Graduation Ceremony Features Papal Nuncio Archbishop Zurbriggen

Graduation 2013 Group with Papal Nuncio

8 June 2013 – The Papal Nuncio to Austria, Archbishop Dr. Peter Stephan Zurbriggen conferred the degrees on the ITI graduates this year in a beautiful ceremony in the Schloss courtyard. The twenty graduates came from Austria, Belarus, Germany, India, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, and the USA. The degrees awarded were for the Masters in Studies on Marriage and the Family, the Sacred Theology Masters, the Sacred Theology Licentiate, and three were awarded certificates for the one year Studium Generale program. The Nuncio expressed his joy at seeing that the ITI goes back to the sources and studies the great masters of Theology and Philosophy, with St. Thomas Aquinas pointing the way. The ITI choir, which just came out with a new CD, treated the graduates and guests to Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” from Psalm 42, which is the ITI’s motto. The ceremony ended and everyone was invited to a local heuriger for dinner where the guests were entertained by songs from the ITI children’s choir and a surprise rendition of “Gaudeamus Igitur” performed by the Papal Nuncio. To listen to a recording of Pater Rupert Mayer’s Graduation speech, click here.