The Venerable English College (Venerabile Collegio Inglese), commonly referred to as the English College, is a Catholic seminary in Rome, Italy, for the training of priests for England and Wales. Mgr. In spite of his youth, he was made prefect of studies in the Venerable English College at Rome and was ordained priest in 1584. The last College martydoms were in 1679 during the anti-Roman Catholic hysteria following the "Popish Plot", when Saint David Lewis, St John Wall and Anthony Turner suffered. Mar, 2020 in Carousel. He was the first head of the English College, Rome. The handover will 0D0A Secretariat of State for the Holy See, Mgr Philip Whitmore, Rector of the Venerable English College, Sacred Heart in Wimbledon. The Venerable English College is the Bishops' seminary in Rome training priests for ministry in the dioceses of England and Wales. He notes that the College chapel is dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury, whose is believed to have been born in 1118, so the first event marked by the exhibition is the 900th anniversary of “the birth of our patron saint”. He studied at Ushaw College in Durham and then proceeded for theological studies to the English College in Rome. During World War II, the English College left Benito Mussolini's Italy and occupied the hall. A Welshman, Maurice Clenock (Morus Clynnog), was made perpetual warden in 1578, an appointment unpopular with both the students and the Hospice chaplains, whom he had just expelled. We need your help to continue this work. The inter-war period saw the rectorships of Arthur Hinsley (1917–29) and William Godfrey (1929–39), who both later became Cardinal Archbishops of Westminster. I was Baptised, Confirmed and Ordained in this church; and made my first Confession and First Holy Communion in the schools alongside it. Mgr Whitmore, Archdiocese of Westminster, currently works at the Secretariat of State for the Holy See in Rome. On 1 December 2012 (Martyrs' Day – its annual commemoration of former students who had suffered martyrdom), the College celebrated the 650th anniversary of the foundation of the original hospice on the site with a concelebrated Mass at which the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were present as representatives of Queen Elizabeth II, together with the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, and the Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, a former Rector of the College. Bicentenary of re-opening of college. In 1575 Allen made a second journey to Rome, where by order of Pope Gregory XIII he assisted in the establishment of the English College at Rome. He entered the English College, Rome, 5 November, 1641 and was ordained a Catholic priest on 3 December, 1645. Paul VI Audience Hall Monday, 12 May 2014 . Since their deaths, 41 have been canonised or beatified by the Church, including the College's protomartyr St Ralph Sherwin, who was hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn on 1 December 1581. ‘Memory, Martyrs and Mission’ is the title of an exhibition which opens in the crypt of Rome’s Venerable English College on Monday April 16th. From today, Friday 13th March 2020, until further notice, the office at the College will be closed. Below, the Rector gives his Christmas Message for 2018. Students continued classes and seminary life first at Ambleside in the Lake District and then at the Jesuit Stonyhurst College, returning to Rome in the autumn of 1946.