Apply to the Casa Santa Maria

Part I. – Application for Residence to the Casa Santa Maria
Part II. – Application to the Italian Consulate in the U.S. for your Visa
Part III. – Italian Language Preparation
Part IV. – Planning Your Arrival Date
Part V. – Orientation to the Casa Santa Maria

Part I. – Application for Residence to the Casa Santa Maria

The process for admission to the Casa Santa Maria (CSM) begins with the submission of the “Application for Residence” to the Superior of the Casa found here…

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Each applicant must have a valid (unexpired) passport before submitting this application.

Please submit a copy of the appointment letter from your Bishop assigning you to studies in Rome along with your completed application, if you have not already done so.

It is also requested that you provide a summary curriculum vitae along with your application for residence. The model below is provided for your consideration.

Once determined, the Superior of the Casa or the Rector of the North American College will communicate the admission status (acceptance/non-acceptance) to the applicant.

A letter of acceptance from the North American College / Casa Santa Maria will be issued to the accepted priest for use in obtaining the appropriate Visa to live in Rome for the forthcoming academic year.

Curriculum Vitae Model:
2. Date of Birth; Place of Birth; Parents; Siblings
3. Present (or most recent) assignment; Place
4. Education (years; name of school; city, state)

a. Post Graduate
b. Theology / Major Seminary
c. Graduate
d. Philosophy
e. Undergraduate
f. Secondary
g. Elementary

5. Academic Degrees Earned

a. Degree Year; Name of school; City, State

6. Ordination Dates

a. Ordination to Diaconate: Date / Place
b. Ordination to Priesthood: Date / Place

7. Pastoral Assignments

a. Years Title, Parish, City, State
b. Years Studies
c. Years Other assignments (chaplain, etc.)

8. Elective Office in the Diocese

a. Years Office

9. Other Significant Experience(s)
10. Memberships / Clubs / Societies / Associations
11. Interests / hobbies
12. Languages spoken
13. Publications / Articles published
14. Date / Signature

Part II. – Application to the Italian Consulate in the U.S. for your Visa

Casa priests studying in Rome should apply for a “Religious Motives Visa” or “Religious Visa” (sometimes referred to as “Type-D” Visa on paperwork you get back from the consulate). Contact or search the website of the Italian Consulate in the U.S. that covers the region in which your State of residence is located for their Visa application requirements. This is the consulate through which you will apply for the Visa. (Note: This will likely involve submitting your passport to consulate officials while it is processed).

Priests moving to the Casa from the Janiculum Hill campus of the NAC may be able to continue to use their Student Visa to finish their studies. Please check with the Rector of the NAC or the Superior of the Casa to be sure.

The Religious Motives Visa (Religious Visa) is good for stays over 90 days (ie, non-tourist visa) and is needed to begin the Italian Residency process you will begin when you arrive in Italy, also known as the “Permesso di Soggiorno.” Adherence to the Italian residency requirements is necessary for remaining in the country and for the granting of your diploma at the end of your studies. Before you do anything else in Italy, you must start the “Permesso di Soggiorno” process within 8 days of your arrival in Italy. The Casa Santa Maria Survival Guide includes instructions on how to start the process.

Part III. – Italian Language Preparation

Some of the Pontifical Universities and Institutes, such as the Gregorian, will require an Italian Proficiency exam as part of your enrollment. Please be sure to check your specific school’s or degree program’s admissions requirements and plan accordingly.

You must apply for and arrange your own Italian language program. If you know of priests who have studied in Rome you may benefit from seeking their recommendations and comments on the available schools and their housing options. There are a number of options available to consider:

In Italy…

Assisi Accademia Lingua Italiana: group and individual sessions. ( The website lists various boarding options, though a few priests have also resided at Casa Papa Giovanni (, +39(075)812467), where meals are included.

Siena Dante Alighieri School: group courses and individual sessions; various room and board options ( Additionally, a few priests have also recommended investigating these room/board options, including full board and access to a chapel: Hotel Alma Domus ( and Casa del Clero “S. Ansano” (email: Dante Alighieri also has schools in Viterbo and Ischia (near Naples). See their website for more information.

