Papal Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo

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Papal Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo
Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo
founding January 4, 1888
Sponsorship Roman Catholic Church
place Rome
country ItalyItaly Italy
Rector P. Dr. Bernhard A. Eckerstorfer OSB
Networks FIUC
Sant'Anselmo from the Piazza dei cavalieri di Malta

The Pontifical Athenaeum Sant'Anselmo ( Italian : Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo ; also Anselmianum ) is the international university of the Benedictine order based in Rome .


Sant'Anselmo was founded on January 4, 1888 for the university education of Benedictine monks from all over the world and was recognized by Pope Leo XIII. It is named after Anselm of Canterbury . Initially, the primary aim of the training was ordination , but higher degrees were soon awarded: the first regular doctorates took place in 1893. In 1896 the college moved to its current location on the Aventine , and in 1900 the new church was consecrated.


The university has made a particularly large contribution to the theology of our time through liturgical science. The teachers and / or students include: Joseph Gredt , Odo Casel , Kassius Hallinger , Cipriano Vagaggini , Adrien Nocent , Basilius Steidle , Adalbert de Vogüé , Emmanuel von Severus , Anselm Günthör , Benedikt Schwank and Basil Studer . Most of the Benedictines who worked as scientists, abbots and bishops in the 20th century studied or taught in Sant'Anselmo.

The heyday of St. Anselm, around the 1930s and 1950s, were monastic and scientific periods of glory. After the Second Vatican Council , the number of listeners decreased. Due to a reorientation in the area of ​​monastic education on the one hand and study reforms on the other, the institute had to adapt to a new era. In addition to the courses in philosophy and theology (Bachelor), specializations are possible in “Philosophy and Mysticism”, “Monastic Studies”, “Liturgical Studies”, “Sacraments Theology” and “History of Theology”, which end with a licentiate (Master). Since 1978 St. Anselm has awarded the academic degrees licentiate (SL.L.) and doctorate (SL.D.) in liturgical science. The university is sponsored by the Confoederatio Benedictina .

The audience, even if it still consists of young monks, has changed culturally in recent years: Today 16% of the listeners come from the USA, 15% from Italy, 11% from German-speaking countries and the rest from all continents. Everyday student life is characterized by the monastic prayer and takes place in the secluded tranquility of the Aventine. The "Collegio Sant'Anselmo" with 103 residents (2019) is assigned.


Well-known alumni

  • Ignatius Schachermair (1877–1970), Austrian Benedictine abbot in Kremsmünster Abbey
  • Benno Gut (1897–1970), Abbot Primate of the Benedictines and later a Curia Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Altman Kellner (1902–1981), Austrian Catholic theologian, musicologist and Regens Chori in Kremsmünster Abbey
  • Petrus Borne (1910–1976), Abbot President and Abbot of the Tholey Monastery, founded in 634
  • Paul Augustin Mayer OSB (1911-2010), Curia Cardinal; Student, professor of dogmatics and rector of the university
  • Anastáz Opasek OSB (1913–1999) Archabbot of the Břevnov Monastery in Prague
  • Magnus Löhrer OSB (1928–1999), student and professor for dogmatics at the university; Initiator and co-editor of Mysterium Salutis
  • Pius Engelbert OSB (* 1936), student and professor for church history at the university; 1999-2006, Abbot of Gerleve
  • Christian Schütz (* 1938), Professor of Dogmatics at the University of Regensburg; Abbot of Schweiklberg
  • Notker Wolf (* 1940), ninth Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation
  • Christian Haidinger (* 1944), Abbot of Altenburg Abbey and since 2009 Abbot President of the Austrian Benedictine Congregation
  • Albert Schmidt OSB (* 1946), student and rector at the university; Abbot praeses of the Beuron Benedictine Congregation
  • Benno Malfèr OSB (1946–2017), Abbot of Muri-Gries
  • Laurentius Schlieker OSB (* 1951), Abbot of Gerleve


  • Pius Engelbert: History of the Benedictine College St. Anselm in Rome. From the beginning (1888) to the present. In: Studia Anselmiana. Vol. 98. Rome 1988.
  • Pius Engelbert: Rom: St. Anselm , Schnell & Steiner 2007, ISBN 3-7954-6695-4
  • Pius Engelbert: Sant'Anselmo in Rome. College and University. From the beginnings (1888) to the present , 2nd edition, EOS Verlag, St. Ottilien 2012, ISBN 978-3-8306-7532-7
  • Mauritius Wilde OSB: formation. Ideas, institutions, experiences: Sant'Anselmo as the house of formation . In: Erbe und Einsatz 96 vol. (2020), pp. 173–175.

Web links

Commons : Sant'Anselmo all'Aventino (Rome)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Il Rettore Magnifico Stefano Visintin è stato eletto abate. In: Pontificio Ateneo Sant'Anselmo, accessed December 17, 2019 .
  2. Members. In: International Federation of Catholic Universities, accessed September 26, 2019 .
  3. Article: Abbot consecration P. Albert Schmidt OSB of April 18, 2008 on medals accessed online on April 18, 2008

Coordinates: 41 ° 52 ′ 58.6 "  N , 12 ° 28 ′ 44.2"  E