Building and Systems Upgrades
Based on inspections carried out by engineers and architects, it has been determined that several parts of the Posillipo complex are in need of repair both internally and externally. While we aim to preserve the classic beauty of the Institute of Theology at Posillipo, it is also necessary that we modernize several of the buildings’ systems. The existing
radiator systems will be removed, and the refurbished building will be equipped with energy efficient climate control systems. In order to preserve the precious resources in the library, an air-dehumidification system will also be installed. Upgrades will be made to the complex’s water filtration, storage, and heating systems. This will include the installation of solar panels, which will satisfy at least 50% of the annual energy requirement for the production of hot water. A more advanced fire extinguishing system will replace the current system and, in order to ensure security, a video surveillance and anti-intrusion detection system will be installed.
While our teachings are rooted in Catholic tradition and history, our classrooms should fit the needs of the 21st century teacher and student. In order to achieve this goal, we will improve our use of technology by employing smart classrooms, distance learning, and upgraded electrical systems. We will also re-purpose some of our existing space to create new classrooms, study rooms, offices, research facilities, and tutoring centers.
International Teaching Collaborations
Presently, there are approximately 16,000 Jesuits living out the word of God across 122 countries. In keeping with the Jesuit spirit, we aspire to expand our program to collaborate with theological faculties and students all over the world. A fruitful, global exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst Catholics will contribute to the promotion and preservation of Catholic culture, tradition, and learning.
A vital piece of the renovation and revitalization of Posillipo will be the innovations in curriculum design and delivery. It is important to note that this does not change the foundational program our seminarians, religious, and lay people receive, which is critical to their formation. The instructional innovations will include enhancements to learning delivery using up-to-date technology for researching and understanding Church teachings, liaisons with other global academic institutions for an exchange of thought and perspectives, and a fresh look at the practical implementation of theoretical teachings in today’s world. Posillipo will retain its unique educational model, which began in 1910 when Pope Pius X entrusted the seminary to the Society of Jesus for the formation of seminarians. These seminarians are first assigned to parishes in Southern Italy. Many of Posillipo’s graduates also become influential theologians and theological practitioners who have broad impact in the global Church. The new structure and enhanced curricula will enable renewed critical thought, a renewed exchange of ideas, and a renewed application of knowledge and understanding. Theology -- study of the living God -- is dynamic, and fresh conversations and implementations are needed to address 21st century issues facing the universal Church. The renewal of Posillipo will be structural and practical. It will become an institution that will serve as a model throughout the world in other theological institutes.
Improve Programs for the Laity and the Public
Through the provision of new and improved classrooms and facilities, we hope to increase research and laboratory
activities, especially in The School for Advanced Studies in Art and Theology. With improved technological
systems, we will also begin to implement online courses.
We are proud that our collection of philosophical and theological works in the Library of St. Luigi is a part
of the National Library System. Unfortunately, due to architectural barriers, our library is not accessible to many individuals with physical disabilities. Our reconstructive plans will make the library available to everyone. Part of our wide scale renovation will include a variety of spaces to attract a culturally diverse audience. We aim to create exhibitions, workshops, and gift shops and multimedia services that will engage and inspire the public. One of the largest components of this project is the creation of a hostel aimed at families and youth. The hostel will act as a cultural center and will be situated in a popular area for visitors to the region. The hostel will ensure a steady source of revenue for the Posillipo complex, guaranteeing its future sustainability.