Institute of the History of the Church

Operating as part of the 'John Paul II' Catholic University of Lublin - Department of Theology, the Institute of the History of the Church (officially established in 1964) is the only institution - save for the Department of the History of the Church at the Rome's Gregorian University - preparing its graduates for teaching and scientific/research work in: Greek and Latin patrology; theology and patristic literature; history of the Church, as a broad concept (with respect to both universal and Polish Church), from the Antiquity till our contemporary time; history of orders and consecrated life institutions; history of theology; history of Christian culture; methodology and auxiliary sciences of history; editorship of historical sources; and, ecclesiastic archival research techniques and skills. The Institute's basic task is to pursue systematic methodical scientific research into the history of the universal and Polish Church across all manifestations of its activity and historical periods, set in a broad context of socio-political life, along with preparing specialised experts for independent creative scientific/research, teaching and ecclesiastical work, and, coordination of collaborations with other scientific/research centres at home and abroad.

The basic course of the Institute's studies is the history of the Church. The related faculty has two specialised areas to it: Patrology and Ecclesiastic Archival Research. Teaching and teaching methodology, being one of the Institute's priorities, includes course-related classes, extensive issues of specialised monographic lectures as well as scientific seminars fostering graduates-to-be for three degrees: master's, bachelor's (as part of the Ecclesiastical Law system) and doctor's.

The Institute of the History of the Church cooperates with a number of Polish and international scientific and/or research centres. Its students can be granted research scholarships to stay in such outward venues to broaden their knowledge and polish their scholarly and research skills, whereas Institute workers take opportunities there to present the results of their own research by presenting papers, delivering lectures and participating in joint research projects.