The Emmanuel School of Mission (ESM) of Rome is based in the centre of the ancient city at the monastery of the Trinità dei Monti, which was entrusted to the Emmanuel Community in September 2016.
In the Heart of Rome
A historical place full of missionary opportunities
The Spanish Steps: visited by more than 20 million tourists each year
The ESM Roma is located right above the Spanish Steps, one of the world’s most famous tourist sites! This landmark is dominated by the church of La Trinità dei Monti (The Trinity on the Mount), which is reached by a series of large stairways built 5 centuries ago. These stairs transform every tourist into a potential pilgrim who could encounter Jesus in the church.
The monastery of La Trinità dei Monti
A famous French place
The monastery was founded in 1495 on the ancient Roman Pincian Hill by the French King Charles VIII. It was given to the Minim monks by the King as a token of his gratitude for the service of their founder Saint Francesco de Paola, who was the advisor of his father, King Louis XI. The monastery and church were built between 1502 and 1594, and consecrated the year of their completion. The monastery was inhabited by the Minims until the French Revolution. In 1828 the estate was entrusted to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, an order founded by Saint Maddalena Sofia Barat. From the beginning of its establishment, Trinità dei Monti has been a French place. After the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, it was entrusted to the Monastic Fraternity of Jerusalem for 10 years; subsequently, in September 2016, the entire site was entrusted to the Emmanuel Community. ne-Sophie Barat.
Since the begining La Trinità dei Monti is a French place. After the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Monastic Fraternities of Jérusalem took care of it for 10 years before the whole domain was entrusted to the Emmanuel Community in September 2016.
A historical location: where faith, art & science meet
The Minims who lived at Trinità dei Monti were great scientists and established artists. Thus, the site is rich with ground-breaking works of art and science that continue to be admired today by people all over the world. Some works of particular note include the Refectory, painted by Andrea Pozzo, ‘Descent from the Cross’ painted by Daniele da Volterra, and three over unique pieces of art and science: two anamorphoses and an astrolab.
A beautiful place of prayer
The sancturary of Trinità dei Monti
The sanctuary of Trinità dei Monti, located at the top of the Spanish Steps, attracts more than one million visitors each year. Mass is celebrated every day, during the week in French and on the weekends in French and Italian. Times of prayer and welcoming allow the community to invite all those entering the church to make a step close to Jesus.
The chapel of Mater Admirabilis
In the middle of the 19th Century, a Sacred Heart sister painted an image of the Virgin Mary in a humble convent corridor. Pope Pius IX named it Mater Admirabilis, ‘Mother Admirable’. She is the custodian of all the students from Sacred Heart schools throughout the world. The corridor has since been transformed into a chapel which receives pilgrims and visitors from all over the world each day.
Sharing life in community
An ancient garden
The ESM students have access to the sports grounds of the Sacred Heart Institute found on the site of Trinità dei Monti. These facilities include: soccer fields, volleyball courts, tennis courts and basketball courts.
Historical refectory and bedrooms
The students live and sleep at this historical site that was inhabited by monks and sisters for five centuries. The corridors and rooms are permeated with the prayers of many generations of those men and women who gave their lives to God. Today we still live in the cells of these religious, enjoying the modern improvements brought by the work of twenty years of restoration.