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

On Saturday, May 13, 2023 (9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Room A202), the Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose all'Apollinare is organizing the annual AFE (the Italian acronym for “Love Family Education”) Study Day entitled On the Road to Marriage.


The speakers will be: Prof. Héctor Franceschi, professor of Canon Matrimonial Law, and Prof. José María Galvan, professor of Moral Theology, while Prof. Sipontina Beverelli will lead a workshop.


Saturday, March 11 and Saturday, March 18, 2023: training for high school teachers. For more information, view the event poster.
Participation in the event will be both online and in-person.
Registration is mandatory for both. http://eventi.pusc.it/iscrizione/

On Saturday, March 4, 2023, from 9 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m., L'Istituto Superiore di Scienze Religiose all'Apollinare hosted a study day, entitled “The Challenge of New Spiritualities and Post-Humanism.”

Participation was both online and in person

Giornata di Studio ISSRA - "Nuove spiritualità e post-umanesimo"

On Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall, the Holy Father Pope Francis will be welcoming an audience of the academic pontifical university and institutional communities present in Rome, made up of about 16,000 students from 120 countries on five continents.

The event, whose theme will be "Forming Ourselves Together to Evangelize," is promoted by the Conference of Rectors of Roman Pontifical Universities and Institutions (CRUIPRO)—of which Rev. Luis Navarro, Rector of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, is president—as well as by the association that brings together student representatives from the 22 institutions involved.


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