The purpose of the Ph.D. program at the John Paul II Institute is the formation of students toward an understanding of person, marriage, and family, in accord with the mission of the Institute. The program prepares students to carry out significant research and publication and qualifies students for academic positions in universities, colleges, and seminaries.
The Ph.D. program is devoted to the study of the perception of the human person in all of its dimensions: philosophical, theological, anthropological, and scientific. Benefitting from the wealth of the Western and Catholic traditions, the Ph.D. program studies the central human and theological questions while it uncovers the basic presuppositions of the answers given by contemporary culture. Paying special attention to the work of John Paul II, the Ph.D. program examines issues specific to the person, marriage and the family while it also offers a full-fledged theological formation.
For John Paul II, the link between divine revelation and human experience indicates a fundamental aspect of the Institute: human love expresses itself in history also as culture. This reality communicates not so much transient and relatively limited customs or notions as a new mentality acknowledging that Christ reveals the meaning of time and history. This new culture, called to generate a "civilization of love", springs from and deepens in wonder the truth of being and invites the grateful gift of the whole self in response. This, at root, is what John Paul II meant when he stated that "the future of the world and of the Church passes through the family"(Familiaris Consortio, 75).
For a comprehensive picture of our academic programs, courses of instruction, and faculty members, please go to our website, www.johnpaulii.edu. For more information on the nature and purpose of the Institute, please go to http://www.johnpaulii.edu/about_us/page/nature-and-purpose-of-the-institute. For admissions questions or to speak further about the nature and purpose of the Ph.D. program, please contact the Institute at 202.526.3799 or send an e-mail to [email protected].