SAINT JOHN PAUL II
INSTITUTE OF MARIAN STUDIES
– MISSION AND PURPOSE –
MISSION AND PURPOSE
The purpose of the Pope Saint John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies is to instruct students from all walks of life in the intellectual and devotional study of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church.
Specialized courses include: Patristic Mariology; Biblical Theology, with special emphasis on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in salvation history; Marian Dogmatic Theology; Authentic Marian Shrines of the World and their History, meaning and purpose; Marian Spirituality and Devotions; and other areas of study with a special emphasis on Catholic apologetics.
Working with educational institutions, foundations and other Marian organizations, such as the Mariological Societies of the World, the Marianum in Rome, the University of Dayton in Ohio, the University of Lugano, the Pontifical Marian Academy International and the hundreds of other organizations and religious communities dedicated to Mary from around the world, the Institute will offer the very best academic and spiritual formation possible.
There will be opportunities for students at the Institute to visit Marian Shrines during the course of their studies, from Fatima in Portugal, to Lourdes in France, to Guadalupe in Mexico and other authentic Marian Shrines around the world. These visits would be seen as part of the devotional and spiritual formation of the student with every opportunity given to the faculty and student in order to receive a firsthand experience and to understand why Our Lady intervenes in the course of human history.
The Institute will also feature guest speakers including Roman Catholic cardinals, bishops and theologians to address students on specific areas of Church teaching to offer a full appreciation of its Marian mission and activities.