Thursday, March 10, 2011

On the Road Again: Rome

This is a big weekend for three of us who have been working now for several years to establish an international institute for the advanced study of the diaconate.  Along with Deacon Dr. Enzo Petrolino of Italy and Deacon Rob Mascini of the Netherlands, we three have worked out the details with the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education and with the major Roman pontifical universities to begin the institute in the summer of 2012.  The Institute has received enthusiastic support from the Vatican and from the universities, and this weekend's meetings will finalize many of the administrative details.  These are being handled by the Gregorian University, and we will be establishing fees, procedures and even some of the housing details.  So, we will soon be able to announce and advertise the specifics.

The Institute will be truly international.  We have professors lined up from the United States, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany who will teach advanced courses (i.e., graduate level) for academic credit either through the professor's home institution or from the associated pontifical university.  Courses will range from biblical and patristic studies to systematic and canonical courses, and to spirituality and liturgy.  At this point, courses will be taught in Italian and English, although we will probably expand to German and Spanish as the programs develop.

At this point we're considering a three-week block of time in the early summer.  Each course would be one week in length, with intensive sessions in the morning hours followed by research/tours and other activities in the afternoons.  In this way, students might opt to take ONE course (one week), or THREE courses (if they stay the whole three-week period).  These will be designed for graduate or post-graduate students who will be expected to have read extensively before coming to Rome for the course, and to pursue a serious research project following the course.  Courses would be open to any and all qualified and interested students.

I'll keep you posted!


  1. Please know that you are in my prayers as you travel and work. May God bless you and your colleagues in your work for the People of God.

  2. Please pray for the 2012 Diaconate Class of the Diocese of Lafayette, LA. We received the Institute of Lector (Reader) today. What a day! May God Bless you.

  3. Any projected non-commital date as to whent his institute will open? Have BA in theology (with decent amount of philosophy courses as well)and MA in Pastoral Theology. Very interested and wife extremely interested in ANY reason to getback to Roma! LOL