International Theological Institute

  • International Theological Institute

    Trumau, Austria

  • International Theological Institute

    Trumau, Austria

  • International Theological Institute

    Trumau, Austria

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Undergrads

100%

Catholic Faculty

100%

Catholic Students

100%

All single students live in single-sex residence halls.

Overview

The International Theological Institute (ITI) offers English-speaking undergraduates the opportunity to live in the heart of Europe while pursuing one of three unique academic tracks.  The faithfully Catholic institute is situated in the beautiful Austrian countryside just south of Vienna, Austria, and classes are held in a restored castle from the twelfth century.

Founded by a Thomas Aquinas College graduate at the direct request of Pope John Paul II, ITI brings together students from all over the world. Both Roman and Byzantine Catholic liturgical rites are offered on campus.

ITI holds the status of an Ecclesiastical Theological Faculty from the Vatican, specifically concentrating on the study of Catholic theology, and uses the ECTS credit system accepted in the European Union. At the undergraduate level, students can choose either the one-year liberal arts Studium Generale track, three-year bachelor’s in Catholic liberal arts (BA), or five-year track which culminates in a Master of Sacred Theology (STM).

According to its mission, ITI is a “community where theology is not simply studied, but is also lived.”  ITI takes pride in its community comprised of both single and married laypeople, as well as seminarians, priests and religious, though most are graduate students—only 27 students in 2016-17 were undergraduates.

At €8,000 (about $9,000), combined tuition and lodging is well below the cost to attend the average U.S. private university.  Since students cook for themselves, board is not provided and thus not included in these costs.  On-campus work study can reduce the cost of housing even further.  ITI participates in the U.S. federal student loan program for the STM program, so American students are able to take out student loans just as they would at any U.S. college.

Academics

All faculty members annually take an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium.  Many have studied or taught at other Catholic colleges recommended in this Guide.  Classes are kept at a maximum of 13 students and use a seminar-style discussion method based on primary texts.  Active participation is encouraged and facilitated.

The one-year liberal arts certificate program, termed Studium Generale, includes study of Scripture, the Catechism, philosophy, ethics, political science, and anthropology, with electives in areas such as Christian literature, Church history, and fine arts.

Credits are awarded for each class taken, and graduates receive a certificate upon program completion.  The Institute has not formalized agreements with undergraduate institutions to guarantee student credit transfer.  Students are encouraged to inquire about credit transfer with the institution at which they plan to continue their studies.

ITI offers a three-year bachelor’s in liberal arts (BA) and a five-year program in theology that culminates in a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree, granted by the Holy See and recognized by the State of Austria. It is equivalent to an ecclesiastical STB.

The bachelor’s degree provides a thorough grounding in theology, philosophy, logic, Church history, Latin, Greek, and Church documents. These classes prepare students for the rigorous study of theology in years four and five. By graduation, students will have studied a significant portion of the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Students can enroll in the BA degree program and decide to enroll in the STM later, or may enroll directly into the STM program, or not at all.

It’s easy for STM graduates to continue theological graduate studies on the ecclesiastical track, because institutions offering the next degrees—STL and STD—are also within the pontifical university system.

Spiritual

According to ITI, spiritual life at the Institute “takes its starting point in the words of St. Athanasius, who says the best theologians are the saints, who live out in their lives what they study in their minds.”

Part of ITI’s mission is to bridge East and West, and the liturgical life reflects that priority.  Holy Mass—in both Ordinary and Extraordinary forms—and Byzantine Divine Liturgy are offered daily.  Priests from both rites are available on campus for confession and spiritual direction. The Institute has Adoration daily, as well as morning and evening prayer.

Students serve at the altar, sing in the choir, lector at Mass, organize Adoration, and work as sacristans.  Once per week, the entire Institute celebrates either Mass or Divine Liturgy together.  On Sundays, students can attend Divine Liturgy on campus or Mass in the nearby local parish.  Twenty-four percent of graduates have pursued religious vocations.

Residential

Students live in newly built apartments just a one-minute walk from the restored castle which houses the classrooms, offices, library, and chapels. Four buildings are structured around a common courtyard which facilitates community.  One building is for single men, another for single women, and the remaining two house the many families that study at ITI, as well as some of the professors and their families.  Apartments are also available.  The buildings include a work-out room, an additional chapel, and several large community rooms.

