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Visiting Fellows

The Institute's Visiting Fellowship brings this year to the University two scholars whose research addresses issues arising at the intersection of faith and culture. During the academic year, each Fellow takes up residence at Boston College and makes two public seminar presentations on the work produced during the period of the grant. The Institute Fellows contribute to the intellectual exchange and inquiry within the University as they advance their own research. There are no plans for continuing this program in the future. Instead we will be developing a Visiting Scholars Program. Further information forthcoming.


The 2014-2015 Visiting Fellows:




Born in 1976, Cristiano (degree in Philosophy, PhD in Philosophy of Education) teaches history of education at the university of Parma.  His field of research is mainly 16th century education and especially the Jesuit education. He worked on critical texts and commentaries of 16th and 17th century classics of education, especially in and around the Jesuit order (Antonio Possevino, Juan Huarte de San Juan, Michel de Montaigne, Francesco Negri da Bassano). He also wrote a book on the Cursus Conimbricensis, the renown Jesuits’ philosophy handbook.

Humors and Will. The Early Jesuits’ Pedagogy.

This project is the advanced stage of research begun in 2008 with the critical edition of the Coltura degl'ingegni (1598) by Antonio Possevino SJ. I will try to reconstruct the outline of a specific way of understanding education, a real Jesuit educational philosophy, beyond the documented mass pertaining to the drafting of the Ratio studiorum.

This pedagogy shows itself clearly in a wide range of primary sources, and in a scattered jesuit literature mostly neglected by scholars till now. This literature shows a common Jesuit tendency foster both the importance of the natural inclination of the young and of the will and the psycho-pedagogical skillfulness of the teacher.

The natural inclination must therefore be favoured, but not at the expense of the growth of the whole man, a humanistic ideal to which the Jesuits remained faithful over the centuries. The interest of the research project for the Jesuit Institute lies, in my opinion, in this dimension of the longue durée that these cultural roots of Jesuit education continue to project into the present.

Contac info:

Telephone: 617 552 1620


Rafael Luciani

Prof. Luciani holds degrees of Doctor in Theology and Licenciate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome; Baccalaureatum in Philosophy  and Baccalaureatum in Theology from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome; and Licenciate in Education (with mention in Philosophy) earned from the Jesuit`s Catholic University Andrés Bello in Caracas. He has been engaged for several years in postdoctoral research activities at the Julius-Maximilians Universität in Würzburg, Germany.


He has been Director of the School of Theology and Coordinator for the creation of the Theology Area of the General Graduate Studies (for Lay Scholars) at the Catholic University Andrés Bello. Among his teachings, he is in charge of the courses on Biblical and Dogmatic Christology with several published works in the field. He also teaches Origins of Christianity and Mystery of God and several Topics on the relation between Faith and Politics. His articles, newspaper columns and interviews on political theology in the international media (El Universal, Aleteia and Radio Vaticana) are broadly followed by the public. Currently, he is a Profesor Titular (Full Professor) at the Jesuit`s Catholic University Andrés Bello in Caracas and Stabile at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.


Among his Books, we suggest: “La Palabra olvidada: de la significación a la simbolización” (1997), “Despertar a la abundancia de la vida” (2000), “El misterio de la diferencia: un estudio tipológico de la analogía en el pensamiento de Tomás de Aquino, Erich Przywara y Hans Urs von Balthasar, y su uso en teología trinitaria” (2002), “Hermeneutics and Theology in Sobrino`s Christology” (2008), "Iglesia y Estado" (2013) and his most recent Bestseller "Regresar a Jesús de Nazaret" (2014).

Contact info:

Telephone: 617 552 0887