Verbania The Italian School at Il Chiostro: one-on-one sessions with an instructor. Room and board at the Hotel Il Chiostro, a former monastery turned into a hotel owned and operated by the Diocese of Novara. There’s a chapel on the grounds with the Blessed Sacrament for daily Mass and private adoration. ( – click on “about us” and then “links” to get to the Italian School’s website,

PerugiaUniversità per Stranieri di Perugia (

Searching the Internet, one may discover other language schools in nearly every major Italian city. Housing arrangements and access to a local parish for Mass are important considerations so do not hesitate to make your needs known when applying to a language school.

In the United States…

Middlebury Language Schools of Middlebury College, Vermont (West Coast Campus): offers an intensive program running from mid-June to early August where individuals sign a pledge to speak only the target language during one’s stay. Housing is in college dorms with other students. In the past some priests were able to arrange with the school rooming with other priests or a single room near other priests and seminarians in the program. ( In 2014, Middlebury moved the Italian School from their Vermont campus to a West Coast partner campus located at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Here in Rome…

There are at three options for Casa priests in September: 1) private tutoring with a teacher who assists both seminarians at the NAC and priests here at the Casa; 2) an Italian course at your particular university (most have courses in September); 3) the Dante Alighieri school here in Rome.

Part IV. Planning Your Arrival Date

Plan to arrive to the Casa ahead of the Casa Orientation in order to settle in and/or to begin the registration/enrollment procedures for your studies at your specific university or institute. Be sure to check your university or institute’s Ordo (school catalog) and their website for important registration information, including deadlines, office hours, and tuition payment information. Each school has their own registration procedures and requirements so it is not practical to list them here.

Once you settle on a date to travel to Italy, please send an e-mail or letter to the Casa Superior and the Secretary indicating your expected date and time of arrival.

Part V. – Orientation to the Casa Santa Maria

a.) The Casa Santa Maria Survival Guide

In the Spring an updated Casa Santa Maria “Survival Guide” will be e-mailed or mailed to all newly accepted priests. The CSM Survival Guide provides helpful information to guide your summer preparations before you arrive in Rome as well as commentary on what you will find at the Casa once you arrive. Details to facilitate your arrival at the airport and transportation to the Casa Santa Maria are also included. Please review it thoroughly prior to your arrival, as it will answer many frequently asked questions. If you have not received this information prior to the end of May, please contact the Secretary of the Casa Santa Maria who can send/re-send it to you.

b.) Shipping Personal Belongings to the Casa

An Air Freight Service is recommended if you cannot bring items with you in checked luggage and carry-on bags on your flight. FedEx is most dependable but can also be the most expensive. You will find more detailed shipping information in the Casa Santa Maria Survival Guide, including some ideas on how to save on shipping cost. A specific procedure for billing your shipment through the NAC will be included along with the Casa Santa Maria Survival Guide as a separate .PDF file. Please review this information before you ship anything.

c.) Mandatory Orientation at the Casa

All new priests to the Casa Santa Maria (including priests returning to the Casa for additional studies after a few years away) are required to attend the Casa Santa Maria Orientation.

The orientation begins during the fourth week of September before most universities and programs start classes. More details will be included in your acceptance materials. A full schedule of the orientation’s required events will be placed in your Casa mailbox a few days before orientation begins. There is scheduled free time during the orientation and several events are optional, but the orientation schedule is relatively full and requires your attention to be present to the community. Please plan accordingly.

One of the main goals of the orientation, and the principal cause behind its mandatory nature, is to help new priests to the Casa get to know each other and begin to find their place within the Casa community. Even if you’ve lived or studied in Rome before and know much of what there is to know about the Casa and/or the city of Rome, your presence is required in order to journey through orientation with the new priest residents and to begin the process of integrating into the Casa community.

Orientation also serves to introduce you to many of the people who provide services to the Casa or to the U.S. Church/Pilgrims here in Rome that live and work alongside us here at the Casa. Some additional information will be gathered from you so it will be helpful to keep track of your application documentation and have your personal medical information available.