An Overview of Theology

Through its academic, research and training activity, Sant’Anselmo desires:

  • To offer a high quality higher education open to all.

  • To deepen the understanding of Benedictine values, ​​such as the community and liturgical dimensions of theological knowledge, and their sources in biblical and patristic spirituality, as well as the historical dimension of theological life.

  • Incarnate theological reflection concretely in life and promote the integral development of man.

  • Contribute to the Church’s mission through ecumenical, interreligious and intercultural dialogue.

  • Ensuring the relevance of Benedictine values ​​in the contemporary world.

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Formative Offerings

The triennium in Theology (combined with the biennium in Philosophy) aims to provide the foundational formation necessary for continuing in theological studies and for receiving priestly ordination. It faithfully follows the guidelines established by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana. However, particular attention is paid not only to the content but also to the style of teaching. Our students are guided to think theologically following the words of our patron Saint Anselm: credo ut intelligam: by starting from that knowledge which is faith, we then can arrive at the statement: “The more I understand, the more deeply I believe”.

  • Spiritual Theology with a monastic profile. In general, a program for the formation of teachers in Spiritual Theology. In particular, a program also useful for teachers of the History of Monasticism and for those responsible for monastic formation.

  • Dogmatic-Sacramental Theology. Especially for the formation of teachers in dogmatic theology and sacramental dogmatics.

  • History of Theology. Especially for the formation of teachers in this discipline as well as in an Introduction to Theology and, more generally, in the area of ​​systematic theology, with particular emphasis on the historical development of thought and theological method.

  • Spiritual Theology with a monastic profile. In general, a program for the formation of teachers in Spiritual Theology. In particular, a program also useful for teachers of the History of Monasticism and for those responsible for monastic formation.

  • Dogmatic-Sacramental Theology. Especially for the formation of teachers in dogmatic theology and sacramental dogmatics.

  • History of Theology. Especially for the formation of teachers in this discipline as well as in an Introduction to Theology and, more generally, in the area of ​​systematic theology, with particular emphasis on the historical development of thought and theological method.

Other short courses of specialization that do not lead to an academic degree (diplomas, “master’s”).

Poetry and Spirituality

“The ways of the soul”

The specialization of monastic spiritual theology of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, promotes the Cultural Project POETRY AND SPIRITUALITY “The ways of the soul”. This is a project that aims to dialogue and interact with Literature, Spirituality and Philosophy by relating to other artistic languages: Music, Painting, Dramaturgy.

Its purpose is to embody … poetry as a precise and “strong” language. The inspiration draws its voice from the admirable poetry of S. HEDWIG (SILJA WALTER) OSB (1919-2011), a Benedictine nun in Fahr (Switzerland) who, astonishingly, translated the search for herself, her times, into poetry of colorful figurative spaces incarnated with passion, in the light and following of the One who, himself, defines the “Ocean of love”: Jesus.

On the other hand, we refer to the vast monastic literary tradition, beginning with lectio divina, the meditative and contemplative reading of the Bible that was very present in the Sayings of the Fathers of the Desert through the writings of St. Anselm and St. Bernard, who grew with profound existential and mystical experience, up to the studies of Jean Leclercq OSB, summarized in the book Love of Writing and the Desire for God, and the works of Thomas Merton. The horizon of knowledge also opens other voices, of other times and cultural, spiritual and linguistic Traditions: thus, going back to the roots of Poetry starting from the first Poet: Orpheus, and gradually moving throughout the Tradition and the “canon” of various cultures, languages, and eras.

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Poetry and Spirituality : “The Ways of the Soul”

Programs of Theology