4 Commitments

The ESM year is based on four commitments:

1. Intellectual formation (400 hours of classes)

In collaboration with the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.
All ESM students
receive a certificate from the Pontifical University.


  • Holy Scripture
  • Catechism
  • Moral Theology
  • Sacraments


  • Theology of the Body
  • Vocation of men and women
  • Bioethics

Catholic culture

  • Liturgy
  • Theology of evangelisation
  • Judaism and Islam
  • Social doctrine of the Church

Speaking and proclaiming to the world

  • Communication
  • Mission
  • Team building activities
  • Methods of evangelisation
  • Learn to give your testimony

2. Spiritual and human growth at ESM Rome

Human formation: discover yourself!

  • Understand yourself and others
  • Develop your skills and talents
  • Learn the power of listening

Spiritual formation: Christ at the center!

  • Daily prayer, Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and praise
  • Retreats, pilgrimages and silence
  • Spiritual companionship
  • Learn to accept yourself and the Mercy of God
  • Grow in personal and community prayer
  • Discover God’s will in your life
  • Experience the living Word of God
  • Discover the power of the Liturgy and the Sacraments

3. Community life at ESM Rome

A strong brotherhood experience

  • A full-time residential community life
  • Share with young people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Grow in charity and humility
  • Experience the joys and challenges of living with others
  • Develop life-long friendships

Discovering the Emmanuel Community

  • Weekly Household meetings (praise, sharing, prayer..)
  • Contacts with families of the Emmanuel Community
  • Missions with the Emmanuel Community in Italy (Rome, Florence, Milan…)

4. Mission at ESM Rome

La Trinità dei Monti Church

  • ESM Rome’s principal place of mission is at La Trinità dei Monti, the church situated at the top of the ‘Spanish Steps’, which lead down to the Piazza di Spagna… one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Rome!
  • This mission involves welcoming and speaking with the large numbers of pilgrims and visitors who enter the church each day… an incredible opportunity to be a witness to the faith for tourists from all over the world!
  • Every Wednesday evening, the students of ESM Rome join members of the Emmanuel Community in running a night of praise, prayer and Eucharistic adoration open to the public.
  • Contact and activities with the children of the School of Sacred Heart affiliated with La Trinità dei Monti.

Missions in St. Peter’s Square

Mission in St Peter’s Square with the WYD Cross and Icon

Parish missions

Parish Mission in Trecchina, South of Italy