ITI provides students with kitchens in each residence hall or apartment to prepare their meals, rather than offering a meal plan.  Dining rooms are a locus of student community life, and students frequently cook meals for one another.  Groceries are available within walking distance of campus.

The student body ranges in age and walk of life, including young undergraduates, graduate students, married couples with families, and seminarians. No problems with chastity and sobriety have been reported.  The Institute says of its student life, “The presence of priests, seminarians, and families with children all living on campus fosters this unique wholesome atmosphere of Catholic virtue.”

Activities

Students are creative in organizing events on campus, such as parties, dances, common meals, and sports competitions.  Students gather for potluck Sunday brunches, and each Monday ethnic food is prepared by a student of a different nationality.  Resident assistants are chosen each year from the student body to help plan community events.

Off campus, students have access to numerous opportunities for nearby hiking, swimming, biking, skiing, and sightseeing.  Vienna is only 30 minutes away, and Austrian public transportation makes it easy for students to get around without a vehicle.  Students frequently attend operas, ballets, or other cultural events in Vienna.  The nearby airports of Vienna and Bratislava allow students to travel all over Europe for very affordable airfares.  Students have a ten-day break each semester to travel if they choose to do so.

Bottom Line

ITI is an attractive option for mature high school graduates wanting to study abroad in a wholesome Catholic environment.  The recent addition of a three-year bachelor’s degree program may be especially appealing for students looking to attend a Newman Guide-recommended college.  The very competitive cost of attendance is also hard to overlook.  It is an enticing opportunity for a student looking to study near a European cultural hub in a largely Catholic, English-speaking community.

Questions & Answers

Each year, the Newman Society asks the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to answer the following questions. Below you will find the responses that we received directly from the International Theological Institute.

Is your institution accredited by at least one regional or national education association? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify each accreditor and indicate whether it is approved by the U.S. Department of Education:

By the Holy See Congregation of Education, the Republic of Austria (EU), approved by the U.S. government for student loans.

Please cite evidence of student or alumni accomplishment, such as graduation rate, graduate school placement, job placement, awards, etc.

Graduation Rate:

90%

Division of Professions:

Religious/Clergy 24%
Education 23%
Graduate Studies 12%
Church Organizations 11%
Homemaker 7%
Marriage and Family Work 6%
Media 6%
Other 11%

Please identify any notable public recognition of your institution’s academic quality in the last three years, such as rankings, awards, etc.

N/A

Without neglecting difficult topics and ideas, how does your institution avoid leading students into serious error and spiritual harm through blasphemous, dissident, or heretical material in the bookstore, library, lectures, and course content?

The small class size enables a rapport between student and professor rare to academic institutions. The academic access students and professors have with each other, enhanced by the seminar method, provides the space for our professors to delve deep into a subject, with all its possibilities for error, and closely converse with each student to ensure its conformity with the whole of Catholic teaching found in Scripture and tradition. Particularly for higher level courses, grappling with a topic and multiple perspectives is encouraged with the intention to reach a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings, which holds supremacy.

How are the insights of the Catholic faith integrated throughout the curriculum and course content in all subject areas?

 

How does the institution’s academic program form students in love and knowledge of God, for sainthood?

John Paul II, the founder of ITI, stressed the full formation of the person. This means that ITI is committed to fostering an integration of the truths we encounter in our studies with our life beyond the classroom. Community life among students and faculty rooted in the sacraments is essential in that living so close to those whom you learn from and with makes the bridge from studying to internalizing an almost seamless and unconscious trip. Furthermore, a student life heavily reliant on student initiative provides the opportunity for each individual to build the community using their unique gifts under the guidance of faculty and staff.

How does the institution’s academic program prepare students for the renewal of culture in the light of Christ?

Studying the giants of our faith in primary sources in theology and philosophy, supplemented with the great classics in art, music, literature and history, each student has the opportunity to encounter the wonderful richness of our Catholic faith.

Additional Academic Quality information, clarification or description (optional)

The International Theological Institute is unique in its academic approach. Class texts are selected from the original sources of the rich theological tradition of the Catholic Church, and from the Western philosophical tradition which serves as it’s “handmaid.”. The primary text of reference is Sacred Scripture, followed by the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the Saints, the Magisterium, and some of the most influential philosophers in the Western tradition. A special emphasis is placed on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. Students gather in small groups of 13 or less to discuss these great works.

