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Pontifical John Paul II Institute

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States
A longtime philosopher-friend of Karol Wojtyla once said that Wojtyla had always been occupied with understanding the human person in terms of love. The mission of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, in a profound sense, begins here, in this abiding conviction of the late Holy Father that love reveals the meaning of the person and, through the person, of all "flesh,"  the whole of creation 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



At the conclusion of the 1980 Synod of Bishops devoted to the family, the Synod Fathers called for the creation of theological centers devoted to the study of the Church's teaching on marriage and the family. Accordingly, Pope John Paul II responded to the Synod with the establishment of the Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family and the Pontifical Council for the Family.


The reading of literature, especially the great works of the past, is an indispensable part of learning.  There are two reasons for this: first, we contemplate and penetrate the image of man from the roots of our culture’s history, attaching ourselves, so to speak, as branches to the vine of our tradition so that it may continue to bear fruit. 


  • Humanum Books
  • Recent Faculty Publications
  • Theology of the Body
  • Humanum: Issues in Family, Culture, and Science
  • Communio: International Catholic Review
  • The Catholic University of America Libraries
  • Reflections on Marriage

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Student services

Student identification cards are available through the Catholic University Office of Public Safety in Leahy Hall. Dining services are also available at the Pryzbyla Center on The Catholic University of America campus. Parking permits are available to students for the Blessed John Paul II Shrine at 3900 Harewood Road, NE. 

Housing services

Students at the Institute live throughout the Washington metropolitan area. To assist students who are relocating to Washington for their studies, the Institute provides several resources on housing

Medical services

The Catholic University of America provides a comprehensive fire safety program for the protection of the campus community, coordinating personnel, and electronic and mechanical systems.  

Student Life

Campus life

In May 2006, the Knights of Columbus announced an $8 million grant for renovation of The Catholic University of America's Keane Hall to house the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.  In July 2008, the Institute moved into the refurbished building.  The building was renamed McGivney Hall. Dedicated and blessed on September 8, 2008, McGivney Hall now houses Keane Auditorium and other classrooms as well as the offices of the Institute.


The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family is authorized by the Congregation for Catholic Education to grant ecclesiastical degrees.

Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., United States