Studium Theologicum Salesianum
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Archive 2015  
Assembly ASSEMBLY OF THE TEACHING STAFF: Members of the teaching Staff gathered at 9.30am on the morning of 17th December for a meeting to discuss some important issues.After a prayer, led by Fr Moses Wanjala, the President, Fr Biju Michael, more
assembly ASSEMBLY OF THE STUDENTS: The second Assembly of the Students took place on Wednesday 16 December. The students began by individually evaluating each course taught in the first semester. After this, they gathered in the Don Bosco Hall to do an overall evaluation of the teaching-learning experience of the first more
Football STS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT: After almost three months of academic work this semester, on Wednesday 9th of December we had an opportunity to forget about the studies and upcoming exams for a while. This was because a Football Tournament had been organised by STS in Jerusalem. more
Tower of David VISIT TO THE MUSEUM OF THE TOWER OF DAVID: On the 10th of December 2015, the first year students embarked on a topographical outing to the Tower of David Museum.  The students started the visit by going to the top of the tower and were treated to a wonderful view of the Old City of Jerusalem. more
Conference Conference – “Women and Mitzvot (Commandments) in Judaism: The Studium Theologicum Salesianum (STS) had a conference “WOMEN ARE A SEPARATE PEOPLE?” by Rabbah Dr Melanie Landau which was held at 3:00 pm. in the in Auditorium Hall on the 2nd December 2015. more
Visit to Synagogue Archaeological Excursion: On the 26th of November 2015, the Studium Theologicum Salesianum (STS) had an archaeological excursion to three different sites in the region of Judea. These sites were: Tel Godet, the ancient biblical city of Maresha and the city of Bet Guvrin from the Hellenistic period. We first visited the Tel of Godet which is believed to have been already inhabited during the Bronze Age, and the Judean more
Visit to Synagogue Two New Diploma Courses Launched This year is special for the community of STS, because of the new projects that have been inaugurated. The Dies Academicus was therefore a great opportunity to officially launch the two new Pontifical Diplomas in Biblical Geography and History and in Interreligious Dialogue and more
Visit to Synagogue Conferal of Emeritus Status on Rev. Dr Pier Giorgio Gianazz: An important moment for STS community celebrated on the 19th November, during the Dies Academicus 2015, was the honouring of Rev. Prof. Pier Giorgio Gianazza as Professor Emeritus. It was a very significant moment for all of us, since Fr. Gianazza has been always an important person for the STS. more
Visit to Synagogue DIES ACADEMICUS: THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY AND ITS INTERPRETATION OF “THE VOCATION AND MISSION OF THE FAMILY IN THE CHURCH AND CONTEMPORARY WORLD”- DIES ACADEMICUS, the Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University (STS), hosted His Excellency Stanisław Gądecki, the Archbishop of Poznan more
Visit to Synagogue Visit to a Synagogue for the Shabbat Prayer: In trying to deepen our knowledge of Judaism, we, the Studium Theologicum Salesianum students of the triennium, took the opportunity to attend a Shabbat prayer at a Reformed Synagogue (a community of more open and liberal Jews). During the service, men and women sit more
Herodian Wall Old City Walls - Herodian Wall and Western Wall: Amidst the rainy days of the fall on Wednesday 10th November, we were blessed with a sunny afternoon even though most part of our fourth topographical visit was spent underground, mainly under the Muslim quarter of the old more
Vatican II The Heritage of the Second Vatican Council & 50 years after Nostra Aetate: On Thursday November 5th 2015, STS’s Students and Professors attended the Conference at Notre Dame Centre - Jerusalem organized by the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land on “The Heritage of the Second Vatican Council & 50 years after Nostra Aetate”. The conference was divided into three sessions. Each session concluded with interventions and questions from the participants. more
Dr. Marcie Lenk HISTORY OF ISRAEL AND PALESTINE: On Monday, 26 October, Dr. Marcie Lenk presented the history of the situation between Israel and Palestine to the students of STS.  Dr. Lenk elaborated her presentation on the demographics of the region where Israel is located as well as the composition of the lands that make up the Holy more
Jewish Synagogue A guided walk to the Jewish Synagogue and Shalom Hartman Institute: The afternoon of 13th October 2015, the 1st year students and some senior students of the Faculty of Theology, Jerusalem Campus, had a guided walk through the Jewish neighbourhood to the Synagogue and Shalom Hartman more
Israel Museum Guided visit to Yad Vashem - The Holocaust History Museum: In line with the STS program of interreligious dialogue, a guided visit to the YAD VASHEM – National Israel Museum, located in Jerusalem, took place on 14th of October 2015 for the students of second, third and fourth years of STS, under the guidance of Rev. Dr David Neuhaus SJ. more
Israel Museum Visit to the Israel Museum: The Israel Museum was founded in 1965 as Israel's national museum. It is situated on a hill in the Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem, near the Bible Lands Museum, the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   The most important current event is the celebration of the 50th Golden Jubilee of the founding of the Israel Museum. more
Trip to Galilee New Students of Theology: On the 8th October 2015, we the new students of the Salesian Pontifical University Jerusalem Campus had our study trip to Galilee. We were guided by Fr. Karol Kulpa SDB and Frs Matthew and Jaison accompanied us. We began with a visit to Jericho where we had explanations of its history along with the Biblical scriptures from (Luke 19:1-10) about Zacchaeus the tax collector and the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus from the Gospel of Mark. more
“FIFTY YEARS AFTER NOSTRA AETATE”- A revolution in Catholic Jewish relations in our times: In 2010, Rabbi David Rosen was appointed a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his work promoting the interfaith dialogue. He was the Chief Rabbi of Ireland and Senior Rabbi in South Africa as well as a member of the Executive office of the World council of religious leaders. He was also an honorary advisor in interfaith relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He received the Papal Knighthood in more
Bishop William Shomali’s Message to Theologians in Jerusalem: Reading and rereading the passage of the Good Samaritan, I asked myself: how can I reconcile this reading and the special circumstances of the celebration today? What does this gospel communicate to the professors and students of theology and biblical theology, studying and teaching in the holy city? more
Catholic Theological Institutes in Jerusalem Celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit: On 5th October 2015 the theological Institutes of Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF), Studium Theologicum Hierosolymitanum (STJ), and Studium Theologicum Salesianum (STS) met at St Saviour Church, near New Gate - Jerusalem for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at 9:00 more
Archaeological Excursion to Ashkelon, Shephelah and Lachish: We as a Faculty of Theology, Jerusalem Campus have done an Archaeological excursion where we have visited very important places which are mentioned in the Bible (O.T). more
Brother Pierre Lenhardt at the STS: On 23rd of September, we the students of the triennium had a guest speaker in Brother Pierre Lenhardt, NDS, eminent expert in Jewish Studies who has had four decades of teaching experience in Israel and elsewhere. He was invited by Dr. David Neuhaus to introduce the students to the course on more
Topographical Visit to the Mount of Olives: Visit to the Mount of Olives became the second milestone for the students of the STS (Studium Theologicum Salesianum). Fr Pol Vonck became a great help to us, to understand the history and the present situation of the places we visited. Our starting point was from a Mosque - the place of the Ascension of our lord Jesus into more
Opening of the Academic Year 2015-2016: The students and staff (coming from 34 nations) of the Salesian Pontifical University’s Faculty of Theology in Jerusalem opened its new academic year with the celebration  of the Word of God led by Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ssekamatte, M.Afr., Rector of formation of the Missionaries of Africa seminarians in Jerusalem. more
Topographical Visit to the Holy Sepulcher: On Saturday Sept. 12th the new Theology students of the STS had our first topographical visit of the year. Our destination was the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City. Before we began our trip, we were given a detailed introduction and history of the site by Rev. Dr. Pol Vonck M.Afr., Chief Museum Director of the Missionaries of Africa. more

