The Institutum Sapientiae (Institute of Wisdom) is an institute of higher learning in philosophy and theology under the direction of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross in Anápolis, Brazil. According to its statutes, which were definitively approved by the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Institutes on November 16, 2007, the Institute is specifically for the formation of candidates for the priesthood. It can also offer formation for members of religious institutes in classes separate from those given to the seminarians.
The Institute has been forming priests for the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, the diocese of Anápolis as well as other religious communities and dioceses of Brazil since 1984. Priests who have received formation in the Institute are now serving the Church in countries all over the world, including the United States, Mexico, Columbia, India, the Philippines, Germany, Italy and Austria.
The Institute offers a six year program (two years of philosophy and four years theology). In the year 2010 the Institute hopes introduce a preparatory year for philosophy. In all courses the Institute seeks to remain faithful to the Magisterium of the Church. In 1989 a delegate for the Congregation for Catholic Education realized an Apostolic Visitation of the Institutum Sapientiae. In the evaluation this same delegate wrote concerning the Institute: “I think that the idea of implanting the Institutum Sapientiae on the central plateau [of Brazil] of Great hope for the Church, was a prophetic gesture and one of great vision...there is being born a great university on the level of the most famous of Europe, with professors of high technical and professional level...Congratulations to the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross and their Institutum Sapientiae!” (Prot No. 480/89/3-481/89/3)
Regina Angelorum Seminary
The Canons Regular of the Holy Cross also are responsible for the Regina Angelorum (Queen of the Angels) Seminary. The buildings that are presently used for this Seminary were constructed in 1989. They originally served as dormitories for the seminarians from the diocese of Anápolis. In the year 2004 the construction of the diocese’s own seminary building on an adjacent property was complete. For this reason, these same buildings are now being used as a seminary for students who desire to study at the Institute coming from other dioceses or religious communities.
After some years of preparation, the Regina Angelorum Seminary was officially erected in the year 2008. There are presently sixteen seminarians who are residing in the Seminary. These seminarians receive their intellectual formation at the Institutum Sapientiae, and their spiritual and human formation in the seminary under the direction of the Rector, vice-rector and spiritual director from the Order of the Holy Cross. There is hope that more bishops and religious communities will begin to send their seminarians to Regina Angelorum.