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Letter from the Dean
Letter from the Dean
"A warm welcome to all who are joining the School of Theology at the University of Navarra at the beginning of this academic year as professors, students or service personnel.
The School feels enriched by your presence and receives you with pleasure and hope. We all desire as well that your stay with us be enriching and that you attain the goals you have set for yourselves; we also desire that your stay is pleasurable and rich in dialogue and friendship, that is, an authentic university experience.
The School already has a long history of experience in research and teaching. It started as a Theological Center in 1964. It was elevated to the rank of a Theological Institute in 1967 and erected by the Holy See as a School in 1969. Its academic degrees have full canonical validity and civil recognition. Hundreds of students have passed through its halls and now teach Theology and carry out the ministry of the priesthood in the most diverse places around the world.
Teaching and research at the School are structured according to a departmental model and organized into three Departments: Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology and Historical Theology. In addition to these Departments, there is the Institute of Church History, a research center. Students at the School thus have easy access to a wide panorama of Theology considered from different and complementary perspectives. They also find a suitable place for their research. The teaching and research offered by the School encompass the essential areas of theological knowledge. In this sense, we are very grateful for the generous service provided by the Main Library to the entire University of Navarra and, specifically, to the School of Theology: its collections contain over a million volumes and it is connected to the most universal systems for exchange and interlibrary loans.
The School also has an Institute of Religious Sciences, which was erected in 1997 and renewed according to the new regulations of the Congregation in 2011. The Religious Sciences programs offer students a systematic vision of the mystery of salvation together with specific knowledge of pedagogical, didactic and catechetical subjects appropriate for training teachers of religion.
Lastly, the School publishes three periodicals: Scripta Theologica, Anuario de Historia de la Iglesia and Cuadernos doctorales de la Facultad de Teologia, which publish a significant proportion of the research carried out at the School and, at the same time, are open to other researchers, as is the norm in a university setting.
In closing, I would like to share some words of Pope Francis that inspire us in our work to serve the Church and society and help give our theological work a sense of responsibility: "The Church, in her commitment to evangelization, appreciates and encourages the charisma of theologians and their scholarly efforts to advance dialogue with the world of cultures and sciences. I call on theologians to carry out this service as part of the Church's saving mission. In doing so, however, they must always remember that the Church and theology exist to evangelize, and not be content with a desk-bound theology." (Evangelii Gaudium, 133).
Dr. Juan Chapa
Dean of the School of Theology