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“The spiritual life is lived by charity.”

Thomas Aquinas
In III Sent. d. 38, a. 4, co.

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Program Description

The oldest Institute of the Faculty of Theology, the Institute of Spirituality at the Angelicum (ISA) studies spiritual growth in the Christian life. All Christians are called to grow in holiness: “living the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, the Christ” (Ephesians 4.15). The Institute is dedicated to studying the character of this growth.


Working from a holistic vision of sanctification in both the ascetical and mystical aspects of the Christian life, the Institute draws on biblical and patristic sources as developed by the Dominican tradition of spiritual reflection to offer a holistic account of Christian holiness and the call to perfection.



  • Instruction: The Institute offers a yearlong (two semester) Diploma program in Spirituality. The program has a twofold goal:
    • to help formators deepen their understanding of spiritual theology in both theory and practice;
    • to offer a time of spiritual and theological renewal for clergy, religious and laity at the heart of the Church.
  • Research: The Institute promotes research in spiritual theology through the ISA visiting fellows program, research seminars, public conferences and publications.



  • The saints and theologians of the Order of Preachers
    • The Institute draws inspiration and guidance from a heritage of over 800 years of experience and reflection lived and offered by men and women saints, mystics and theologians who have followed in the footsteps of St. Dominic.
  • A tradition of spiritual reflection at the Angelicum.
    • The Institute benefits from the generations of theologians, beginning with St. Thomas Aquinas himself, who, during their years of teaching in Rome, reflected on the mystery of the Christian life and our call to grow in Christ toward the perfection of charity and our participation in the life of the Trinity.

Plan of Study

Attainment of the Diploma in Spiritual Theology occurs when the following elements have been completed and passed, for a total of 38 ECTS:

2024-2025 Course Schedule

Admissions: New Students

For registration information for students who are new to the Angelicum, click the button below.

This page also includes information on prerequisites, language requirements, transfer policy and tuition fees.

Registration for Returning Students

If continuing in the same cycle of studies OR if beginning a new cycle of studies, currently enrolled students are asked to register for courses during the month of June as follows: 


Register and submit your course selections via the Angelicum’s online Portal:


Once the Dean’s office approves and confirms all of your courses via the Portal (you will receive a notification on the Portal that this has been completed), proceed to Step #3.


Pay all academic fees for the semester or full year (or at least the minimum deposit amount of €250.00 for the semester). Payments can be made online or in-person at the Administration Office by (1) credit/debit card or cash, (2) bank transfer. Online payments may be made here.

***If the student needs to obtain a “Certificate of Enrollment,” please contact the Secretariat General’s office directly at[email protected]

N.B. In order to receive such a certificate, the student must pay the entire academic fees of at least one semester.

2023/2024 Tuition Fees

Other Important Information

Adding / Dropping Courses

Students may add or drop a course or seminar during the first two weeks of classes at the beginning of each semester. The student may make the changes directly on the Portal. If the student has any question or concern, or if the student would like to meet with the Vice Dean, please make a request by filling-out this form.

Registering for Seminars

Please note that the Institute of Spirituality (Diploma in Spiritual Theology) has its own dedicated seminars (See the Course Schedule above.)

Registration for seminars is on a first come, first served Thus, students should be mindful to select their seminars as soon as possible. Students should never approach a professor and ask to be accepted into his/her seminar. If a seminar is full, the student must make a request to the Vice Dean. Requests may be made via this form.

In reconstructing the spiritual dimension of theology, the works of St. Thomas, profoundly nourished as they are by Scripture and the Fathers, provide us a precious and firm foundation, especially his conception of the moral life as ordered to beatitude and organized around the virtues. We need, however, to reaffirm the evangelical dimension of this teaching, which is clearly evident in the prominent role played by the theological virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit associated to the virtues.

Servais Pinckaers, O.P., La Vie selon l’Esprit, pp. 22-23