This successful transformation is the result of many years of efforts by the present Rector, Piotr Aszyk, SJ., and the previous one Zbigniew Kubacki, SJ, with the support of Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz and Father General, Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ. After obtaining the consent of the Holy See, the Grand Chancellor, Card. Nycz, Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw, raised the single-faculty university to the rank of an academy with three faculties.
In addition to the existing Faculty of Theology, the Institute of Social Sciences will be transformed into the Faculty of Social Sciences, and a third Faculty of Arts and Culture will be created.
The Catholic Academy in Warsaw is a joint work of the Jesuits and the Archdiocese of Warsaw. Seven clergy and religious seminaries and seven secular institutes from all over Poland are affiliated with the Academy. This institution is also a place of study for many students from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, and other post-communist bloc countries.
At present, the Academy offers bachelor studies in political science (3 years), a Master in Theology (5 years), a Canonical Licentiate in Theology (STL), a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD), and postdoctoral studies in theology (habilitation). The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the Master Degree in Theology, the STL, and the STD. The degrees and certificates of the Catholic Academy in Warsaw are guaranteed by the Polish state. They are also recognized by states all over the world, including the European Union.
The Collegium Bobolanum has a very long tradition, dating back to a small primary school founded by Jesuit father Piotr Skarga SJ in Połock (currently in Belarus) in the year 1580. This school gradually transformed into a theological faculty in 1737, and the Połock Academy in 1812. The College originally educated young Jesuits only. After several transformations, it finally moved to Warsaw and continuously expanded its educational offer. This Jesuit educational institution, despite the historical turmoil, continues to grow and develop its activities.
Original article written by Robert Wawer SJ.