Instituto de Teología Pastoral Fray Martin

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Official name Instituto de Teología Pastoral “Fray Martín”, de la Diócesis de Chosica (Lima Este)

Pastoral Theological Institute "Fray Martín" of the Diocese of Chosica (Lima-East)

Country / Continent Peru/ South America
Director of the institute Calle Fray Martín s/n Mz F Lt. 12 und 13, Lotización Residencial del Descanso. Huaycán, Ate -Lima. PERU
Legal holder of the institute Dr. José Luis Pérez Guadalupe
Sponsor of the institute Mons. Dr. Norberto Strotmann Hoppe, MSCBishop of the Diocese of Chosica
Year of foundation 2000
Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers) * 3 people in full-time, specifically in the administration.
  • 30 professors/teachers in part-time

Staff members of your institute Priest: 5Religious: 3Lay people: 25
Contact Calle Fray Martín s/n Mz F Lt. 12 und 13, Lotización Residencial del Descanso.


Ate -Lima. PERU


Particulars of your pastoral institute

Official name

Instituto de Teología Pastoral “Fray Martín”, de la Diócesis de Chosica (Lima Este)

Pastoral Theological Institute "Fray Martín" of the Diocese of Chosica (Lima-East)

Director of the institute

Calle Fray Martín s/n Mz F Lt. 12 und 13, Lotización Residencial del Descanso. Huaycán, Ate -Lima. PERU

Legal holder of the institute

Dr. José Luis Pérez Guadalupe

Mons. Dr. Norberto Strotmann Hoppe, MSCBishop of the Diocese of Chosica

Vision / mission statement

Vision: To be an institute in 2021, which contributes on various religious themes and in the training of pastoral workers, proactively to the theological-pastoral reflection of Latin America. (See Plan Estratégico de 2021 de la Diócesis Chosica, Strategic Plan 2021 of the Diocese of Chosica)

Mission: We are an institute of pastoral theology, which promotes the pastoral theological reflection as a response to the urgent challenges of the church, through courses in theology, Bible and catechesis, with priority consideration of the laity.

Main areas of work

  • Theological, biblical and catechetical formation/education of pastoral workers.
  • Publications on various pastoral issues.

Addressees of your work (course participants[1])

Church staff, religious teachers, postulants of religious communities and all people who need a basic and systematic knowledge of Catholic theology.

Year of foundation

In 2000.

Organisational structure of the institute

Founding promoter: Monsignore Dr. Norberto Strotmann Hoppe, MSCDirector of the Institute: Dr. José Luis Pérez GuadalupeSub-director: Licentiate Juan Alejandro Ponce AlcántaraSecretary: Miss Olinda CrisanteEmployed professors/teachers: ca. 30

Number of staff (employees, freelancers, volunteers)

  • 3 people in full-time, specifically in the administration.
  • 30 professors/teachers in part-time

Staff members of your institute[2]

Priest: 5Religious: 3Lay people: 25

Qualifications of staff members of your institute

All professors/teachers are theologians and have in the large majority other professional trainings; many of them are lecturers at different academic centers.

Questions relating to the work of your institute

What pastoral options do you feel obliged to?

Our option is a church-sacrament-of-the-communion (cf. Lumen Gentium 1), which reflects in church the relationship of God the Father with the Son in the Holy Spirit. We are an academic community, which seeks the truth based on the diversity of thoughts and pastoral theological projects. A servant church that wants to satisfy the demand for training and to put the staff in their parishes in a service position. A church, which is disciple and missionary, in which every participant hears the Word of God attentively and opens up to a commitment to renewal, change and improve of the evangelisation methods.

What are the pastoral focus areas of your institute?

We consider the theological teachings in an accessible way for the communities/parishes, both in the development of research topics as well as in remote mode, which we perform.

What pastoral aims does your institute pursue?

  • To convey a fundamental and integral preparation to theological and pastoral interested lay people (men and women).
  • To contribute to the training of church employees to strengthen, improve and renew their pastoral impact.

What pastoral services does your institute provide?

