may be eligible for financial assistance to support the cost of travel and incidentals. Read more about available financial support on the ACU student portal (please note, you will need an ACU student login to access this information).


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