Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm

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For other entities named after Saint Anselm, see Saint Anselm's.
Anselm of Canterbury in whose honour the university was established.

The Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm (Italian: Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo) is an educational institute in Rome, established under papal jurisdiction.[1] It is an international Benedictine university, which offers courses in philosophy, theology and liturgy, philosophy and mysticism, monastic studies, languages, sacramental theology and theological history.


The University was restored in its present form by Pope Leo XIII in 1887,[2] created in honour of St. Anselm of Canterbury.

In 1952, the institution was given further recognition and flourished after the Second Vatican Council.[citation needed]


Sant'Anselmo receives students from Benedictine congregations from around the world to "provide theological training to Benedictines and other congregations of the Church Universal".[3]

The Institute was canonically established by the Apostolic See as a faculty of Sacred Liturgy of the Pontifical University of St. Anselm in order to promote liturgical science through research and teaching. As such it is empowered to grant, in the name of the Holy Father, the academic degrees of License (SL.L.) and Doctorate (SL.D.)

It is located next to the Church of Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino on the Aventine in Rome.

The university's library was established with gifts from various Benedictine congregations and the personal collections of Cardinal Dusmet Gaetano Bernardino, and has since grown to become a substantial source of theological research material.[citation needed] The current Librarian is Dom Luigi Gioia, O.S.B.

Notable graduates[edit]


Coordinates: 41°52′59″N 12°28′44″E / 41.88306°N 12.47889°E / 41.88306; 12.47889