INDUCTION OF THE NEW STUDENTS: This morning at 09.00 The new students of the Studium Theologicum Salesianum were introduced to the academic setting of the STS. The morning was led by Fr. Biju Michael, SDB, STS President. Fr. Biju introduced the Rector of the Salesian Monastery, Fr. Andrew Wong, SDB and the Registrar Sr. Mary Colman, FSE. more

graduation STS Ends the Academic Year 2014/2015 in Grand Style! “There is a time for everything, a time to start and a time to end”. On this 3rd day of June, 2015, the Studium Theologicum Salesianum brought its 2014-2015 academic year to a close in a grand style. This great day was graced by his Excellency, Most Rev. Guiseppe Lazzarotto, the Apostolic Delegate to the Holy more
Fissihaye Melles Gidey Rev. Deacon Fissihaye Melles Gidey defends his Baccalaureate Synthesis: 1 June 2015 stands out as one of the most significant dates in the academic life and priestly formation of Rev. Deacon Fissihaye Melles Gidey, SDB from Ethiopia. Deacon Fissihaye successfully defended his baccalaureate synthesis entitled “ ‘He can no longer have God for his Father who has not the Church for his mother (St. Cyprian)’ the mother hood of the Church and Mary as participation in the Mystery of God’s Fecundity.” more
RUSZNIAK Jakub Baccalaureate Synthesis Exam of Deacon RUSZNIAK Jakub: On a beautiful morning of June 1st 2015, Rev. Deacon Jakub Ruszniak, SDB successfully defended his baccalaureate synthesis entitled “The Family as the Sanctuary of Life and Dignity of the Human Being”. more

