The Rector of the Pontifical Ateneo Sant’Anselmo in Rome was elected abbot of the Benedictine community of Praglia on May 24, 2019. Abbot Stefano Visintin OSB is professor of Fundamental Theology at our Pontifical University and has been the Rector since June 2017.
Abbot Stefano was born in Gorizia in August 1959; he has been a professed monk of the Praglia monastery since 1990 and a priest since 2009.
- Degree in Physics with specialization in Nuclear (University of Trieste 1988), with a dissertation on “Mass Spectrometry of High Energy” (Accelerator Mass Spectroscopy);
- Baccalaureate in Theology (Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo, 1994);
- License in Theology with specialization in Fundamental Theology (Pontifical Gregorian University, 1996);
- Doctorate in Theology (Pontifical Gregorian University, 1999), with a dissertation on the relationship between experience and revelation;
- Master in Counseling Psychology (European University of Rome, 2007); and
- “Certificate of Advanced English” from the University of Cambridge.
Abbot Stefano speaks Italian, English and German.
Research and Books
Current fields of research: topics of fundamental theology, such as the relationship between science and theology and the role of human experience in religion; topics in the history of theology such as modernism; and the theology of K. Rahner.
- Professor of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo (since 2001);
- Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of Sant’Anselmo (2005-2016);
- Subprior of the Pontifical College of Sant’Anselmo (2004-2017);
- Vice-Rector of the Pontifical Ateneo Sant’Anselmo (2009-2017); and
- Consultor “ad casum” of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints (from 2012).
The abbatial installation will take place on the Saturday before Pentecost.