Our mission and vision

Our mission and vision

Our mission

The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum is dedicated to the education of Christian leaders and evangelisers from both the clergy and the laity, who will give witness to the mystery of Christ in the service of the Church. It seeks to imbue society with the spirit of the Gospel by creating and promoting Christian lines of thought in harmony with the teachings of the Catholic Church that will enable humankind to address its deepest theoretical and existential challenges.

Being a Roman Pontifical Athenaeum, we are an international academic community in full communion with the Holy Father and the Church’s teachings, seeking to foster catholic thought and culture in order to imbue our current society with the spirit of the Gospel.

We wish to place highly prepared and dedicated teachers, spiritual directors, seminary formators, priests, religious, and lay people in the service of the Church.

Our vision

From 2019 to 2024, the Athenaeum will make a special effort to ensure that it stands out:

  • for its contribution to the evangelization of culture through its interdisciplinary programs of research, a specific and innovative educational approach, and the professionalism of its faculty members;
  • for the active involvement of the students and their high level of satisfaction, their personal professional accompaniment and the development of their transversal skills for the mission of evangelization;
  • for an institutional management that favors co-responsibility and effective coordination, the human and professional development of service personnel, teachers and students. In addition, it will be recognized among universities for its specific contribution to the evangelization of culture;
  • for a growing number of students in innovative leadership formation and programs for the evangelization of culture;
  • for a strong, diversified and solid economy that supports innovation and formation.

Our set of principles and values

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Our history

The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum is promoted by the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and was canonically established by the Congregation for Catholic Education on September 15, 1993, with the Faculties of Theology and Philosophy.

On July 20, 1998, St. John Paul II granted the title of Pontifical.

On April 23, 1999, the Congregation for Catholic Education also instituted the Superior Institute of Religious Sciences linked to the Faculty of Theology with the power to confer the academic degree of Magisterium in Religious Sciences. On March 10, 2008 the power to confer the Bacherlor and Licentiate academic degrees was ratified.

On May 21, 2001 the Congregation for Catholic Education approved and erected the Faculty of Bioethics to confer Bachelor, Licentiate and Doctorate academic degrees of.

On November 13, 2002 the Major Seminary San Carlos y San Marcelo of the Archdiocese of Trujillo (Peru) was affiliated with the Faculty of Theology by decree of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

On September 3, 2004, the decree of final canonical erection was granted to the Athenaeum.

In addition to the three Faculties, the Grand Chancellor erected the Institute of Bioethics and Human Rights (March 25, 2010), the Institute of Science and Faith (April 5, 2010), the Institute of Economic and Social Ethics Fidelis (May 10, 2010), the Institute for Higher Studies on Women (February 16, 2011), the Sacerdos Institute (May 20, 2011). These Institutes do not issue canonical degrees.

With the respective decrees of the Congregation for Catholic Education, the “Maria Mater Ecclesiae” Institute of Philosophy and Theology of Itapecerica da Serra (São Paulo, Diocese of Campo Limpo, Brazil)and the “Pius XI” Seminary of San Remo, Italy, were affiliated with the Faculty of Theology on October 2, 2017 and on May 28, 2019 respectively.

 


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