Sankt Georgen Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology
Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen
|Motto||Pietati et scientiae|
Motto in English
|For piety and knowledge|
|Type||College (higher education)|
|Catholic Church, Society of Jesus|
|Rector||Ansgar Wucherpfennig, S.J.|
|60 (14 professors)|
|Location||Frankfurt am Main, Germany|
The school offers a 10-semester Magister in Catholic Theology and a 6-semester Bachelor in Philosophy. Post-graduate students may earn the degrees of Licentiate (Lic. theol.), Doctorate (Dr. theol., Ph.D.), or Habilitation (Dr. theol. habil.). Additional interdisciplinary programs are offered as well.
Campus and Institutions
The campus, situated within a historic park in the Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt, contains the classroom building, the office building (Lindenhaus), the academic library, the college restaurant (Mensa), the major seminary, the college church, and the Jesuit community.
The campus hosts as well two institutions founded by the German Bishops' Conference: the "Institute for World Church and Mission (IWM)" and an Institute for Christian-Muslim relations ("Cibedo"). Its library, with more than 12,000 volumes, stands out as the largest library for Christian-Muslim dialogue in Germany. The main college library, which incorporated the collections of various Jesuit libraries and holds nearly 500,000 volumes, is known for its rich collection of Jesuit-related literature.
In the interdiocesan major seminary, 30 seminarians of several German dioceses, mainly of Limburg, Hamburg, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, are studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood. 20 post-graduate students, mostly priests, from all over the world are living in the same seminary, pursuing doctoral or licentiate programs.
The school was founded in 1926 by the Society of Jesus as an academic seminary for training candidates to the priesthood, initially only for the Diocese of Limburg, but soon for other German dioceses as well. Until 1951 the school was exclusively an (inter-)diocesan seminary, led by Jesuits. From 1951 until 1975, the school included two parallel institutions: the "Philosophical-Theological Academy" for diocesan candidates and the "Theological Faculty S.J." for Jesuit students. In 1976, the school began admitting lay theology students (male and female), and these quickly formed the majority of students.
In 1986, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, since 13 March 2013 Pope Francis, spent a few months at the Sankt Georgen PTH to consult with professors on a dissertation project, however he has not further pursued the project.
The 1993 college church and the 2005 classroom building are both notable works of modern architecture.
In 2009 the Institute for World Church and Mission (IWM) (German: Institut für Weltkirche und Mission) was founded. In liaison with the IWM stands the 2010 founded Student Initiative Rahel, which raises funds for disadvantaged students in Adigrat, northern Ethiopia, supports them with scholarships and accompanies them ideally.
- Oswald von Nell-Breuning SJ (1890–1991)
- Aloys Grillmeier SJ (1910–1998)
- Otto Semmelroth SJ (1912–1979)
- Norbert Lohfink SJ (born 1928)
- Rupert Lay SJ (born 1929)
- Friedhelm Hengsbach SJ (born 1937)
- Medard Kehl SJ (born 1942)
- Bruno Schüller SJ (1925−2007)
- Michael Sievernich SJ (born 1944)
- Jörg Splett (born 1936)
- Stephan Ackermann (born 1963), Bishop of Trier (Germany)
- Karl Josef Becker (1928–2015), Jesuit, theologian, cardinal
- Alfred Delp (1907–1945), Jesuit and philosopher of the German Resistance during the Second World War
- Farid Esack (born 1959), South African Muslim scholar and political activist
- Luis Ladaria Ferrer (born 1944), Jesuit, Archbishop, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
- Jean-Claude Hollerich (born 1958), Jesuit, Archbishop of Luxembourg
- Federico Lombardi (born 1942), Italian Jesuit, former director of the Holy See Press Office
- Juan Antonio Martínez Camino (born 1953), Jesuit, Auxiliary Bishop in Madrid
- Blessed Johannes Prassek (1911–1943), priest opposing the Nazi regime, one of the Lübeck martyrs
- Wolfgang Rösch (born 1959), priest, vicar general of Limburg (Germany)
- Jon Sobrino (born 1928), Jesuit and theologian (liberation theology) in El Salvador
- Michael Wüstenberg (born 1954), Bishop of Aliwal (South Africa)
- Lothar Zenetti (born 1926), German priest and writer
- "CIBEDO – English". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
- "Aufgaben, Geschichte und Bestände der Bibliothek Sankt Georgen" (in German). Retrieved 20 August 2017.
- Klaus Schatz (2001). "75 Jahre Sankt Georgen" (in German). Retrieved 20 August 2017.
- Hannelore Crolly (14 March 2013). "Bergoglio studierte einst in Frankfurt am Main" (in German). Die Welt. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
- Judith Breunig; Madeleine Helbig; Claudia Berg; Stefanie Matulla; Magdalena Strauch; Marita Wagner; Benedikt Winkler (June 2015). "Rahel - Ein Bildungsprojekt für Adigrat - Festschrift der Studierendeninitiative – Ein Blick durch die Zeit: 2010–2015" (in German). Rahel-Bildungsprojekt / Institut für Weltkirche und Mission (IWM).