The Pontifical North American College

Special Projects

In addition to the annual operating needs of the College, the Board of Governors has approved several funds to provide for specific projects or long-range needs. For those interested in supporting one of the following with an outright gift, or a deferred gift via an estate plan, please contact Mark Randall, CFRE in the Office of Institutional Advancement: 202-541-5403 or


Cardinal Dolan Spirituality Endowment
This fund focuses on the spiritual retreat each seminarian is required to take as part of his human and spiritual formation. The annual six-day retreat takes place right before the Roman universities open. Each seminary class leaves the city and the seminary to stay in a religious retreat house it the countryside, where the atmosphere safeguards and promotes solitude, silence, and meditation necessary for a grace-filled retreat. Named after former Rector, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the endowment will provide funding to cover the substantial cost to send 250+ seminarians on the retreat.

Monsignor Charles Kelly Chair of Pastoral Formation
To honor our beloved alumnus, Charles A. Kelly, class of 1968, friends and alumni of the North American College created a Chair for Pastoral Formation. The endowment will fund annual sessions in pastoral formation for seminarians. Among the pastoral projects that are available to the seminarians are outreach to Hispanic immigrants in Rome, ministry in Roman hospitals, teaching at Marymount International School, and immersion in the work of the Church in Central America and Asia.

Liturgical Formation Endowment
This fund honors the critical importance of properly forming seminarians with respect to the sacred liturgy. The College employs a full-time director of liturgy, who in addition to daily celebrations of the Mass, offers thorough and intense instruction for all Sacraments. Income from this endowment will fund the directors’ salary and course materials.

Italian Language Studies Endowment
Seminarians at the Pontifical North American College must have an appreciation for and understanding of Italian. Speaking the language is not only immensely helping when navigating around Rome, but critical for those attending classes where instructors only speak Italian. This endowment will fund a full-time instructor to assist seminarians with their studies, and who will also offer a series of intense workshops at the beginning of each year.

Cardinal Keeler Endowment for Priestly Formation
This endowment honors Cardinal William Keeler ’56, C’61 who remains a loyal and distinguished alumnus of the Pontifical North American College. He recognized that the bedrock principle of having good priests is having good priestly formation. This fund provides income for the Rector to use on special projects that enhance such formation.

Cardinal O’Brien Endowment for the Riede Library
Our late friend and honorary alumnus, Brother Randal Riede, CFX, built a library collection of 64,000 books and 234 periodical subscriptions at the College. It has become the finest English library in all of Rome; the eminent Church historian Monsignor John Tracy Ellis publicly noted Brother’s accomplishment as have so many scholars. Named in honor of former Rector, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the fund will help preserve and expand the library.

Recreational Sports Endowment
One of the four pillars of priestly formation – human – can be nurtured greatly through sport and recreation. The College offers soccer fields, tennis courts, squash and racquetball courts, a weight room, bowling alley, and running track – all of which get heavy use. This endowment provides funding for the ongoing maintenance of the various athletic resources at the campus in Rome.

Organ & Piano Maintenance Endowment
Liturgies held in the chapels at the seminary and Casa Santa Maria are enhanced by three pipe organs and three grand pianos which require significant maintenance and tuning. This endowment will provide funding to cover the upkeep of these instruments, which aid in lifting our hearts and minds to the Lord.

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