KABORE Yoro Léon is now a holder of Bachelor Degree in Theology!: May 30th 2015 stands out as one of the most significant dates in both the academic and priestly formation life of Deacon KABORE Yoro Léon, M.Afr. On this day, in the presence of a panel of three professors together with other observing lecturers and the students of STS and invited guests, Deacon Léon successfully defended his Baccalaureate Synthesis... more

Arcadius Puwein Baccalaureate Synthesis Defense of Deacon Arcadius Puwein, SDB
On the morning of 30 May 2015 here in Jerusalem, Rev. Deacon Arcadius Puwein, SDB successfully defended his baccalaureate synthesis entitled “Marriage and family find their identity and mission in the plan of God the creator and redeemer”. more
Sandy Habib Deacon HABIB Sandy defends his Baccalaureate Synthesis: Deacon Sandy Habib, obtained the Pontifical Bachelor Degree in Theology from Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem, campus of the Salesian Pontifical University. He successfully defended his synthesis on, "FOR I DESIRE KHESED AND NOT SACRIFICE:" READING THEOLOGY THROUGH THE GLASSES OF KHESED. more
George Denny KIZHAKKARAKKATTU Denny George
defends his Baccalaureate Synthesis

The Baccalaureate exam of KIZHAKKARAKKATTU George Denny (belonging to the Chur Diocese of Switzerland and native of India) was held on 28th May 2015 at 15.00 at the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University. more
Deacon Hurtado Solis Manuel Baccalaureate Exam of Rev. Deacon Hurtado Solis Manuel: Deacon Hurtado Solis Manuel defended his synthesis today. The topic of his synthesis was “Know that I am with you, I will protect you wherever you go” (Gen. 28:15). God’s presence in the Scripture, in Christ, in the Church, in the Sacraments and in the heart of humanity. more
Kristian Laygo Deacon Kristian Laygo defends his Baccalaureate Synthesis: The Student Laygo Kristian for his Baccalaureate exam presented his synthesis titled, “The identity of the laity in the theology of the Catholic Church: vocation, mission and challenges in the twenty-first century”. He began his introduction on a personal note by presenting the ‘the identity of the laity’ in a theological context of the Catholic Church from his own background. more
Dn. TRAN NGOC Phat Deacon Phat TRAN NGOC defends his Baccalaureate Synthesis
On 27th May, 2015, Dn. TRAN NGOC Phat, obtained the Pontifical Bachelor of Theology degree from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem campus of the Salesian Pontifical University by accomplishing his synthesis on "VERBUM DOMINI: CHRIST IS THE WORD OF FATHER, THE CHURCH IS ITS MINISTER, THE WORLD IS ITS FIELD AND THE CHRISTIAN IS ITS WITNESS." more
Rev. Deacon George Emmanuel Deacon Emmanuel George PHIRI defends his Baccalaureate Synthesis
Rev. Deacon George Emmanuel is a Salesian of Don Bosco from Malawi. Today, Deacon George has successfully defended his baccalaureate synthesis and obtained his Pontifical Bachelor of Theology from the Studium Theologicum Salesianum here at the Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical more
Rev. Fr. Vincent John Bosco, sdb successfully defended his thesis on, “The Christology of John of Damascus and his encounter with Islam and the modern perspective of dialogue with Muslims” on 26 May 2015. The defense was held in the Academic Suite of the Salesian Pontifical University’s Faculty of Theology, Jerusalem Campus. more
STS football match STS Football Match 2015 - Bicentenary of Don Bosco's Birth: In honour of the Bicentenary of Don Bosco’s Birth, on Wednesday 29th of April 2015 the staff and students of STS had a Football Tournament. It was an initiative of the Student Assembly of the STS, under the leadership of the Student Representative, Tomasz Sage. The entertaining event kicked off at 2:30 pm as scheduled in the Sacher Park in Jerusalem. Four teams were formed (A, B, C, D). more
Anna Koulouris CONFERENCE ON THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH: The STS Faculty of Theology, Jerusalem offered a series of lectures and conferences on Oriental Churches during this academic year. In this series it was privileged moment to attend a conference on the Greek Orthodox Church by Miss Anna Koulouris, a Journalist and specialized in Middle East studies. more


I still have in my eyes the pure beauty that only the solitude of the desert is able to give.  We walk in the desert as outsiders since we do not belong to that environment; but, somehow, spiritually all of us are born there.  There, we are called to return so to comprehend intimately that being free is to possess only the love of God and to be his sons and daughters. more