Particularly unique is the emphasis placed by the Institute on personal prayer life as an essential component of theological study. Following the words of St. Athanasius, ITI believes the best theologians are the ones who “live” theology, rather than merely study it. Students are encouraged to “learn on their knees” as an essential part of reaching theology’s ultimate goal: intimate knowledge of a personal God. Spiritual development and intellectual formation go hand-in-hand with unparalleled integration at ITI.

Are more than half of the current members of your faculty practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes

Approximately what percentage of your current faculty members are practicing Catholics?

100%

Are members of your faculty officially informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of the institution? (Yes/No)

Yes

How are faculty members informed of this responsibility?

Bi-monthly faculty meetings.

Bi-annual publication of the ITI’s newsletter featuring academic articles of professors.

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to be faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church in all teaching activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Are members of your teaching faculty required, as a condition of employment, to conform to Catholic moral teaching in their public actions and statements both on and off campus?

Yes

Do all Catholic faculty members make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify key undergraduate faculty members who are noted experts in their field, have produced important publications, have leadership roles in academic associations, etc. and briefly describe such accomplishments (optional):

Does the institution have a department of Catholic theology, distinct from “religious studies” and other disciplines?

The ITI is an ecclesiastical theological faculty, without subdivisions into multiple departments. Although multiple disciplines are taught, these are not divided into departments.

Are courses in Catholic theology clearly identified and distinguished from other courses dealing with religion?

Yes

Does every faculty member in the theological disciplines have the mandatum (or the “canonical mission” for ecclesiastical faculties) approved by the appropriate Church authority, as required by Canon Law? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do all faculty in the theological disciplines make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution require that all theology courses be taught in a manner faithful to Scripture, Tradition, and the Church’s Magisterium, and also to the principles and methods proper to Catholic theology? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please identify the theology courses that are included in the undergraduate core or distribution requirements and the professors who routinely teach those courses:

Introduction to Scripture I and II;
Catechism of the Catholic Church

Please describe the place of Catholic theology in your institution’s undergraduate curriculum and how it is distinct from other institutions.

The BA program and the first three years of the STM program can be roughly divided 50/50 into theology and philosophy. Latin and Greek are also studied, both with a view to being able to read theological texts in their original languages. The final two years of the program are devoted exclusively to an integrated study of Catholic theology.

Additional theology information, clarification, or description (optional):

At the request of John Paul II, by the Holy See, special attention is given to studies relating to marriage and family.

Please identify any course that every undergraduate student must take:

The entire curriculum is required of every student pursuing the BA or STM degree. For a complete listing of these courses, please see ITI’s Course Catalog and Curriculum.

Please identify the courses that students may choose from in order to satisfy common curriculum distribution requirements:

All courses in the curriculum are required. If students wish, they may pursue additional electives over and above their normal coursework. Examples are classes from ITI’s Catholic Marriage and Family studies program, Christian Literature or Fine Arts.

How many credits are required for graduation and what percent are from core / distribution courses?

Approximately 180 ECTS are required for graduation. 100% of these ECTS are from the core curriculum.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more courses in which they are taught authentic Catholic doctrine and practice? (Yes/No)

Yes

If yes, please describe them generally and note how many courses are required?

The undergraduate core curriculum includes an obligatory, two semester study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, studies in scriptural exegesis, the study of old and new testaments, the reading of patristic texts and those of St Thomas Aquinas, and an introduction to dogmatic theology.

Is every undergraduate student required to take one or more interdisciplinary courses relating theology or philosophy with other disciplines? (Yes/No)

Yes

Additional core curriculum information, clarification, or description (optional):

The International Theological Institute’s undergraduate program of study culminates in a BA in the Liberal Arts, which consists in a deliberately sequenced core curriculum of studies in the liberal, philosophical and theological disciplines. Successful completion of this degree enables a student to proceed on to graduate studies in theology (STM, Sacrae Theologiae Magister).

Number of majors:

2

List the major, minor and special program areas that students may choose for specialization while pursuing an undergraduate degree:

BA (Bachelor’s in Catholic Liberal Arts)

SG (non-degree certificate program in Catholic Liberal Arts)

What are the three most popular majors or specialty disciplines for undergraduate students, and about what percentage of undergraduate students specialize in these disciplines?

