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


Rome, Sunday 29 September to Saturday 12 October 2019


THCP612 Spirituality in the Christian Tradition

What you can expect

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

Tour facilitator

Dr Jo Laffin is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy based in Adelaide. She teaches Christian history and spirituality and has a particular interest in Christian art history. 

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


Expressions of interest are now open

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This study tour is available to ACU students enrolled in the following programs:

  • Master of Theological Studies
  • Master of Professional Studies in Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology
  • Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Philosophy

Students in other ACU programs

Students enrolled in other ACU programs may be eligible to take this study tour for course credit.

ACU students should consult their course rules or course coordinator for information regarding eligibility, enrolment and credit points.

Cross-institutional students and audit participation

Interested students from other institutions may be eligible to participate, and there are also limited places available for members of the public who wish to participate in the unit in an audit capacity. 

Enrolments and credit points

  • Students studying the Master of Theological Studies or Master of Professional Studies in Theology will need to enrol in THCP612 (20cp).
  • Students studying the Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Philosophy will need to enrol in both THEL300 and THEL301 (total of 20cp).
  • Students enrolled in other ACU programs should consult their course rules or course coordinator for further information about enrolment and credit points.


You will need to arrange your own flights to Rome and airport transfers.

You can arrange your own accommodation in Rome or stay in dormitory-style rooms at the ACU Rome Campus (Via Garibaldi, 28 – 00153 Rome). 

Study tour costs

The tour cost, including all site visits, travel within Rome, return travel to Assisi and Subiaco, two nights in Assisi and some meals, is $1,750.

The cost of accommodation at the Rome Campus is $1,700. This includes bed and breakfast for 13 nights.

Please note, 2019 unit fees are also applicable upon enrolment.

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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