Monastic Institute

The International Monastic Institute of the Faculty of Theology was founded on 21st March 1952 to create a place for research on Christian monasticism. It was also intended to offer students the opportunity to acquire, through courses and seminars, a rigorous knowledge of theology and monastic history. In 1977 the Institute was granted the right to grant a License and a Doctorate.

The Institute is at the service of the Benedictines, other religious orders and the entire universal Church. It has generated countless spiritual authors, researchers, teachers, monks and nuns, novice masters, priors and abbots.

More than once, throughout the history of the Monastic Institute, its curriculum has been adapted to the needs of the times. At the beginning of 2012, the entire programme underwent a fundamental revision. This revision is intended to take into account the strong interest of the universal Church and the Benedictine family in the theology of spirituality. The result of this revision is a unique academic course in "theology of spirituality" with a Benedictine monastic profile.

Didactic structure:

  • Monastic Studies (Licentiate and Doctorate.Non-theological academic degrees recognised by the Catholic Church).
  • Monastic Spiritual Theology (Licentiate and Doctorate. Academic theological degrees recognised by the Catholic Church, the European Union and many other states).
  • Diploma in Monastic Spirituality (Non-academic degree of the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo)