Monday, September 23, 2013


Dear Footsteppers,
We had a lovely service of worship which included Communion, in the open-air of Judith and Paul's garden near Bracciano yesterday - our next Sunday worship
will be on 13th October - as we continue to meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
We have lots happening - and restarting after the summer:
Elenco di 4 elementi
• Harvest Supper on 4th October, 7pm
• New Parenting Teens course starts 7th October
• Bible studies north and south up and running
• Kids club - about to restart
fine elenco
All the details are on our (address under my signature) do check it out and share the info with your contacts.
Don't forget, those in the north Rome area that the first Welcome Neighbour meeting is tomorrow, Tues 24th, in Olgiata - it would be great to have a good
Footsteps presence - and for each of us to be able to get to know some new people in our community - please contact Paula if you need any information:
More immediate news can be found on our facebook page - do use it for adding your own thoughts, prayers and comments - it is supposed to be a forum for
us all:
Do get in touch directly with me if you have any comments - otherwise I hope to see you at the harvest supper - don't forget to BOOK and bring your friends!!
With love,
Footsteps web-site:

Friday, February 1, 2013


Dear Friends,
I would like to invite you to the "Love Break" on Wednesday 13th March - this comes with lots of notice, so please mark your diaries and keep it free. I
suggest that for this one week that we cancel our Bible study session on Thursday 14th March and attend the "love break" on the Wednesday instead.......
Love Break: Just as we have coffee breaks and weekend breaks - so this will be a "love break" a time to immerse yourself in the love of God. The teaching,
reflection, discussion and prayer will look at Jesus' greatest commandments to "Love God and Love your Neighbour as Yourself".
Programme: The day is divided into 4 sessions and will run from 9.30am until 3.30pm (though we will break at 2.30 for those needing to get home to collect
children.) We expect the day to help you deepen your love of God and to be fun, too! Please bring your own packed lunch - we will supply drinks and snacks.
Tina Etherington and Mary Styles will be leading the day.
Venue: All Saints' Church, Via del Babuino 153 - nearest metro Spagna or Flaminia. We will use the large St Thomas room in the crypt for most of the sessions
and gather in the church itself for worship in the middle of the day.
Cost: There is no charge for the day but there will be an opportunity to make a donation to a charity that demonstrates love for our neighbour.
Please pass this information on to anyone who might be interested in attending and please let me know if you would like to attend yourself (it is helpful
for us to have some idea of numbers for our preparation.)
With thanks and love,
333 2945 210
Footsteps web-site:

Thursday, December 20, 2012

News for the Holiday Season

Footsteps new web-site:
PS Check out the local church web-sites for details of Christmas services if you are staying in Rome - eg there is a crib service aimed at families with
children at All Saints at 5pm on 24th, then midnight mass 11.30pm, and sung Eucharist at 10.30am on 25th.

Friday, September 21, 2012

St Paul's in Rome

St. Paul's American Episcopal Church. Via Nazionale/Via Napoli
Welcome back Sunday services with full choir resume at 10.30 am on September 23rd. Information on children's Sunday School as well as many other activities
will be available. St. Paul's was built in the 1860s originally for the American community, has famous mosaics - one including an image of Abraham Lincoln.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


How about a new year's resolution to get back into following in Jesus' footsteps - we'd love to see you even if you haven't been before or haven't been
for ages, you are always welcome.
Advance notice for the following weekend which is in the "week of prayer for Christian unity" a world-wide initiative where all the churches make a point
of trying to work and worship together. Footsteps is a member of the "Churches Together in Rome" group which has repesentatives of all the main denominations
that worship here in Rome in English (and also some German and Scandanavian churches) - we have our once a year joint worship on Sunday 22nd January at
6.30pm - this year it will be at the Methodist church opposite Ponte Sant'Angelo (let me know if you need directions). The new Methodist minister, Ken
Howcroft will be leading the service with Dr Donna Orsuto preaching (she should be excellent). It would be great to have a good showing from Footsteps.
If you would like to sing in the impromptu choir - just to help lead the hymns - arrive at 5.30 to practice.
Don't forget we continue with our Thursday morning Bible study - we now have a thriving, exciting group - all welcome even if you know nothing about the
Bible - it's suitable for all levels - even if you are not sure about your faith and just want to find out a bit more - maybe another new year's resolution......??
(This week, 12th, at my house at 9.15.)
I do hope you can make it on Sunday....
With love,
06 3089 3194

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lay Centre

The inaugural lecture, on October 13th (from 9:30-12:00), entitled Pilgrims on the Road to Assisi: The Role of World Religions in the Search for Justice
and Peace,
will be led by Felix Körner, S.J.
The five week autumn course will begin on October 20th. A Faith that Cherishes Life, Rev. Stephen Rehrauer, C.Ss.R. will explore the deeper meaning of an
Christian vision of life and its concrete application to some of today's most challenging bioethical issues.
On Thursday, December 1st, at an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Lay Centre  and its alliance with Catholic Theological Union, we will have a
special afternoon
program entitled What is the Role of Women in Peacebuilding? Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives. This will be followed by Mass celebrated by Most
Rev. Joseph P. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
I will give you more details about this in September, but for the moment, please save this date.
More information about our winter and spring VPI programs will be posted this autumn on our website:
Wishing you a restful and peaceful vacation,
Best regards,
Donna Orsuto
The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas
Largo della Sanità Militare 60
00184 Rome Italy
Tel: +39.06.7726761
Fax: +39.06.772676235

Friday, January 21, 2011


Our Winter Program:
join us for the
Vincent Pallotti Institute
2011 Winter Program
Called Forth from the Waters:
a Baptismal Spirituality in and for the World
with Rev. Brendan Hurley, SJ and Rev. Michael Woods, SJ
Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 12:00
27 January; 3, 10, 17, 24 February; 3 March 2011
Ring in the new year with a six week program designed to help
us "return to the font," that is the baptsimal font. It exlpores
how baptism - our own and that of others - potentially shapes a
Christ-centered view of the world. Baptism calls us to ongoing
conversion, to a discreet sensitivity to the presence of God, to
Christ-centered choices and to a community that recognizes
him in the breaking of the bread and in the marginalized.
Rev. Brendan Hurley, SJ, is a Spiritual Director at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
Rev. Mike Woods, SJ, is a Professor of Liturgical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
For information about registration and suggested contribution:
or 06.772.6761
Largo della Sanità Militare, 60 * 00184 ROMA
P.IVA C.F. 04359941004 * Iscr. alla C.C.I.A.A. di Roma al n. REA
The Spring Program, starts on March 10 and as you can see, we are taking a look at significant lay figures in the Church's history, including saints, poets,
novelists, musicians, artists and architects.
Parking is not a problem, we have plenty of space and we are just round the corner from the FAO and the Colosseum) visit our wonderful home and the gardens, enjoy a stimulating
lecture and relax over tea and coffee. As I said, we would be most delighted to invite you all.
Please feel free to phone me in the office Mondays thru Fridays 09.00-13.00 on 06.7726761 or on my mobile 388612980.
The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas
Largo della Sanità Militare 60
00184 Rome Italy
Tel: +39.06.7726761
Fax: +39.06.772676235