Seminary founded in Rome, Italy in 1579 by a Bull of Pope Gregory XIII, it was entrusted to the Jesuits. Its administration was handed over to secular priests after the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773. It was suppressed in 1797 at the time of the French invasion of Rome, but was revived in 1818, and placed under English secular clergy. With the other continental seminaries, the college helped to keep the faith alive in England during the days of persecution, and supplied priests for the English mission. It is immediately subject to the Holy See, and is represented by a cardinal protector. The immediate superiors are the rector, appointed by the pope on the recommendation of the English hierarchy, and the vice-rector appointed by the rector. The college does not exercise its faculty of conferring degrees, the students taking degrees in philosophy and theology at the Roman College.
- “English College”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 20 February 2010. Web. 6 October 2015. <http://catholicsaints.info/english-college/>