John Paul II Institute

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Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America
Latin: Pontificium Institutum Joannes Paulus II Studiorum Matrimonii ac Familiae Vashintoniae
Established 1988
Type Private, Pontifical, Graduate School
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Chancellor Agostino Cardinal Vallini
President Rev. Msgr. Livio Melina
Vice-president Carl A. Anderson
Vice-Chancellor Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Dean Rev. Antonio Lopez
Academic staff
Location Washington, D.C.
Campus Urban

The John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America is a satellite session of the central session at the Lateran University in Rome.

The Washington session was founded in 1988 at the request of then-Archbishop of Washington Cardinal James Hickey and Virgil C. Dechant, who was then Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.[2]


The Institute is located in McGivney Hall on the campus of Catholic University in the Brookland section of Washington, DC. It was previously housed at the nearby Dominican House of Studies, and later at McCormick Pavilion.


Despite its name and location, the Institute is juridically separate from Catholic University. It falls under the authority of the Grand Chancellor and President at the Roman session of the Institute, Cardinal Agostino Vallini and Monsignor Livio Melina, respectively. Locally, it is governed by a Vice-Chancellor, who is always the archbishop of Washington, and a Vice-President, currently Carl A. Anderson.


The Washington session offers programs leading to the pontifical degrees of Doctor and Licentiate of Sacred Theology with special emphasis in marriage and family studies. It also confers the degrees of Ph.D. in Theology and Master of Theological Studies, both also specialized in marriage and family.

In 2007, the Institute began offering an additional track for the M.T.S. degree focusing on biotechnology and ethics.


The Institute is home to the North American edition of the theological journal Communio. The Institute's former dean and provost, David Schindler, serves as editor-in-chief of the journal, and many other faculty members serve on its editorial board and are frequent contributors.

The faculty also joined that of the worldwide Institute to contribute to a 2006 collection of essays entitled The Way of Love reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est.


  1. ^ "John Paul II Institute > Faculty". John Paul II Institute. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ "About the Institute > History". John Paul II Institute. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 

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