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About us

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Ecclesial spirit

Exchange of diverse cultures and traditions of the same faith

About us

The Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, established in Rome in 1991, is a priest-ly formation center that was born as a response to one of the most pressing needs of the Church, in the words of Saint John Paul II, to help diocesan bishops of the world in preparing future priests.

Ecclesial spirit

The most relevant formative principles of the Col-lege Maria Mater Ecclesiae are Christocentrism, integral formation, personal accompaniment, and a deep spirit of ecclesial communion. After the first years of formation in the diocese itself, the seminarian in Rome opens himself to the horizon of the universal Church. Rome offers future priests a privileged opportunity to consolidate their love for Christ, Mary, the Church, their ad-herence to the Apostolic See and the Vicar of Christ.

Given the internationality of the College, seminar-ians experience the catholicity of the Church in a live and personal way, through the exchange of diverse cultures and traditions of the same faith.

The Maria Mater Ecclesiae College is located 20 minutes from the Vatican City and 10 minutes from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolo-rum, where seminarians study Theology or a spe-cialization.