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The Central Theological Schools of the Kingdom of Poland in the 19th Century

Author(s): Waldemar Gliński
Subject(s): History
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: theological school; Poland; priesthood

Summary/Abstract: A significant place in the system of theological education in the early Polish Kingdom was occupied by the Faculty of Theology at the Royal University of Warsaw. Apart from issues related to establishing the faculty, the implemented programme of studies, the profiles of professors, lecturers and students, which are already known to the literature of this field, the article presents also the collective image of its graduates and the scale of their involvement in patriotic, social, scientific and church activity. The following parts of the article are devoted to the Main Seminary, the institution, which until now has been relatively least known by historians. They discuss the creation of the Seminary, its funds, equipment, the implemented programme of education, the profiles of professors, tutors and alumni. The state of research and the source basis enabled the restoration of biographical data concerning 80 alumni. This group had become the basis for research, on which the attempt to reconstruct the collective image of the Seminary graduates was made. The last part of the present publication concerns the liquidation of the Main Seminary and the establishment of the Spiritual Academy. The chapter analyses the reasons why the Seminary was closed and the attempts aimed at maintaining the academic level of theological education, which were later crowned with the organization of the Warsaw Spiritual Academy. It was at that time the only high school in the Polish Kingdom, it is therefore of a particular significance in the history of the Polish Church in the 19th century.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 113-127
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish