Sheep at the ITI!

October 20th, 2012 by Web Master

Our faithful and skilled gardeners, Lukas and Franz, have brought a great and unusual surprise to the ITI: 18 sheep and goats, on loan from a nearby farmer, to tend to our Schloss’s fall garden overgrowth! If it seems like a joke to you at first read, you are in good company.  As a few of us walked to Thursday night’s lecture (on the Filioque, given by our own Dr. Alan Fimister), one of the …Read More

ITI students witness to life in Vienna despite opposition

October 11th, 2012 by Web Master

The 6th World Congress of Life continued in Vienna on Saturday 6th of October with Mass and a planned vigil outside the city’s biggest abortion mill. The atmosphere around the church Maria vom Siege before Mass was tense as the organisers were expecting some form of protest there. At the Mass Monseigneur James Reilly, founder of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, said that witnessing to life at modern day Calvary was always effective even …Read More

Pro-life march in Berlin

September 28th, 2012 by Web Master

This past weekend, 3 vans full of ITI students and a couple of staff members headed to Berlin for the “Marsche fur das Leben (March for Life).” After a full day of driving, they were heartily welcomed in the city by Berlin’s Youth for Life, and made their home for the weekend in one of the nicest European hostels anyone here has yet seen in their travels. After Saturday morning’s generous hostel breakfast, the students …Read More

ITI adventures–recent and upcoming

September 19th, 2012 by Web Master

Heads up: watch for blog updates coming next week about ITI student adventures! One of these is the now-yearly tradition of a 7-hour hike to the nearby  11th-century Cistercian monastery and home of a relic of the True Cross of Christ, which a large portion of the student body and staff undertook on September 9th.  Another coming-soon update is about the ITI trip taken this last weekend into the centre of Europe’s cultural capital, the …Read More

The ITI choir commences another year of praise

September 14th, 2012 by Web Master

On Saturday, the ITI choir met officially for the first time of the 2012-13 academic year to test voices, learn a Taize hymn, and get to know each other—obviously, in ITI style, over a few snacks.  With a whopping 21-member start, and the group already coming together well, the year looks promising. Directed by one of our seminarians and co-organized by another student, the choir serves as an enjoyable break from the heavy rhythm of …Read More

The Irish, St. Thomas and St. Thérèse

September 12th, 2012 by Web Master

Over the summer, ITI Professor William Newton and a few graduates got together with others to start the first Aquinas Institute of Ireland Summer School.  Here is the Zenit article about it and the Institute’s webpage . In other news, you can now download or listen to the talk that ITI Rector Msgr. Larry Hogan gave on the “real” St. Thérèse at the ITI’s Studientag or Opening Day on September 3rd.  Look in the Spotlight section of the ITI homepage …Read More

Many Happy Years

September 6th, 2012 by Web Master

Dressed for the occasion, students and faculty met at Monday’s Studientag to unite once again in the ITI’s unique principles and pillars and reflect on the nature of studies at this little institute in the Viennese countryside. While the day was full of lecture and discussion, in line with the academic focus of the institute–including various topics from academic orientation to the role of Judaism in Christian Theology to the unique sainthood of the ITI’s …Read More

Movies and the Properties of the Resurrected Body

May 15th, 2012 by Web Master

Watching a movie is never a simple thing at the ITI.  First, you have the differences in native languages…so subtitles are a must.  Second, you have the problem of different senses of humor according to cultures.  Some jokes just don’t translate.  Third, you have to face the problems of likes and dislikes.  Fourth, people have different sensitivities.  It is a wonder we watch movies at all. Despite all these differences there is one thing you can count …Read More

Nostalgic for a Class from Pater Rupert Mayer at ITI? Read below

May 8th, 2012 by Web Master

Homily 3 May 2012 Mass Readings 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Psalm 19:2-5, John 14:6-14 John describes Philip and Andrew as those apostles who bring the people to Jesus, together with all their questions and needs. In this sense, the apostles intercede and pray for us. Jesus said to them about prayer: “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Some of you might say: “I …Read More

Way of the Cross

April 5th, 2012 by Web Master

There are lots of little Wayside Shrines dotting the Autrian landscape.  They are a lovely reminder to stop and pray.  Dr. Andrei Gotia would pass one such shrine in Trumau regularly on the way to the parish Mass.  He noticed that the crucifix was looking a little shabby after who knows how many years of weathering every storm. Dr. Gotia does a little wood-working in addition to his Latin and Greek professorship at the ITI and so he decided to do …Read More