Institute for Ecumenical Studies



The Institute for Ecumenical Studies of the Angelicum is a specialised institute of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. Inaugurated on 23 October 2019 by Cardinal Kurt Koch, he is placed under the patronage of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. It is the only Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Rome.


  • Teaching: The Institute offers complete university education in ecumenism. It provides academic qualifications for clergy, religious and laity preparing to become teachers on ecumenism and ecumenical officers, or requiring ongoing ecumenical formation.
  • Research: The Institute also promotes theological research in ecumenism through the direction of doctoral theses and the organization of research seminars and public conferences.


  • A recognized tradition: the Institute builds upon the legacy of a long tradition of ecumenical studies within the Dominican Order. The Angelicum, in particular, was marked by the presence of pioneers of Christian unity such as Cardinal Willebrands, Fr. Yves Congar, and Fr Jean-Marie Tillard. Unique in Rome, an Ecumenical Section has existed since 1983 within the Faculty of Theology. The “Tillard Chair” in Ecumenical Studies was founded in 2003.
  • An exceptional context: the unique ecumenical context of Rome gives the Institute the opportunity of fruitful contacts both with Catholic ecumenical institutions as well as with other Christian traditions.



To believe in Christ means to desire unity; to desire unity means to desire the Church; to desire the Church means to desire the communion of grace which corresponds to the Father’s plan from all eternity. Such is the meaning of Christ’s prayer: “Ut unum sint”.

Saint John Paul II, UUS 9.