The Saint Thomas Aquinas Institute for Theology and Culture (ISTAC) is an Institute of the Theology Faculty at the University of Fribourg. It was created to promote the renewal of Thomistic philosophy and theology in dialogue with contemporary culture. The Institute pursues this goal by means of research, conferences, artistic projects and publications.


The Institute is run by the following members:

  Prof. Michael Sherwin o.p., Director and Professor of fundamental moral theology

Prof. Paul-Bernard Hodel o.p., Assistant Director and Associate Professor of church history

Prof. Benoît-Dominique de La Soujeole o.p., Member and Associate Professor of dogmatic theology

Prof. François-Xavier Putallaz, Member and Titular Professor of philosophy at the Theology Faculty (Fribourg).
Member of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC, UNESCO)

Magdalena Burlacu, delegate Member of the academic assistants and Assistant of Prof. M. Sherwin

Emmanuel Rey, delegate Member of the theology students.

Saint Thomas Aquinas Institute for Theology and Culture (ISTAC) - Bureau MIS 5236 A et B - Av. Europe 20 - 1700 Freiburg - Tel +41 26 / 300 74 34  - Fax +41 26 / 300 9700
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