LENTEN CHALLENGE: Matching Gift for Restoration of Sala Professori

"Built in 1574, these two rooms offer guests the most spectacular views of the Eternal City, with Piazza Venezia, the Imperial & Roman Forums and St. Peter's Basilica in the distance, all from our humble university on the Quirinal Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome."

During this holy season of Lent, we have been given a unique opportunity – a generous donor has agreed to match donations up to USD$30,000/€26,396 to renovate our historic Tower Rooms (Sala Professori)! These two rooms, built in 1574, were part of an ancient monastery of Dominican Nuns for hundreds of years (the same community which St. Dominic founded in Rome).  Now they have become part of the public space of the university. We want to restore them immediately! We do not have any other space where we could welcome friends, alumni and pilgrims, and we really look forward to welcoming our guests in the newly restored rooms – please help us host you! 


EVERY $/€ GIVEN FOR THIS PROJECT WILL BE MATCHED – therefore, no donation is too small!


The cost of the whole project is estimated at $100K/€87,989. The rooms have not been renovated for over 85 years and are in need of major upgrade. Our plan is to transform them with new windows, quality furnishings, inspirational art, and heat/air conditioning, providing hospitality and warm meeting spaces with some of the best views of the Eternal City.  See current photos of rooms and the architect’s detail sketches of the plan.




A sizable donation of what is needed for this project has already been received! EVERY $/€ WILL BE MATCHED UP TO $30K/€26,396.  To be matched, gift have to be made before April 30, the Feast of Pope St. Pius V, the founder of the Angelicum.


We are very grateful to our donors!  We receive no funding from the Italian government or the Vatican, and rely exclusively on donations from our friends and alumni (mostly priests/sisters) to continue our work of educating leaders for the Church all over the world. Please know that we pray with gratitude for all of our donors – and make sure to visit us next time you are in Rome!


HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR CHALLENGE!  Please share this page with those that would like to support us.


Gifts originating in the USA are tax deductible & a partial tax deduction is given for donations originating in Italy.  You can donate online (in Additional Comments section, please specify matching gift Tower Rooms) or send a check to:  “International Dominican Foundation” 1 Galleria Blvd., Suite 710-B, Metairie, LA 70001 USA


Contact Fr. Benedict Croell OP direct for more information. THANK YOU!


DONATIONS RECEIVED since Ash Wednesday 6 March 2019: $5,675/€5,032.72


Grazie per la vostra generosità e le vostre preghiere!

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In the heart of the Church in Rome, the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) is educating future priests, religious and laity in the wisdom of Saint Thomas Aquinas where faith and reason come together. Among our university’s most distinguished alumni is Fr. Karol Wojtyła, later to become Pope St. John Paul II. HELP CONTINUE THIS VENERABLE TRADITION OF EDUCATION & PREACHING by supporting the Angelicum.

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