About Us

The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas


The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) is a Dominican institution in the heart of Rome. It contains Faculties of Theology, Philosophy, Canon Law, and Social Sciences. The roots of the Angelicum reach to the medieval Dominican house of studies in Rome, founded in the XIII century, in which Aquinas taught. It presently offers education in Italian and English for students of about 100 different nationalities. The Angelicum collaborates with academic institutions from all over the world. Among its illustrious students belongs Karol Wojtyła, Saint John Paul II.

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Our Mission

The Angelicum offers university education where faith and reason work together. It forms students as virtuous leaders, capable of evangelization and promoting integral human development. Illuminating the present by the wisdom of St Thomas Aquinas, students, professors, and staff share in Dominican study, prayer, community and preaching.

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Taking our inspiration from Thomas Aquinas, the Faculty of Theology continues to transmit and deepen the theological Tradition of the Church by attentive listening to the Word of God, fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church, and sensitivity to contemporary questions.

Canon Law

Inspired by the teaching of Aquinas that canon law is a participation in divine law as human law is a participation in natural law, the Faculty of Canon Law provides students with a thorough formation in the current codes of canon law, including their theological foundations, juridical principles and practical applications.


With Aquinas, the Faculty of Philosophy believes that, in principle, reason can lead the mind to God and that it can offer insights into many general and fundamental problems of human existence.

The Faculty of Social Sciences contributes to the integral and sustainable development of society in the light of Catholic social teaching and the Dominican social tradition through the interdisciplinary formation of change agents in its teaching, research and community outreach.

Omne verum, a quocumque dicitur, a Spiritu Sancto est … All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said, has its origin in the Spirit.
St. Thomas Aquinas
A central locus of Thomistic thought

Who We Are

The Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum in honor of its patron the Doctor Angelicus Thomas Aquinas, is located in the historic center of Rome. It is dependent on the Holy See for its status as a pontifical university as outlined in the Apostolic Constitution Veritatis Gaudium, which also clarifies the parameters of Church authority and academic freedom. The Angelicum is administered by the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order, and is a central locus of Thomistic theology and philosophy.

A central locus of Thomistic thought