For a number of years, degree candidates of the GTF have gone to Oxford and Rome to pursue courses, seminars, and workshops relevant and applicable to their graduate studies. In the spring of 1994, the relationships between the Graduate Theological Foundation and Oxford and Rome were elevated to a new and higher level of cooperation. This new relationship between the various programs of these separate and fully independent institutions came into being by virtue of a series of mutual agreements. These agreements are with the University of Oxford Theology Summer School and the GTF as well as between the Centro Pro Unione in Rome and the GTF. Foundation degree candidates may take their residency requirements in Oxford or a portion in Rome. This relationship has been created for the purpose of sharing mutual programmatic interests in the areas of ministry education and ecumenical dialogue. This relationship exists to nurture and share interests and activities which specialize in pastoral and theological education for ministry professionals, but it does not imply joint credentialing or infringement upon institutional autonomies.
University of Oxford Theology Summer School
Information on the Oxford Theology Summer School may be found by visiting the website
of the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. Information about each year's summer school is made available in the early spring. Students wishing to attend the Oxford Theology Summer School must register directly through the OUDCE.
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Graduate Theological Foundation students may attend the Oxford University Summer School in Theology for GTF course credit. Each week of the Oxford University Summer School in Theology is credited as two GTF Units of Study. Students may also attend the Oxford University Summer School in Theology for GTF credit in fulfillment of the Non-Project Option
With regard to the Oxford Theology Summer School, it might be said that if Canterbury provided the cradle for Anglicanism then Oxford has provided many of the leading intellectuals. During the religious and political ferment of the Reformation, Oxford played a pivotal role in events, witnessing the martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley. Anglicanism was shaped by Oxford scholars such as Richard Hooker and William Laud, while John Keble, Edward Pusey and John Henry Newman, in what became called the Oxford Movement, had far-reaching influence in England and beyond.
Oxford has also been home to many of Anglicanism’s best known missionaries and religious. But until recently, for most non-Anglicans, Oxford’s doors have not been open. In the last few years the Oxford Theology Summer School has provided a way for people from the world Church to taste and see something of Oxford’s glorious theological tradition.
Academic Coursework Policy
All papers written for the University of Oxford's Theology Summer School must be submitted electronically, to the Office of the Provost, within 90 days of completing the course or no course credit will be awarded.
The Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life maintains a relationship with the Graduate Theological Foundation for research and consultation.
Dr. Robin Gibbons of Oxford University is the Pastoral Director of the Oxford Theology Summer School, a member of the GTF’s faculty and Dean of Studies of Foundation House (Profile).
Centro Pro Unione
Information on the Rome Summer Course may be found by visiting the website
of the Centro Pro Unione.
The Centro Pro Unione, founded and directed by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, is an ecumenical research and action center. Its purpose is to give space for dialogue, to be a place for study, research and formation in ecumenism – theological, pastoral, social and spiritual. The Centro was inaugurated in 1968 and is situated in the heart of Rome in the historic and beautiful palazzo Doria Pamphilj on Piazza Navona. It consists of a major research library of three rooms, a meeting room and a large conference hall for annual conferences on ecumenism and the summer school program. The Ecumenical Library consists of 13,000 books and pamphlets, 180 periodicals, fully catalogued online with the ALEPH program, and node on the information network URBE (Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries); over 10,000 records of interchurch and interconfessional theological dialogues, both national and international, online and available through the URBE network; studies of the World Council of Churches; major world and regional ecumenical assemblies; confessional liturgy and spirituality; international survey of ecumenical centers; microfilms; and photocopy facilities, linked via modem to the Library of the World Council of Churches in Geneva through its “Direct Inquiry System.”
Academic Coursework Policy
All papers written for the Centro Pro Unione's Summer Course must be submitted within 90 days of completing the course or no course credit will be awarded.
The programs in Oxford and Rome offer intensive weeks of study during the summer consisting of lectures, tutorials, seminars and visits. Participants in the Oxford Theology Summer School choose two seminars each week. The Rome Programme in Ecumenical Studies is two weeks in length and involves daily lectures and visits to ecumenical sites of interest. The Interreligious Dialogue Seminar is one week in length.
Both the University of Oxford Theology Summer School and the Centro Pro Unione in Rome (the ecumenical study center of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement) coordinate with the GTF in planning and hosting these international programs. All graduate degree candidates must apply directly to the Oxford and Rome programs. Links to both institutions may be found on the GTF website. Applicants are accepted on space availability. Each Oxford summer session week fulfills two Units of Study; the Rome summer session fulfills one, two, or three Units of Study.
All study completed in both Oxford and Rome is reflected on the candidate’s transcript. Post-residency response papers on the program topics for both the Oxford and the Rome sessions must be submitted within 90 days of completion of the course. A required reading list is provided prior to attendance in conjunction with each summer session.
The Director of the Centro Pro Unione and the Summer School in Rome is Father James Puglisi, S.A., Ph.D., S.T.D., a member of the ecumenical faculty of the Angelicum in Rome and a member of the GTF’s faculty (Profile
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