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On March 26, 2015, our Archaeological Excursion led us to Samaria, Jacob’s Well, and Mount Gerizim. We departed from the STS early in the morning at 7:45.  Blessing the day, Fr. Karol led us in prayer by reading Psalm 121, A song of Ascents: more



The students of the Studium Theologicum Salesianum, Jerusalem Campus, had the rare opportunity to visit some Palestinian Refugee Camps. In two groups the students and staff were lead by residents of the camps, through the AIDA and Dheisheh camps in Palestine on the 25th of March 2015. more



STS, Jerusalem 24/03/2015. FORETASTE OF HEAVENLY LITURGY: COMMEMMORATING, CELEBRATING AND LIVING. An anthropological, theological and liturgical reflection on African sub Saharan Music through Saint Augustine and Sacrosanctum Concilium. more


Book Presentation on ASCENT OF MOUNT CARMEL

It was on 17th of March 2015, when one of the STS students, Matthew Kurian, made a presentation of the book entitled ‘Ascent of Mount Carmel’, a book written by St. John of the Cross. The STS students and the Staff members were present at this book presentation. more



On the morning of March 12, 2015, the STS staff and student body made a very special visit to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem to meet the Patriarch himself, His Beatitude Theophilos III.  We had the chance to see the beautiful interior palace of the Patriarch.  The Successor of St. James the first Bishop of Jerusalem personally received more



On 10 March 2015, Fr. Peter Du Brul, SJ presented to the STS student body and staff his newly published book A New Compass for the Holy Qur’an.  Romero D’Souza welcomed and introduced the speaker to the more




On the 3rd of March, we the first year students of the STS had the opportunity to visit the Southern Wall of the Jerusalem Temple. We commenced our topographical visit at 1.30 p.m.  with our Archaeological Professor Fr. Joan Maria Vernet. more




THE CHURCHES THE APOSTLES LEFT BEHINDIt did not require much intelligence for someone to note and understand that Vladimir Plasek is a bookworm.The evidence was manifested in the book presentation done by him in Don Bosco Hall on 3rd March 2015 in STS, Jerusalem. more


Introduction to Oriental Spirituality:

On the 25th of February 2015, in continuity with the lecture series “Focus on Eastern/ Oriental Churches”, the STS (Studium Theologicum Salesianum) was privileged to welcome Rev. Fr. Frans Bouwen (M.Afr) for another lecture focused on Introduction to Oriental Spirituality”. more





The STS Publications, on 19 February 2015, released a book on Sacred Liturgy, written by the STS professor of Liturgy, Rev. Fr. Moses Wanjala, sdb, from Uganda. The book is titled, FORETASTE OF HEAVENLY LITURGY: COMMEMORATING, CELEBRATING AND LIVING.. more



Sabbath Meal

Sabbath Meal Experience of 4th Year Students: Jerusalem, February 20, 2015. As the sun sets in the horizon, Jews in every corner of the globe are invited to participate in the sanctity of the moment. For the Jews, Shabbat is an opportunity when they are able to draw closer to God. more


Don Bosco Bicentenary Lecture:The lecture by Rev. Dr. Pascual Chavez, on “The Preventive System Today” began with a song to Don Bosco led by the STS students, followed by a welcome speech from the rector of the Salesian community, Fr. Andrew Wong. When asked, “What is your educational system?”. more

Book Presentation

CHRIST OUR JOY: The Theological Vision of Pope Benedict XVI: Bro. James Samynathan sdb, is second year student of Theology at STS (Studium Theologicum Salesianum) Ratisbonne, Jerusalem Campus. Bro. James comes from southern part of India and is a Salesian of Don more

Book Presentation

The book presentation started with Br. Minh introducing the presenter Br. Erastus Chege.  Br. Chege is from Kenya and completed his Philosophy degree in Tanzania. The presented book is a classic work on the spiritual life. more

Second Semester

OPENING SESSION OF THE 2nd SEMESTER : On Monday 2nd of February 2015 the Students and staff of the STS, gathered to inaugurate the second semester of the academic year 2014-2015. more


WORKSHOP ON PSYCHOSEXUAL DEVELOPMENT: An exclusive two-day workshop on “Psychosexual Development” for the students of STS was held on the 20th and 21st January 2015 at the STS, Jerusalem. The resource persons were Bro. Peter Iorlano, F.S.C. and Sr. Maureen Cusick, N.D.S. The programme began at 8.45 a.m. with words of welcome by Fr. Biju Michael, the president of the STS. more

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