GTF students who are interested in studying abroad this summer have the opportunity to study in either Rome, at the Centro Pro Unione, or in Oxford in the Department for Continuing Education’s Theology Summer School hosted at Christ Church College. Since the 1990’s GTF students have been taking advantage of the opportunity to fulfill some of their course work requirements at one or the other of these locations.
Centro Pro Unione Summer Course
For over 20 years, the Graduate Theological Foundation has enjoyed a formal relationship with the Centro Pro Unione, an ecumenical research and action center in Rome founded by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. This relationship allows GTF students to complete part of their graduate coursework requirements during the Summer Course at the Centro Pro Unione.
Information on the 2020 Centro Pro Unione Rome Summer Course may be found here
. Applications for the summer course open in the late summer or early fall each year. Students planning to attend the Summer Course in Rome must apply online directly through the Centro Pro Unione.
For more information about the Rome Summer Course, watch this documentary video below produced by the Centro Pro Unione.
Director of the Centro Pro Unione:
Professor of Ecumenical Theology,
Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm (Rome)
Fellow and Francis Joseph Cardinal Spellman Professor of Catholic Theology,
Graduate Theological Foundation
Since the establishment of the affiliation with the Centro, the GTF has sent dozens of students to study in the Summer Course. The course has an annual theme of ecumenical and interreligious movements while each of the three weeks also has its own theme. The Centro Pro Unione is located on the famous Piazza Navona in the heart of Rome. Students attend courses and are in residence at the Centro during the Summer Course.
Students attending the Summer Course may attend one, two or all three weeks of the course. Each week is valued at one Unit of Study and includes morning and afternoon lectures with excursions to sites of historical importance such as the Roman catacombs, the Basilica of St. Peter, the synagogue and museum, and the mosque and Islamic center, among others.
About the Centro Pro Unione
The Centro Pro Unione was founded by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement as 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 to the Library of the World Council of Churches in Geneva.
University of Oxford Theology Summer School
Since 1994, the Graduate Theological Foundation has enjoyed a formal relationship with the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE), the organizing body for the annual Theology Summer School. This relationship allows GTF students to complete part or all of their graduate coursework requirements during the Oxford Theology Summer School. Please contact the Office of the Registrar
for information regarding this option.
Visit our Oxford Profiles
page to hear from students and alumni about the experience of studying in the Oxford Theology Summer School.
Information on the 2020 Oxford Theology Summer School may be found here
. Students wishing to attend the Oxford Theology Summer School must register directly through the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education website.
About the Oxford Theology Summer School
The Revd Canon Angela Tilby
Diocesan Canon at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Continuing Ministerial Development Advisor,
Diocese of Oxford (UK)
Director of Studies for Religion and Theology,
Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Fellow and Alexander Schmemann Professor of Eastern Christianity,
Graduate Theological Foundation
Over the years, the Graduate Theological Foundation has sent dozens of students to the Oxford Theology Summer School where they earned credits toward their degrees at the GTF. The summer school is hosted on the campus of Christ Church College, one of the 37 colleges and halls that comprise the University of Oxford. Christ Church is home to Christ Church Cathedral and is also one of the largest and most beautiful of all Oxford campuses.
Attendance at the Oxford Theology Summer School is particularly relevant for GTF students enrolled in the following degree programs. If you are not enrolled in one of the following degree programs but are interested in attending the Oxford Theology Summer School, contact the Office of the Registrar in order to determine how this educational offering might fit into your degree program curriculum.
About Oxford’s History
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.