The four churches in Rome where Irish couples can most easily arrange to be married are these:
The websites and telephone numbers given below for these churches were current in March 2015.
The first Prior was Fr John Rice, brother of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers. St Patrick's Church was built in 1910. The architect was Aristide Leonori. The design of St Patrick's is in the fourteenth-century Lombardo-Gothic style.The church has a thirteenth-century picture of Our Lady of Grace.
The Irish College, Rome, was founded in 1628 (during the era of the Penal Laws) by the Irish Franciscan, Father Luke Wadding, and the Roman Cardinal, Ludovico Ludovisi for the education of students for the priesthood in Ireland. When the French invaded Rome in 1798 the College was closed and it re-opened after the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1826. The College continues the work of educating men for the priesthood in Ireland, as it has done for almost four hundred years, and for the past few decades many young Irish couples have come there to celebrate their marriage vows.
The 11th-century Basilica of San Silvestro is also known as "in capite" because it houses what is claimed to be the head of Saint John the Baptist in a reliquary in a side-chapel. The church has had various restorations and assumed its present aspect the 17th century. In 1887 pope Leo XIII assigned it for English language visitors, entrusting it to the care of the Pallottines, founded in the 19th century by St Vincent Pallotti.
Via degli Artisti, 41, Roma
St. Isidore's Franciscan College was founded in the 1620's by Fr. Luke Wadding ofm, from Waterford, for the training of missionary friars to keep the faith alive at home in Ireland, during the Penal Times. He also founded the Pontifical Irish College, for the training of diocesan clergy.
In recent decades it has provided for Catholic Marriages for Irish couples. Normally, the sacrament is conducted in Irish or English, but the partial inclusion of other languages can be arranged. As the Church is small, with accommodation for about one hundred people, we only accept one marriage in any one day.
Documentation for your Wedding in Rome
1. Pre-nuptial Enquiry Form:
You attend in person to get this filled up by a priest in the parish where you are living (or if not living together, by the bride's parish priest). He will interview you together and separately, and will ask you to attend an approved pre-marriage course. (Check which courses he will accept. Our Together course should be among them). Arrange this Pre-nup. Meeting 3 months in advance.
2. Baptism/Confirmation Cert.
These are got from the parish where you were baptised /confirmed, and should be brought to your Pre-nup. Meeting. They will be forwarded to the church in Rome where the wedding is to take place.
3. Letter of Freedom, or “Nulla Osta”
Get this document from the Department of Foreign affairs; have it signed by your solicitor and then back to the Dept., which will forward it to the Irish Embassy in Rome, as proof that there’s no civil obstacle to your marriage.