Church Amends Dedication Dates for Rome Italy Temple

Contributed By Aubrey Eyre, Church News staff writer

  • 8 November 2018

Aerial rendering of the Rome Italy Temple and Religious and Cultural Center.

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  • The temple will be dedicated March 10–12, 2019.

The dates of dedication for the Rome Italy Temple have been amended, as announced Wednesday, November 7, by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following a November 5 letter sent to Church leaders, the Church announced the new dates for dedication are Sunday, March 10, 2019, through Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

The dates for the free public open house remain the same next year, running from Monday, January 28, to Saturday, February 16, excluding Sundays.

Reservations for attending the open house can be made at templeopenhouse.lds.org beginning a few week prior to the open house.

When the dates for the Rome Temple’s open house and dedication were originally announced in March 2018, an eight-day period in 2019—from Sunday, March 10, to Sunday, March 17—was set aside for possible dedication services. The recent announcement shortens the dedication days to three.

“The sacred ordinances performed in this holy temple will unite families for eternity,”said Church President Russell M. Nelson in a Newsroom release. “God loves all His children equally and has provided a way for them to be linked in love, generation to generation. We are thrilled to be able to dedicate a temple in this city replete with historical importance throughout the ages.”

Craig Neil Pacini and his wife, Julie Anne Metcalfe Pacini, were announced earlier this year, in July, as the future temple president and matron for the Rome Italy Temple. They will begin their service following the formal dedication in March.

Julie M. and Craig N. Pacini have been called to serve as the matron and temple president for the Rome Italy Temple.

Located near the Grande Raccordo Anulare in northeast Rome, the temple will be the first in Italy and will serve more than 23,000 Church members in Italy and neighboring countries. It will be the 13th temple in Europe.

The temple was announced in October 2008 and construction began in October 2010. President Thomas S. Monson presided over the groundbreaking ceremony on October 23, 2010, joined by Church and community leaders.

The temple is a three-story, 40,000-square-foot building with an exterior constructed from granite and an interior that includes marble, woodwork and decorative painting. The temple stands as part of a 15-acre religious and cultural complex, which will include a visitors’ center, a family history center, a multipurpose meetinghouse, and some housing for temple patrons.

The sun sets behind the Rome Italy Temple nearing completion in Rome, Italy, on April 15, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

A display model shows the Rome Italy Temple and grounds. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Rome Italy Temple nears completion in Rome, Italy, on April 15, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

The Rome Italy Temple nears completion in Rome, Italy, on April 15, 2018. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.

President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy Nelson tour through the Rome Italy Temple during an early construction phase. Photo courtesy of the Nelson family.