Feast of Bl. Kaiser Karl von Habsburg

October 21st, 2013 by Web Master

“Blessed be the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Mt. 5:9) Karl I (1887-1922), Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, said goodbye to his wife, Empress Zita. “I’ll love you forever”, he declared, just as he had eleven years earlier when they were married. Then he called his first born son Otto, to “witness how a Catholic and an Emperor conducts himself when dying.” The Emperor received the Sacrament of the …Read More

Walking Pilgrimage to Stift Heiligenkreuz

September 18th, 2013 by Web Master

(by Nataliya Veresh for the Centre of Eastern Christian Studies) The Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious, Holy and Life-Giving Cross continued for the ITI community on Sunday the 15th of September with a beautiful pilgrimage. More than 60 people of the ITI community including priests, professors, students and children walked from Trumau to the Cistercian Abbey, Stift Heiligenkreuz, which is dedicated to Our Lady of the Holy Cross. After a 7 hour walk, we attended the Mass in honor of the Feast of …Read More

Convocation: The Call to Martyrdom

September 7th, 2013 by Web Master

In Latin, the verb vocare means “to call”, and the prefix con- meaning “with” or “together”; hence, convocation literally means a “calling together”, an appropriate title for the opening festivities of the new year here at the ITI. This year marks the first time that the ITI has had new students inscribe their names in a matriculation book during the formal convocation ceremony to open the beginning of the academic year. The day began with the Divine Liturgy of …Read More

45th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae

July 26th, 2013 by Web Master

ITI Graduate and Norcia Monk, Fr. Basil O.S.B., gave a recent homily on the 45th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae.  It is entitled, “The Prophetic Lament of Christ Through the Ages.”  Read it here.

ITI at the Theology of the Body Symposium

June 26th, 2013 by Web Master

Four ITI students recently attended the 4th Theology of the Body International Symposium in Fatima, Portugal, from June 13-16th.  The symposium is dedicated to unpacking the teachings from the Wednesday audiences of Blessed John Paul II, and in reaching an increasing number of people around the world with its message.  This is fitting, as the ITI has strong roots with John Paul II, his Theology of the Body, and the late pope’s desire to strengthen …Read More

Women’s retreat in Gaming

March 20th, 2013 by Web Master

On the weekend of March 8-10th, 25 women from the ITI, single as well as married, attended a silent retreat in Gaming, Austria, in the town’s exquisite 13th-century Carthusian monastery.  This town, as well as the Kartause specifically, is special for ITI students as it is the place one of our chaplains, Fr. Juraj Terek, refers to as the ITI’s “nest,” due to the fact that it was the fledgling institute’s first home before moving …Read More

ITI celebrates the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas

March 14th, 2013 by Web Master

As a main patron of the ITI and patron of all Catholic universities, as well as the main source of content for study in the STM program, St. Thomas Aquinas holds a high place of honour at the Institute. For a number of reasons, it is better suited for the ITI community to celebrate his feast day according to the late liturgical calendar—thus, the students, staff, faculty, and administration gathered together on March 7th to …Read More

Habemus papam! We have a pope!

March 13th, 2013 by Web Master

At a little after 7pm Austrian time, excited cheers abounded at the residence buildings at the ITI, after white smoke poured from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel announcing that the conclave had decided on a new pope. ITI students, faculty, family and friends gathered in great anticipation to watch the projected live streaming of the announcement of our new Holy Father. Nearly the entire campus crammed into the St. Therese Common Room and joyfully received the …Read More

Single men’s retreat in Slovakia for ITI students

March 7th, 2013 by Web Master

This past weekend, a group of the single male students from the ITI attended a school-sponsored retreat at the Marianka monastery in the picturesque Slovakian countryside. According to the Marianka website, the monastery with its grounds is in “a calm green valley spoken about in legends and visited by kings.  For some [the monastery location] is a dreamt of place to live away from city noise; for others it is the ideal location of a Sunday walk around …Read More

Adopt a Cardinal

March 1st, 2013 by Web Master

Last night special masses of Thanksgiving were said for Pope Benedict XVI.  Now we are in the time of sede vacanti. But what a beautiful way to enter this period – with thanksgiving for what we have had in a Holy Father and with prayers for the future Pope.  I don’t know how it was announced in different parishes, dioceses or countries, but here the bells in all the churches were rung at 8pm.  We said the rosary …Read More