  • The course "Theology in the correspondence course" (Curso de Teologìa a Distancia, CTD) which lasts two and a half years and in which 16 disciplines and two additional books on various topics of pastoral theology are being studied.
  • The course "Bible correspondence course" (Curso de Biblia a Distancia, CBD), which lasts at least 6 months.
  • Special courses pursuant to the needs of church employees, with the publications of the institute.

What pastoral processes have you initiated or accompanied recently?

During the year 2010:

  • Our professors/teachers in the parishes of our diocese offered lectures in the Bible month.
  • Since midyear several professors/teachers of the Institute work on training courses on New Testament and Christology.
  • We were/are involved in the development and dissemination of our brand-new "Plan Estratégico de la 2021 Diócesis de Chosica" (Strategic Plan 2021 of the Diocese of Chosica).

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

Our publications for catechesis of Christian initiation are very appreciated in the diocese and it is important to note that the majority of children come to prepare for first communion without having received baptism. In the Diaconia sector the publications “theology and social thinking" of Mons. Dr. Norberto Strotmann present theological reflections on various social issues considering the different realities that are present in Peru and Latin America.

We have two texts in the liturgy (liturgy and sacraments of the church) in the theological distance learning course, which allow to present the basic contents in summary form on a theoretical level.

See the publications that we have in each area, question no. 12.

What notion of God inspires your work?

  • An incarnated God, who is close to his creatures.
  • God the Father, merciful, righteous and full of goodness towards his creatures.
  • A God of Holy Communion, who invites His sons and daughters to live together with people who think differently.

In how far does Christian spirituality shape your work?

Our institute has a patron saint "San Martín de Porres," therefore so our work is characterized by his spirituality of service in humility and kindness, following the example of Jesus Christ. We are open to new challenges and try to do our best.

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?

  • Several sources such as: national and Latin American statistics; statistics of the new religious movements, etc.
  • Planning theories: the study of macro and micro environment; FODA analysis, which allows the participation of involved parties.
  • From the theological reflection the method: see, judge and act.

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

  • The approach of the communion that makes the church to a "place" with participation of all, of attentive listening and tolerance for other opinions.
  • The one of justice, where the qualified participation of the laity (men and women), contribute to build a more solidary and just church. [Error or omission, probably "contributes the participation"]
  • Approach of the integral liberation based on the social teaching of the church.

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

We have some diversified training alternatives:

  1. Courses:
  • Correspondence course in theologyLasts two and a half years and participants receive the Diploma of Theological Studies. Consists of 16 modules (books) for self-study and two additional books for practical application.
  • Bible correspondence courseLasts at least 6 months of study and participants receive a Diploma of Biblical Studies, consists of four modules and a supplementary book.
  1. Publications: (see next question)
  • Series Pastoral Theology
  • Series Quaestiones Disputatae
  • Series Sacramental Catechesis.
  1. Lectures:
  • Pastoral weeks etc.
  1. Workshops:
  • different and pursuant to the requirements of other parishes and dioceses.

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

  1. Correspondence course in theology (for self-study modules):
    LiturgyIntroduction to the BibleFundamental TheologyPhilosophical AnthropologyGod the Father CreatorJesus the ChristHoly spiritFoundations of Christian moralityTheology of the church and MariologyTheology of SpiritualityBioethics and family moralsChurch's social teaching

Church sacramentsGospel and Acts of the Apostles

Corpus Paulinum and Catholic EpistlesPastoral Theology

  1. Bible correspondence course (modules for self-study):
    Introduction to the BibleThe Old TestamentThe GospelsActs of the Apostles and Epistles of the New Testament
  2. Series Pastoral Theology (books):
    Sociología de la Organización Parroquial; Mons. Norberto StrotmannEcumenismo, Sectas y Nuevos Movimientos Religiosos; Dr. José Luis Pérez G.La Planificación Pastoral Estratégica; Mons. Norberto StrotmannManual de Evangelización Bíblica; Bible Team of the Diocese of ChosicaTeología y pensamiento Social y 3 y 4, Mons. Norberto StrotmannPastoral Bíblica; P. Tomás force OP
  3. Series Quaestiones Disputatae (books):
    Baja a Dios de las Nubes, Dr. José Luis Pérez GuadalupeLa Iglesia después de "Aparecida", Mons. Norberto Strotmann and Dr. José Luis Pérez G.
  4. Series sacramental catechesis (books):
    Catequesis de Confirmación. Catechesis book and confirmand bookCómo ser catequista; Brother Caceres GuinetCatequesis de Iniciación Cristiana. Catechesis book and participant book

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

The most important offering is the course "Theology in the correspondence course", which takes two and a half years and in which we so far have enrolled more than 10,000 students. Furthermore various publications, particularly regarding the seriessacramental catechesis.

