Roman Institute of the Görres Society

Science Center for History since 1888

From The Institute

Jonas Eger (* 2001 in Kempten/Allgäu) entered the St Jerome's Seminary in Augsburg after graduating from high school and began studying Catholic theology at the University of Augsburg in 2020. In 2022, he was sent to Rome to study at the Pont. Collegium Germanicum et Hungaricum there. Since then, he has been studying philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

I was born in Unna in 1997, started studying Protestant theology in Münster in 2015, completed the 46th year of theological studies in Jerusalem in 2019/20, and then studied in Göttingen until the ecclesiastical examination in March 2023, where I then started my doctorate. I am currently studying the history of theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant'Anselmo. I am particularly interested in icons and their ecumenical significance.

Johannes Schubert (* 2003 in Gera) began his master's degree in theology at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Erfurt after graduating from high school in 2021. He is currently studying at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome. With a wide range of interests, he does voluntary work in his free time and is a virtuoso organ player.

Joel Willi (* 2004) attended grammar school at the cantonal school in Solothurn, graduated this summer and is now beginning his studies in philosophy in Rome.

Daniele Calzetta (* 1999 in La Spezia) graduated in Philosophy and in Theory and History of the Arts and the Image at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan. After focusing on Platonic and Pauline thought, he continued his studies on the Church Fathers at the Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum in Rome. He also attended the PIAC.

Socrate al Cinema

Nicola Gadaleta from Molfetta, a second-year assistant at the Roman Institute of the Görres Society, received his doctorate from the Scuola Superiore di Studi Storici of the University of the Republic of San Marino on 20 October with a thesis on "The Cathedral Chapter of Bari from its beginnings to the early Angevin period". He is currently attending the prestigious School of Palaeography, Diplomatics and Archivistics at the Vatican Apostolic Archives.


An alumni group from the University of Passau led by Executive Director Doreen Müller-Murr visited the RIGG. The director led the group through the cemetery to a gravestone of Matthäus Hochmylner (d. 1720), a baker from Traunkirchen who became wealthy in Rome and donated 6000 guilders for the permanent maintenance of three students in his home in Passau, apparently for students of the Lyceum there. If that's not a model for ex-alumni who have become wealthy!

Alumni Passau

Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck / Stefan Heid / Michael Hetz

In September, the Bonn art historian and head of the Art History Section of the Görres Society, Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck, together with Prof. Bianca Kühnel from the Hebrew University, who is currently a visiting professor in Bonn, conducted a Rome excursion on the topic of "Rome-Jerusalem Interactions". The programme included numerous churches, but also the big synagogue. Furthermore, the group was guided to the Esquiline by the RIGG's responsible for history of art, Dr. Andreas Raub, the director explained the papal chapel Sancta Sanctorum. Of course, a visit to Campo Santo Teutonico was also on the agenda (see pictures).

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Michael Hetz (*1995 in Munich) studied history and Latin philology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He is working on a dissertation project in regional history entitled "RangOrdnung. High Medieval Nobility Associations in the Alpine Region". The work is supervised by Prof. Dr. Dieter J. Weiß and funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation.