Higher Institute of Religious Studies “all’Apollinare”


The Higher Institute of Religious Studies “all’Apollinare” (ISSRA) is an academic center of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, established on September 17th, 1986 by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The current Statutes, approved on January 22nd, 2010, acknowledge the provisions of the Instruction in Higher Institutes of Religious Sciences, promulgated by the same Congregation on June 28th, 2008.

The main purposes of the Institute are:

  • the theological formation of the faithful, laity and religious, through systematic study and scientific examination of Catholic doctrine;
  • preparation of pastoral workers for local communities
  • preparation for the various activities of the lay apostolate.

The Institute has a specific didactic methodology, which offers the traditional forms of on site teaching (lessons, written assignments, oral examinations) in a flexible form, suited to those who for geographical, professional or family reasons are unable to attend an Institute requiring daily attendance.

All didactic activity is carried out at the University.

The Institute fosters frequent dialogue between students and professors: lesson meetings are particularly important moments in this pedagogical relationship and therefore attendance is compulsory.

The dates of the meetings are indicated on the academic calendar.

Furthermore, a professor with the role of tutor is assigned to each student; the tutor's role is to help students resolve any doubts or difficulties regarding their studies, especially of an organizational or methodological nature.


In evidenza

The School of Philosophy, under the patronage of the Italian Society for the Study of Medieval Thought, on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (11:30 am, Aula Álvaro del Portillo), organized the Étienne Gilson Day Study on the topic Philosophy as a practice and as knowledge: medieval perspectives.

Giornata Étienne Gilson, "La filosofia come pratica e come sapere: prospettive medievali"

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, starting at 4 pm in the Aula Magna "Giovanni Paolo II", was held the second edition of the Feast of the University, in the memory of Blessed Álvaro del Portillo, our first Grand Chancellor.

Festa dell'Università, nella memoria del Beato Álvaro del Portillo

Le dimensioni metafisiche della natura

Dal 23 al 25 febbraio 2017 avrà luogo in Roma il Convegno internazionale di studi “Le dimensioni metafisiche della natura”, organizzato dalle Facoltà di Filosofia della Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (Roma) e della University of Notre Dame (South Bend)...

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