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Be not afraid! The Segreteria Generale or “Registrar” will be happy to assist applicants through the inscription process. Furthermore, Sant'­Anselmo will provide students with ongoing Italian instruction and support even after the entrance exam. Oral and written exams may be allowed in English, German and the Romance Languages.


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Our specialization in Spiritual Theology offers a completely unique look on the spiritual life, in that it is structured with a monastic profile. It seeks to learn, recreate, modernize and promote the oldest spiritual tradition of Christianity: that of monasticism, whose roots date back to the third century.

A large number of problems we face today have been resolved already many centuries ago. For this reason, the Institute attaches great importance to the study of textual sources of monastic tradition. Along with the Bible and the liturgy, in fact, they become safe and authoritative bases for the search for a true religious identity, sources of both personal and authentic spiritual experience so much desired in our times of globalization and secularization.

Moreover, such a spirituality founded on the monastic tradition, Bible and liturgy is striking in its completeness. It brings together prayer with daily activities (ora et labora); the physical appearance with the spiritual, intellectual and emotional; and the individual dimension within the Community, both existential and mystical. Everything becomes a wise way: balanced, harmonious, practical and accessible to everyone.

Such a spirituality as we’ve outlined it is at the center of the world, in that it wants to collect it, turning it into a viable and meaningful reality. For example, one of its key aspects is its dialogue with various cultures and with other religions. The phenomenon of monasticism, in fact, exists in various spiritual traditions. Set up this way, the study of spirituality with the monastic profile allows us to enjoy the plural reality of the world, and to learn the horizons of all the people who are searching.