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About us

The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum has the mission to train apostles, both clerical and lay Christian leaders, serving the Church to bear witness to the mystery of Christ. We offer the church qualified professors, spiritual directors, seminary trainers, priests, religious and lay people who can dedicate themselves to teaching and training.

Our manifesto brings together the principles and values that underpin the contribution we want to make to the church’s evangelising mission in contemporary society.

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The University renews its strategic planning every five years. In 2019, the planning that will guide the university until 2024 was defined, with the following key points:  

  • the contribution to the evangelisation of culture through its interdisciplinary research lines, a specific and innovative training offer, and the professionalism of its teaching staff;  
  • the active involvement of students and the high level of satisfaction, personal and professional coaching and the development of soft skills for the mission of evangelisation;  
  • institutional management that fosters co-responsibility and effective coordination, the human and professional development of service staff, teachers and students. In addition, it will be recognised among the universities for its specific contribution to the evangelisation of culture;  
  • the growing number of students in innovative leadership training and culture evangelisation programmes, and a solid and diversified economy in sources of input that supports the momentum in innovation and training. 

Our History

1993

On 15 September, APRA was founded, promoted by the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, with the Faculties of Theology and Philosophy.

1998

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

1999

On 23 April, the School of Religious Sciences was established, with the power to confer Baccalaureate and Licentiate degrees.

2001

On 21 May, the Faculty of Bioethics was established to grant Baccalaureate, Licentiate and Doctorate degrees.

2002

On 13 November, the San Carlos and San Marcelo Major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Trujillo (Peru) joined the Faculty of Theology.

2004

On 3 September, the Congregation for Catholic Education granted the decree of definitive canonical erection to the University.

2010

The School for Bioethics and Human Rights (25 March), the School of Science and Faith (5 April), and the Fidelis Institute for Economic and Social …

2011

The School for Advanced Studies on Women (16 February) and the Sacerdos Institute (20 May 2011) were founded.

2017

On 2 October, the ‘Maria Mater Ecclesiae’ School of Philosophy and Theology in Itapecerica da Serra (Brazil) joined the Faculty of Theology.

2019

On 28 May, the ‘Pio XI’ Seminary in San Remo also joined the APRA Faculty of Theology.

2020

On 3 April, the ‘Maria Mater Ecclesiae’ Institute was also affiliated to the Faculty of Philosophy for the corresponding title.

2023

The Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum celebrates its first 30 years since its foundation.

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Articles of Association

The articles of association, regulations and rules governing the life of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.

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University Networks

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