Welcome to Monastic Studies
Monastic Studies is based on our specialization in Spiritual Theology and follows exactly the same study plan. The main difference is that it does not require an academic degree in theology, but only a degree of Cycle II (License, Master’s Degree). It also offers the possibility of a diploma, for those with a high school diploma. Therefore, it is ideal for monks, nuns, novice masters, religious and lay people in general who are interested in monastic studies, but who do not possess the Baccalaureate in Theology required for Spiritual Theology.
Our specialization in Monastic Studies offers a very special insight into spiritual life, as it is structured with a monastic profile. It seeks to know, recreate, actualize and promote the oldest spiritual tradition of Christianity: that of monasticism, whose roots date back to the third century.
A large number of problems we face today have already been solved many centuries ago. Because of this, the Institute attaches great importance to the study of the textual sources of the monastic tradition. Together with the Bible and the liturgy, in fact, they become a secure and authoritative basis for the search for a true identity, both religious and personal and of an authentic spiritual experience so desired in our times of globalization and secularization.
Moreover, a spirituality so founded on the monastic, biblical and liturgical tradition is striking for its completeness. It gathers prayer with daily activities (ora et labora); the physical aspect with the spiritual, intellectual and emotional; the individual dimension with the community, existential and mystical one. All this becomes a sapiential path: balanced, harmonious, practical and accessible to everyone.
A spirituality thus delineated is placed at the center of the world, which it wants to collect, transforming it into a liveable and meaningful reality. One of its essential aspects is the dialogue with the various cultures and with other religions. The phenomenon of monasticism, in fact, exists in various spiritual traditions. Set up in this way, the study of spirituality with a monastic profile allows us to enjoy the plural reality of the world, learning the horizons of all the people who are searching.