Institut Supérieur de Sciences Religieuses, Cairo

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Official name Institute of religious sciences
Country / Continent Egypt / Africa
Director of the institute Francis Nouer
Legal holder of the institute Assembly of the catholic hierarchy of Egypt.
Sponsor of the institute Benefactors, school fees.
Year of foundation 1978
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) 25 teachers, two secretaries and five workers.
Staff members of your institute Priests, ordained people and laypeople
Contact 72, Rue Ahmed Said

Le Caire

L’Égypte

issrsakakina@hotmail.com


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Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Institute of religious sciences

Director of the institute

Francis Nouer

Legal holder of the institute

Assembly of the catholic hierarchy of Egypt.

Benefactors, school fees.

Vision / mission statement

Main areas of work

Pastoral and theological education of the laypeople

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Laity, ordained people, married people who are interested in priestly office.

Year of foundation

1978.

Organisational structure of the institute

A preparatory year for the introduction into subjects of human sciences (psychology, sociology, human right …etc.).

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

25 teachers, two secretaries and five workers.

Staff members of your institute[2]

Priests, ordained people and laypeople

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

Almost all teachers have licentiate and the majority have doctorate degrees.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

Pastoral and theological education of the laity and the basic further education of the ordained people.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

Courses and seminars.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

To train committed citizens and believers for the society.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

We have tried to introduce the “Lumko-Programme” in Kairo.

What does this mean for the areas of catechesis, deaconry and liturgy?

To train in every parish a group that organizes pastoral, catechetical and liturgical activities

What notion of God inspires your work?

A universal God for the human race.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

In the theory, in courses of theological spirituality as well as in the Holy Masses.

What processes do you use or develop to analyse reality? How are these elaborated and how are they linked to pastoral care? How do you pass these processes on?

Yearly public meetings and seminars.

What prophetic approaches does the institute put into practice with a view to shaping society?

A joined ecumenical course with the protestant seminary in Kairo.

What does the work of the institute involve exactly? (Framework conditions? Publications? Courses? Lectures? Congress?...)

Courses and trainings for personality building.

What magazines, periodicals, books, manuals, work aids, methodological instructions etc. does your institute publish?

There is none in the moment.

What do you consider to be the most important service of your institute?

Human, cultural, theological and spiritual education of the laity as well as the basic and further education of the ordained people.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

It is very important for the catholic and non catholic Christians and for the society.

What are the most important developments that you are dealing with at present?

To introduce a department for the psychological and spiritual assistance of single and married people.

What are the main difficulties your institute is confronted with in its work?

Problems regarding religious freedom and also sometimes financial problems.

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

What hopes, dreams and visions do you have for your institute?

That our institute takes a starting point towards being a catholic university.

To what extent does your institute support laypeople in the Church and in society?

More than half of the students are laity, who belong to catholic as well as non-catholic movements.

How do you communicate your experiences and results to the respective local church, to neighbouring local churches and to other addressees (e.g. institutions affiliated to you)?

To what extent does cooperation with the Bishops’ Conference of your country or with your diocese take place?

The head of the institute presents every year his whole yearly report by the assembly of the catholic hierarchy of Egypt and discusses it with the assembly and follows their pastoral instructions.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

With all catholic dioceses.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

We have endeavoured to link up our institute with the oriental institute in Rome as well as with other institutes.

What kind of interreligious cooperation does take place with non-Christian religions?

Muslim teachers teach in our institute and sometimes muslims study also in our institute.

What kind of ecumenical cooperation does take place with non-Catholic churches?

We have organized ecumenical courses in collaboration with the Presbyterian seminary of Kairo.

Which theological mergers/associations are you affiliated with (personally or as an institute)?

Almost all the professors studied in Rome and they maintain further the contact with their former universities.

How can we assist you with your intercontinental exchanges and with exchanges between the continents?

With materials which can help us in our work.


  1. It would be interesting to know among other things whether course participants are active at parish, diocesan or supra-diocesan level and whether courses are attended by priests, religious or laypeople.
  2. It would be interesting to know among other things whether the staff members of the institute are priests, religious or laypeople.