Among ITI undergraduates, approximately 80% are enrolled in the 5-year Masters program (of which the first 3 years are the equivalent of the BA), and 20% in the Studium Generale one-year program. Studium Generale students are welcome to take specialized courses from other ITI’s programs.

Does each undergraduate degree program require Catholic ethical formation related to the student’s major field(s) of study? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution regularly provide academic events to address theological questions related to specialized disciplines? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. ITI hosts regular guest lecturers throughout the academic year, who speak on a variety of topics related to theology, or relevant disciplines.

Does your institution require cooperation among faculty in different disciplines in teaching, research, and other academic activities? (Yes/No – if yes, please describe)

Yes. All professors attend guest lectures together, and participate in Q&A afterward.

Regular faculty meetings for discussion of academic decisions.

Faculty attend upper seminars to discuss a particular theological writing.

Faculty organize and participate in conferences and symposiums on various theological topics.

Additional programs of study information, clarification, or description:

STL: The Sacrae Theologiae Licentiatus program is a graduate program (Second Cycle) in theology designed to enable students to teach theology in a major seminary or equivalent institution of higher catholic education and to participate in theological debate as scholars in their own right. STD: The Doctorate in Sacred Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor, STD) is a program of at least four semesters for the Canonical Doctorate in Theology.

Does the institution have one or more priest chaplains on campus for the Sacraments and spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

Yes

On average, how many hours per week is a priest chaplain on campus and available to students?

70 (a priest chaplain lives on campus)

Please describe the priests who minister to students and celebrate the Sacraments on campus.

We have an international community of priests who teach, study, and minister to the ITI. The countries represented are Austria, Germany, France, India, Ukraine, Argentina, and the US.  12 priests in total, two priest from the Byzantine rite and two from the Roman rite live on campus and are readily available to minister the sacraments to students. The remaining priests primarily teach and celebrate mass. Spiritual direction is available as well.

Does the local bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) select or approve the appointment of your priest chaplain(s)? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does the institution have one or more campus ministers on campus (lay or religious, but not priests) who are available to students for spiritual direction? (Yes/No)

Upon request

Please describe the campus ministers who are not priests.

N/A

Does your institution offer Mass to students at least on Sundays and other days of obligation? (Yes/No)

Yes

On average, about what percentage of undergraduate students attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil Mass) during the academic year? 

100%

Does your institution offer daily Mass to students? (Yes/No)

Yes

On average, about how many undergraduate students attend daily Mass during the academic year?

90%

Does your institution offer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to students? (Yes/No – if yes, when and how often?)

Yes* – twice a month

* Frequency depends on availability of priests.

Are all of the Masses celebrated on campus reverent and in accord with liturgical norms and directives? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please list the schedule of Masses, noting the following for each Mass: the day and time, the Form or Rite of the Mass, and the style of music, if any (chant, traditional, contemporary, etc.):

Roman Novus Ordo Mass: 7:00AM (W, F) 12:05PM (M-F *Tu in Latin)

Extraordinary Form Mass: 5:30PM W 2-2 times a month

Byzantine Divine Liturgy: 5:30PM (M,W, Th, F), 12:05PM Sa, 10:00AM Su

Byzantine Vespers: 5:30PM *on feasts

Syro-Malabar Qurbana (Mass): 5:30PM Th

Does your institution offer Confession on campus at least weekly? (Yes/No)

Yes

List the schedule for Confession by day and time:

Confessions are every week on Wednesdays at 8:30PM immediately after praying the Byzantine Hymn to Our Lady, the “Akathist.” Confessions are also available anytime by appointment.

Does your institution offer Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at least weekly? (Yes/No)

Yes

List the schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by day and time:

Monday: 8-12, 1-10PM

Tuesday: 8-12, 1-10PM

Wednesday: 8-12, 1-11PM

Thursday: 8-12, 1-12AM

Friday: 12:00AM-12PM, 1-10PM

Saturday:

Sunday: 6-10PM

Please identify regularly scheduled devotions on campus for students such as the Rosary and prayer groups:

Common rosary: Daily, 8PM

Praise and worship: Wednesdays, 8:30-9:00PM

Akathist: Wednesday 8:00-8:30PM

Morning prayer: M-F 6:45AM

Compline: M-F 10PM

Does your institution offer retreat programs available to all Catholic students at least annually? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please describe any formal programs to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life:

Male students in ITI’s formation program are required to participate in daily worship, live in the cloister section of campus housing, make a spiritual retreat each semester, and are offered special classes on formation and seminars on pastoral topics under the direction of the ITI’s Rector of Formation.

