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About the JPII Institute

The John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family is located in Melbourne, Australia. It offers unique opportunities for postgraduate study in:

  • the theology of marriage and family
  • bioethics
  • religious education and catechetics
  • the theology of psychology and counselling.

The mission of the Institute is to promote marriage and the family for the good of the whole Church and the wider community, within the context of higher education in Australia and education in theology.

The Institute offers students—lay people, religious and priests—a scholarly formation within the Catholic tradition. It specialises in the study of marriage and family, integrating an understanding of contemporary culture and the human sciences with the theological and philosophical teachings of the Catholic Church.

The John Paul II Institute in Melbourne was established in 2001. It is one of eleven full sessions and affiliated institutions worldwide of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, which has its central session in Rome.

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The Pontifical Institute and its campuses around the world were personally created by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II in order to deepen the theological, pastoral, cultural and ethical responses by the Church to the challenges which confront the dignity of the human person, marriage and family.

Students at the Institute in Melbourne benefit from expert tuition, offered by permanent staff as well as international lecturers who visit on a regular basis. One of our strengths is our world-renowned faculty—the learning, teaching and research at the Institute are informed by rigorous scholarship and diverse intellectual perspectives.

The Institute in Melbourne also includes a special focus on Bioethics, especially as it relates to respect for the dignity of the human person, for marriage and the natural family in the medical sciences and the delivery of health care.

The Institute has attracted students not only from all over Australia, but from South East Asia, North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Africa.

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority has registered the Institute in Melbourne as a private higher education provider and accredited its courses. The Institute is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students.

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