The School of Church Communications
The School of Church Communications was founded in 1996 in order to prepare communication professionals for ecclesial institutions.
Students can pursue degrees in the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Systematic courses are offered in four key areas:
The nature of communication and the elements upon which it is based.
The Church in its cultural context.
The theological, philosophical and canonical content of the faith and its impact on the identity of the Church as an Institution.
The application of these theories, practices and communication techniques to institutions of the Church, bearing in mind their particular identity. Special emphasis is given to how communication offices are organized, methods of communicating with the various interlocutors of the Church and the presentation of the content of the faith in the field of public opinion.
Research projects and conferences extend the School’s work beyond the classroom. On a weekly basis, the School of Church Communications organizes meetings for its students with experienced journalists and professionals in the field of communications.
Since 1997, the School has organized a biennial professional seminar that gathers hundreds of communication professionals from around the world to improve Church communications. The Poetics and Christianity project is an international forum for studying the intersection of artistic culture and expressions of religious faith, with a special emphasis on narrative and dramatic arts. It offers a meeting place for scholars and artist of diverse fields of expertise. Family and Media is a think-tank that examines how the family is presented in the media and how family associations can effectively communicate. Last but not least, the School of Communications is proud to host the intensive Church Up Close seminars for journalists who cover religion in mainstream media around the world.