Spirituality Institute Program

The Spirituality Institute Program, offered in the Fall and Spring semesters at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum), provides a wide-variety of classes on a rotating basis. The Angelicum, run by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) has the following faculties: Theology (which includes the Institute of Spirituality and the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue), Philosophy, Canon Law, and Social Sciences. Also incorporated into the University is the Superior Institute of Religious Science for the laity, Mater Ecclesiae.

The Angelicum is the only Pontifical University in Rome that offers programs taught in English in the areas of Philosophy and Theology for the first cycle and part of the second and third cycles.

Institute of Spirituality

The Institute of Spirituality functions within the theology faculty, but offers a one year certificate program and is taught in English. There are two types of students: ordinary students who take the Institute courses for at least two semesters and receive the Diploma or Certificate of the Institute and auditing students who register for courses of their own choice without the obligation of taking examinations.

Program of Studies

The program for the Diploma / Certificate includes

  • 11 courses (6 obligatory, 5 elective courses)
  • 1 seminar

The Institute of Spirituality also offers a program of spirituality taught in English and is open to anyone eligible for university studies. Some of the classes available are:

*Spiritual Theology *Consecrated Life in the Code of Canon Law * History of Spirituality *Documents on Formation *Spirituality of the Eucharist in St. Thomas Aquinas *History and Theology of Christian Prayer *Christian Anthropology * St. John of the Cross

The Angelicum is a pleasant 15-20 minute walk from the Domus and a 5-minute bus ride from Largo Argentina. All programs run on a Fall (Oct – Jan) / Spring (Feb – May) semester calendar. Exams normally run during early February and June.

Sisters from CMSWR member communities attending The Angelicum, or another Pontifical University, may reside at the Domus for the length of their program of studies. For more information or if you are interested in living at the Domus while studying in Rome, please contact the National Office.

About the Pontifical Universities

The Pontifical Universities are Roman Catholic universities which were established and are directly under the authority of the Holy See. The Pontifical Universities are licensed to grant academic degrees in sacred faculties, among them are Canon Law, Philosophy, Sacred Theology, and Sacred Scripture. The Pontifical Universities divide studies into three cycles: the first cycle leads to a bachelor’s degree, the second cycle leads to a licentiate, and the third to a doctorate. The duration of these cycles varies from university to university.


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