Once you have requested your audience tickets, you must pick them up in person the day before the audience at the Santa Susanna Parish Office between 4:30 and 6:15 PM. Our address is: Via Venti Settembre, N. 15. Due to restoration work, the Church of Santa Susanna is closed. However, we will be in the office to give out the tickets. Please do not come before 4:30 PM, as there is no place to stand or sit. Our daily Mass in English is at 6 PM in the St. Patrick's Church, at Via Boncompagni, N. 31, near the corner of Via Boncompagni and Via Piemonte, just down the street from the Via Veneto and the U.S. Embassy to Italy. It is a 8-10 minute walk from Santa Susanna.
Tickets ARE REQUIRED for all of the Winter Audiences. There will be audiences on December 21 and 28 (we have not yet seen the schedule for January and February 2017, but we are confident that there will be audiences every Wednesday during those months).
The Papal Audiences are held on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM in St. Peter’s Square (sometimes in August, they are held in the Paul VI Audience Hall, just ask the guards). To enter the Square, you will have to go through security first (through the colonnade on either side, as directed by the guards.) Just follow the crowds and go early! We recommend that you arrive 3 hours early in order to get a good seat. The Audience is not a Mass. It is a time for pilgrims and visitors to greet and listen to the Pope. Pictures are allowed to be taken. Religious articles will be blessed by the Pope during the Audience. It lasts about 1 ½ hours and includes prayers, singing, a brief homily, and blessings, all in different languages. DRESS appropriately (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and don’t bring backpacks or knapsacks. If there is heavy rain, and having the audience outside is not possible, the attendees are sometimes split into two groups, one group in the Audience Hall and one group in the Basilica.
Because of the volume of requests we receive, we cannot always send you an email confirming your ticket request. If your email or fax went through, please presume that we have received your request and will put tickets aside for you. If you are concerned to re-confirm your request, you can telephone us here in Rome. However this is NOT NECESSARY. And please, please, let us know if you are cancelling.
- If you have a problem with this application form, you can contact us directly. Please include your name, the number of tickets and the date of the audience.
- We are located at the corner of Via Venti Settembre and the Largo Santa Susanna (at the top of Via Barberini/Via Bissolati). The address is Via Venti Settembre 15. You can reach the Church of Santa Susanna by bus, taxi, subway or on foot. We are located one block north of the Piazza della Repubblica, a major bus and subway stop. If you are coming by cab, tell the driver to take you to The St. Regis Grand Hotel and just walk across the street to the Church.
- Please Note: Because of the number of ticket requests we receive, we can no longer respond right away to your emails or faxes! In most cases if the email or fax has gone through, then we have received your request and will put tickets aside for you. If you are concerned to confirm your ticket request, then you may phone us at the following number from the US (0113906.4201.4554). Please phone us only between 4 and 6 pm (Rome Time) Mondays through Thursdays when the secretary is in the office.
- PAPAL AUDIENCE TICKETS are always free of charge. However, if you would like to make a donation to Santa Susanna Catholic American Community so that we can continue this service for pilgrims and tourists, we would greatly appreciate it. With increasing crowds, it is more and more difficult for us to pick up the papal tickets on Tuesdays, as well as record requests and make the tickets available. Anything you can offer is greatly appreciated, but again THESE TICKETS ARE TOTALLY FREE, so the offering is up to you.
We do not supply tickets for the Jubilee Masses, Canonization Masses, or the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter Vigil or the Easter Morning Masses at Saint Peter's Basilica with the Holy Father. We only offer tickets for the Wednesday General Audiences.
If you want to apply for a ticket for Christmas or Easter, you can contact the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan, at the Bishops Office for U.S. Visitors to the Vatican, Via dell' Umiltá 30, 00187 Rome, Italy. It is located at the Casa Santa Maria dell'Umiltà, one block from the Trevi Fountain. Their mailing address is:
U.S. Bishop's Visitor Office, Via dell' Umiltà 30, 00187 Rome, Italy
You can telephone them at Rome Tel. 011-3906-6900-1821 or send them a fax at: 011/3906/679-1448
Our newest edition (2016) of As Romans Do, our periodic guide for pilgrims to Rome, is now available. This 100-page guide to Rome and the Catholic American Community of Santa Susanna is a real treasure. The Paulists currently on staff (Fr. Greg Apparcel and Fr. Steve Bossi) and the entire Santa Susanna Community are ready and willing to assist all pilgrims coming to Rome in 2016 and 2017 and to do everything to make your visit as fulfilling as possible. This edition of As Romans Do is dedicated to all of you who seek to deepen and enrich your faith during your time in Rome. It makes many and varied recommendations for what to see and do, provides opening times and costs for museums and other places of interest, and gives an overview of what it means to be a pilgrim. Just send Fr. Greg your name and address and he will mail you a copy. (We do not have an email version.) All we ask is that you consider sending us a donation to help with postage and to support our ministry here in Rome.