Higher Institute of Religious Studies “all’Apollinare”

Issra

The Higher Institute of Religious Studies “all’Apollinare” (ISSRA) is an academic center of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, established on September 17th, 1986 by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The current Statutes, approved on January 22nd, 2010, acknowledge the provisions of the Instruction in Higher Institutes of Religious Sciences, promulgated by the same Congregation on June 28th, 2008.

The main purposes of the Institute are:

  • the theological formation of the faithful, laity and religious, through systematic study and scientific examination of Catholic doctrine;
  • preparation of pastoral workers for local communities
  • preparation for the various activities of the lay apostolate.

The Institute has a specific didactic methodology, which offers the traditional forms of on site teaching (lessons, written assignments, oral examinations) in a flexible form, suited to those who for geographical, professional or family reasons are unable to attend an Institute requiring daily attendance.

All didactic activity is carried out at the University.

The Institute fosters frequent dialogue between students and professors: lesson meetings are particularly important moments in this pedagogical relationship and therefore attendance is compulsory.

The dates of the meetings are indicated on the academic calendar.

Furthermore, a professor with the role of tutor is assigned to each student; the tutor's role is to help students resolve any doubts or difficulties regarding their studies, especially of an organizational or methodological nature.

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In evidenza

On Monday, October 7, 2019, the Inauguration Ceremony opening the 2019/2020 Academic Year took place.

The traditional votive Mass of the Holy Spirit was held in Sant'Apollinare Basilica (9.30 a.m.), presided by the Grand Chancellor of the University, Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, and con-celebrated by clergy from the different schools.

In Aula Magna 'Giovanni Paolo II', the Solemn Academic Act took place (11 a.m.). Prof. Alberto Gil, from the School of Church Communications, gave the inaugural speech on the theme Rhetoric and University: two inseparable sisters.

Statistics A.Y. 2018/2019

Starting from the Academic year 2019/2020, the University adheres, together with other Roman pontifical universities, to the Joint Diploma The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas Doctor Humanitatis, with the participation of the International Society of Thomas Aquinas (SITA) .

The initiative is part of the twentieth anniversary of the Encyclical Fides et Ratio and is proposed as its specific fruit. In fact, it intends to deepen the harmony between faith and reason in the perspective of St. Thomas, with the aim of making known and appreciating the philosophical and theological thought of Aquinas in its depth and relevance.

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At the first floor of the Palazzo dell'Apollinare, the Santa Croce Projects exhibition has been set up, presenting several Centers and Projects of research and teaching initiatives active in our University.

Santa Croce Projects - Mostra dei diversi Centri di ricerca e Progetti dell'Università

The exhibition aims to promote, first of all, the knowledge of these initiatives. In some cases, moreover, this information will inspire new collaborations, studies, research, proposals for doctoral theses and licenses.

Monday, October 8, 2018, the Inauguration Ceremony opening the 2018/2019 Academic Year took place.

Inaugurazione dell'Anno Accademico 2018-2019

The traditional votive Mass of the Holy Spirit was held in Sant'Apollinare Basilica, presided by the Grand Chancellor of the University, Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, and con-celebrated by clergy from the different schools.

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