How do you evaluate the work of your institute?

  • In qualitative terms, we see the effectiveness and efficiency of the functions of the staff, the process of the working period, the used strategies and tactics to achieve our goals, etc.
  • Quantitatively, we observe the number of students in the organized branches, the contributory professors/teachers, the time and the results, which is applied in the working period, both within and also outside our institution.
  • Besides, we perform a constant supervision and evaluation, which allows the preparation of an annual presentation for the diocese at the end of the year.

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

  • To manage the institute to reach more people who participate as students.
  • To promote theological reflection of the church according to Aparecida.
  • To participate in the development of the Diocesan strategic plan.

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

  • We have to announce the training courses every year and because of the characteristics of users it is difficult for us to predict the number of new enrollments.
  • The campaign of dissemination of our courses.
  • The limited funds for the publication of new books that need to be priced very low because our audience has low "income".

What challenges do you perceive for your institute at present?

  • To diversify the offer of pastoral training through other courses.
  • To make a re-engineering of course modality: for example, to change from printed material to virtual multi-media material.
  • To reach more participants, both in our diocese and in other dioceses who need our courses and publications.

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

  • To include new specialists in pastoral theology from other countries and to publish them for our institute.
  • To develop new issues of pastoral theology, which allow an integral education (folk religion and piety, educational pastoral, etc.) and new publications with a reasonable expansion and deepening of the topics that are already developed in the courses.
  • We hope to keep contributing to the reflection and debate of those issues that concern the ecclesial pastoral most.

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

Our institute is primarily lay, starting from the members that run and manage it up to the recipients of our courses. In this sense, the laity is our priority.

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)?

In our diocese we communicate through monthly meetings with the diocesan evangelisation commission. And through the evaluation, which will be published on the website of the diocese at the end of the year.

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

There is no dependence of the Peruvian bishops' conference but probably an adequate coordination with the different instances. There are various agreements of cooperation with the other dioceses in order to allow to enter our courses (especially the course of "Theology in the correspondence course") in the various provinces of the country as branches of our institute. Up to now we were able to set up more than 50 branches at national level.

What linkages/networks are in existence at national level?

Pursuant to the character of our institution, which offers training in distance learning mode for lay people, we have achieved good relations with various diocesan training centers, mainly to bring our courses in the provinces. We are also in close coordination with the catechesis commission of the Bishops' Conference.

What linkages/networks are in existence at international level?

We are a member and have attended several meetings of the Red de Institutos de Teología Pastoral des ITEPAL of the CELAM (Network of the Pastoral Theology Institutes of the Instituto Teológico Pastoral para la América Latina, Pastoral Theological Institute for Latin America of the Latin American Episcopal Conference).

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

We have no bigger cooperation activities with non-Christian religions; partly, because these are very small communities in our country.

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

There is a close relationship with the Concilio Nacional Evangélico del Perú (Evangelical National Council of Peru, CONEP) and the Unión de Iglesias Cristiana Evangélicas del Perú (Union of Evangelical Christian Churches of Peru, UNICEP), which are the two large Protestant bodies of Peru and represent 12.5% of the national population. We have done some academic events with them and we sell them some of our publications.

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

We are related with the Instituto Social de Estudios Cristianos (Social Institute of Christian Studies), with the Instituto Superior de Estudios Teológicos "Juan XXIII" (Theological College "John XXIII") in Lima, with the ITEPAL (Instituto Teológico Pastoral para la América Latina, Pastoral Theological Institute for Latin America, CELAM, Colombia), etc.

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

We believe first and foremost through the consolidation of the network of institutions at the regional level, because apart from the network ITEPAL, there is no larger knowledge and exchange between us. Second by comparing the work of the institutes on every continent, to see how far we can share experiences and research communicate with each other.

  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.