If your institution has formal vocation programs, about how many students participate in them each year?

5-10

Are you aware of any graduates from your institution (not including seminary students, if any) who are ordained to the priesthood or have entered religious life? Please describe.

Yes. There have been several students at the ITI who did not come specifically for priestly formation who ended up discovering their vocation during their time at ITI. Two of these were converts from Protestantism.

Does your institution limit religious services and activities on campus (not including private prayer and devotions) to faithfully Catholic activities? (Yes/No)

Yes

Please describe options for students to reside on and off campus:

All students, with very few exceptions, live in on-campus housing

What percentage of students reside in housing offered by your institution?

99%

Does your institution offer only single-sex residence halls? (Yes/No)

No

What percentage of students living on campus live in single-sex residence halls?

75% This is the number of our student body that are single students. ITI also has many married couples and families where one or both of the parents are pursuing a degree.

If your institution offers co-ed residence halls, how are students of the opposite sex separated?

Student housing is comprised of four apartment buildings constructed around a common courtyard. Of those four buildings, one houses single men, another houses single women, and two house the many families that come to study at ITI, as well as some of the professors and their families. Since each building is divided into separate apartments, sometimes a married couple or small family will be housed in one of the single-sex apartment buildings if there is not room elsewhere. This is the only exception made to the single-sex nature of a particular building.

The two buildings which house families are naturally not single-sex, but it would not be correct to describe them as “co-ed.”

When are students of the opposite sex permitted to visit common areas of residence halls?

Students may visit common areas of either apartment building at any time.

Are students of the opposite sex ever permitted to visit students’ bedrooms? (Not including irregular “open house” events, once or twice a semester.) (Yes/No – if yes, when?)

Yes. Single students are only permitted to visit other single students’ rooms from 6 am-12 pm.

If students of the opposite sex are visiting students’ bedrooms, does your institution require that doors are fully open and lights on? Please describe.

Yes, there is an open door policy for students of the opposite sex visiting each others’ apartments. This is asked only of the single students however. Since many apartments house either a married couple, or a family, there are no requirements to leave the door open when inviting students into their apartment.

How does your institution foster sobriety and respond to substance abuse on campus, particularly in campus residences?

The undergraduate portion of ITI’s student body is only 1/3 of the entire student body. The majority of the community is comprised of older graduate students, priests, seminarians, married couples and families. Also living on campus with the student body are professors and their families. This creates a student life atmosphere completely unlike traditional college campuses where young students age 18-22 form the majority of the community.

This diversity within the ITI residence community, together with the fact that ITI students are very serious in their faith, has the natural result of a wholesome moral environment. Although there have been exceptions, on the whole, ITI has not needed to exert any pressure on students to drink responsibly. The maturity of older students serves as an example for the younger ones.

How does your institution foster a student living environment that promotes and supports chastity, particularly in campus residences?

All the comments made above apply to this question as well. Particularly since ITI has many classes in Catholic Marriage and Family studies, chastity and it’s practical implications are frequently discussed in classes, and among our students. This is the prevailing attitude among ITI students, who foster a great respect among themselves for the sanctity of the human body.

How does your institution foster Catholic prayer life and spirituality in campus residences?

Students are provided with an oratory in the residence buildings. Additionally, the two chapels used for mass are open throughout the school day. Adoration is offered M-F from 8AM-12PM, 1:00-10:00PM, and Friday’s all night. Students gather for common rosaries, and other devotions.

Additional Residence Life information, clarification, or description (optional):

Overall, the diversity of ages, vocations, and walks of life among the student body goes to create a “real-life” community on campus, rather than a community with a very restrictive age range. This makes many typical “college problems” not an issue for ITI. Visitors to ITI always comment on the beauty of the ITI community in residence, and the loving, welcoming, family-like feel of the campus.

Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…

foster spiritual development:

engage in corporal works of mercy:

address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):

address issues of social concern:

address particular academic interests:

address particular cultural interests:

provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:

please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:

As such a small institution, rather than having many formal programs, students are encouraged by the school and supported by the student body to undertake charitable action and extracurricular events (such as discussion nights, crafts, athletics, dance lessons, etc.) according to their interests.

If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division level.)

N/A

What athletic teams are offered for men and women?

N/A

How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?

N/A

Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching? (Yes/No)

N/A

How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?

N/A

Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives? (Yes/No)

No

How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?

Students at the ITI attend a Student Handbook orientation at the beginning of each academic year. The Church’s teachings on sexuality and chastity is both indirectly and directly a topic of conversation among students and faculty both in class and out. As regards access to pornographic material, due to the mentorship born from living in community, fostering virtuous friendships, together with the fact that ITI students are very serious in their faith, the natural result is a wholesome moral environment. Although there have been exceptions, on the whole, ITI has not needed to exert any pressure on students in this area.

Additional Student Activities information, clarification, or description (optional):

In order to obtain a residence permit in Austria, American students need to subscribe to Austrian national health insurance.

Has your institution’s diocesan bishop (or other competent ecclesiastical authority) officially recognized the institution as Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do your institution’s governing documents include or reference the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Not explicitly.

Do your institution’s governing documents or institutional policies require conformity to the General Norms and Particular (United States) Norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae? (Yes/No)

Yes

What is your institution’s mission statement?

The ITI’s mission statement rest on four pillars:

The first pillar is the founding intention of Pope John Paul II. The ITI was founded for the study of Catholic theology as a unified whole within which particular attention is devoted to the theme of marriage and the family. A solid theological formation is needed for Catholic leaders, lay and clergy, to achieve critical judgment in our culture and the capacity to contribute to the new evangelization, which is especially needed in the area of marriage and the family.

The second pillar of the ITI, also part of John Paul II’s founding vision, is its international character, its bridge function between East and West. About 50% of the students come from Central and Eastern Europe (the majority of them are Greek Catholic), others come from Western Europe and the Americas. This international character allows a genuine experience of the universal Church, which must “breathe with both lungs” (John Paul II) East and West.

The third pillar of the ITI is its pedagogy, which consists in studying the original writings of the great Masters of Theology, in addition to Sacred Scripture, esp. the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church. Contact with original texts develops an eye for quality, especially in theology. The great masters lead faculty and students most directly to the realities discussed in theology, above all God himself. This pedagogy also develops the virtues of active reading, attentive discussion and penetrating understanding.

The fourth pillar of the ITI is a rich Catholic community that lives and prays together in the same place and its close vicinity. The example of the Christian family life lived by many among the faculty and students offers the most persuasive and practically helpful evidence of the beauty and practicability of that life. It also encourages the formation of religious and priestly vocations and their blossoming.

Does your institution have a written policy prohibiting awards, honors, or speaking platforms for individuals or organizations that defy, by public action or statement, fundamental Catholic moral principles including the sacredness and dignity of human life and the sanctity of marriage? (See United States bishops, “Catholics in Political Life.”)(Yes/No)

Yes

Please give or explain your campus speaker and honoree policy in light of Catholic moral teaching:

Describe the makeup of your institution’s undergraduate student body with regard to sex, religion, home state/country and type of high school (public, private, homeschool):

Total number of undergraduates: 33

Male: 45% Female: 55%

Catholic: 100%  Other Christian: 0%
Jewish:  0% Muslim:  0% Other: 0%

Countries:

USA, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Norway, Slovakia, Ukraine, Italy, China, UK and Czech Republic.

Among students from the USA, approximately 50% have been homeschooled.

Most up-to-date information provided by the institution.

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Are prospective and current members of your institution’s governing board(s) informed of their responsibility for maintaining and strengthening the Catholic identity of your institution? (Yes/No)

Yes

Are more than half of the current members of your institution’s governing board(s) practicing Catholics? (Yes/No)

Yes

Do Catholic members of your institution’s governing board(s) make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Is your institution’s president a practicing Catholic? (Yes/No)

Yes

Does your institution’s president make the Catholic Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity? (Yes/No)

Yes

Contact

Get in touch with the International Theological Institute:

administration@iti.ac.at

+43 2253 218 08

Schloss Trumau, Schlossgasse 21, 2521 Trumau
Trumau, Austria

iti.ac.at

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