University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., led a delegation to the Eternal City Dec. 1-3, 2021. During a series of meetings with high-ranking Vatican officials, Father Jenkins discussed Notre Dame's role in the Church and in Catholic education. In addition, he was able to meet with University students studying in Rome as well as alumni who are beginning their careers there. And finally, Father Jenkins used the convenience of technology to interview Marcus Freeman, finalist for the position of Dick Corbett Head Football Coach.

Joining Father. Jenkins was Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C., vice president for mission engagement and Church affairs; Vice President and Chief of Staff Ann Firth; and Joel Curran, vice president for public affairs and communications.

A large Christmas tree outside St. Peter’s Basilica. There is a crowd of people at the entrance and a seagull flying past in the sky.
St. Peter’s Basilica.
Mass at the church of Santa Maria in Dominica.
John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Rev. Austin Collins, C.S.C. and Rev. Richard S. Bullene, C.S.C. concelebrate a Mass with students and faculty from the Rome Global Gateway at the church of Santa Maria in Dominica.

One masked student with a camera takes a group selfie with Fr. Jenkins and several other Notre Dame students.

After celebrating Mass with students one evening, Fr. Jenkins sent an Advent greeting back to campus.

A rain shower at St. Peter's Square. People walk around the Square with umbrellas.
Rain shower in St. Peter’s Square.

Photography by Matt Cashore