Thinking with St. John Paul II. JP2 Studies at the Angelicum in Rome – a one-year interdisciplinary program 2023/24

Would you like to draw wisdom from the sources of St. John Paul II’s thought and to search with him for answers to the most pressing questions of our day? Check out the one-year interdisciplinary program at the Angelicum’s St. John Paul II Institute of Culture! We invite religious and secular students of diverse academic backgrounds, to reflect on the heritage of St. John Paul II. 

Enrollment for the third edition of the one-year JP2 STUDIES program with the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture, through the Angelicum’s Faculty of Philosophy, is now open. The program will be held in the academic year 2023-24 at the Angelicum in Rome.

Students will be taught by outstanding experts who will revisit the works and teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, as well as present key issues in contemporary philosophical and theological thought. Among the Professors teaching in the program are: Sr. Helen Alford OP, Rémi Brague, Dariusz Gawin, Michał Gierycz, Fr. Jarosław Kupczak OP, Jean-Luc Marion, Monsignor Michael Nazir-Ali, George Weigel. Participants in the program will learn to think with John Paul II about the greatest challenges of our day. We will ask questions about the dignity and liberty of the human person, solidarity and community, modernity and tradition. St. John Paul II can help us understand the world in which we live. Let us together meet as disciples of this great Pope at the Angelicum in Rome!

Applications and registration requests can be submitted through this form or via email: [email protected]

The program has been created for students of diverse walks of life, interested in deepening their knowledge about the life, work and teaching of St. John Paul II. The program is geared towards clergy, religious and laity alike, especially:
– seminarians, priests and members of religious communities,
– students with a Bachelor’s degree and graduate students,
– researchers and academics,
– catechists,
– journalists specializing in subjects of faith and the Church.

During two semesters, the program will cover lectures and seminars, including required and elective courses which will be grouped into three blocks:
Foundational courses covering the life and work of John Paul II, the times in which he grew up, as well as the most important elements of his teaching. The courses are:
“JP2 – Life, Work and Historical Context” – Prof. George Weigel (Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.)
“JP2 and Philosophy” – Dr. Cezary Binkiewicz OP (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas)
“JP2 – Most Important Theological Issues” – Prof. Jarosław Kupczak OP (Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow)
“JP2 – Social Teaching” – Prof. Helen Alford OP (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas), Prof. Michał Gierycz (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw)

JP2 Studies have completely exceeded my expectations and I can wholeheartedly recommend them

Harriet Andrews, alumna of JP2 Studies 2021/2022

Lectures, seminars and practical courses focusing on key issues and challenges for the contemporary world and Church in the light of St. John Paul II’s teaching.

Courses are given each year by Visiting Professors. Among them have been: Prof. Jean-Luc Marion (University of Chicago), Prof. Rémi Brague (Université de Paris), Monsignor Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali (Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue), Prof. Dariusz Gawin (Polish Academy of Sciences), Prof. Marek Cichocki (College of Europe in Natolin), Fr. Prof. Franciszek Longchamps de Bérier (Jagiellonian University).

– Furthermore the program will include a special “JP2 Lectures” series of monthly lectures and accompanying seminars. The guest speakers in the series have included, among others: Joseph Weiler, John Finnis, Vittorio Possenti, Fr. Raymond de Souza, Mirosława Grabowska, Antoine Arjakovsky, Chantal Delsol, Andrea Riccardi, R. R . Reno, Fr. Thierry-Dominique Humbrecht OP, Francis R. Hittinger, John Milbank, George Weigel.

“Re-enacting Rhapsodic Theater” – a theater course and production of Karol Wojtyła’s play under the guidance of Prof. Jarosław Kilian (National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw).

Supplementary courses selected from the current curriculum of the Angelicum. The list of elective courses is determined jointly with the Deans of the Faculties of Philosophy, Theology and Social Sciences. These courses will help supplement and broaden the knowledge of the teachings of St. John Paul II in the wider philosophical and theological context.

The courses are held in English and are carried out on a full-time basis and in-presence.