About Us

    About Us

    tthe Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society was founded in 1992 by Michael Novak, Rocco Buttiglione, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Father Maciej Zięba OP and George Weigel to deepen the dialogue on Catholic social doctrine between North American students and students from the new democracies of central and eastern Europe.

    The seminar follows the template of Pope John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus, exploring the three-fold foundations of the “free society”: a democratic polity, a free economy, and a vibrant public moral culture. With John Paul II, the seminar places priority on the moral culture. Drawing on the full tradition of Catholic social doctrine, the seminar addresses the classic themes of the Church’s social doctrine while also considering the challenges of our current circumstances: the moral crisis of global capitalism, secularization and the family, the rise of Islam in Europe, religious freedom, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, bioethics and the “culture of life” etc.

    In addition to more than two weeks of intense intellectual work, the seminar includes visits to sites that highlight Poland’s distinctive history and culture: Częstochowa, Auschwitz, the old Jewish quarter of Cracow, the shrine of St. Faustina, Wawel Castle and cathedral, and a walking tour of “Karol Wojtyła’s Kraków”. The program also offers an opportunity to partake in prayer and daily mass.

    Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, there is no tuition or room-and-board charge for the seminar, but participants are expected to assume the costs of their own transportation to and from the seminar. The entire program is conducted in English.


    Apply to Our Seminar

    Tertio Millennio Seminar is addressed to students and graduates under 35 years old.
    Please complete this form and send with required attachmentsit to our email address: seminar[at]tertio.pl
    In the subject line enter your name, age, and country of origin, for example: Jane Smith, 24, Poland.

    Candidates from North America should apply at www.eppc.org/apply.
    In case of any questions email us at the email address given above.

    Our Team

    Our Team

    <strong>Fr. Maciej Zięba OP</strong>
    Fr. Maciej Zięba OP

    philosopher, theologian, former Provincial of the Dominicans of Poland is one of his country’s foremost interpreters of the thought of John Paul II. A founder of the Tertio Millennio Institute: an institution dedicated to spreading Catholic social thought.

    <strong>George Weigel</strong>
    George Weigel

    is a former president and now Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. He is the author and editor of numerous books. Amongst his recent works are the internationally acclaimed Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II and Letters to a Young Catholic, dedicated to the alumni of the Tertio Millennio Seminar.

    <b>Mary Eberstadt</b>
    Mary Eberstadt

    Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is an American author and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She explores issues relating to American society, culture, religion, and philosophy. She is also widely hailed as “one of the most acute and creative social observers of our time” (Francis Fukuyama).

    <b>Stephen White</b>
    Stephen White

    is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. White’s work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues.

    <b>Russell Hittinger</b>
    Russell Hittinger

    is the Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory and The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.

    <b>Fr. William M. Joensen</b>
    Fr. William M. Joensen

    is a priest of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, IA. He holds the Chair of the Division of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at Loras College.

    <strong>Rev. Jarosław Kupczak OP</strong>
    Rev. Jarosław Kupczak OP

    from the Pontifical University in Cracow, is one of the world’s top experts on John Paul II’s Christian anthropology. He is the author of Destined for Liberty: The Human Person in the Philosophy of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II.

    <strong>John D. Mueller</strong>
    John D. Mueller

    is the Lehrman Institute Fellow in Economics and Director of the Economics and Ethics Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Mueller specializes in the relation of modern economic theory to its Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman origins, its practical application to personal, family, and political economy, and the interaction of economics, philosophical worldviews, and religious faith.

    <b>Rev. Raymond J. de Souza</b>
    Rev. Raymond J. de Souza

    is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston, Ontario. He holds a Masters degree in economics and politics from the University of Cambridge and is a frequent contributor to various publications including The National Post, The National Catholic Register, and First Things.



    <strong>Alfred A. Wagner</strong>
    Alfred A. Wagner
    Vice president of ITM

    is a theologian focused on the matter of resposibility in the theology, especially regarding the teaching of st. John Paul II. Since 2013, vicepresident of Tertio Millennio Institute and manager of the TMI main office in Krakow. He is also interested in classical music (a graduate of Primary and Secondary Music School in Wroclaw).

    <strong>Agnieszka Nowak</strong>
    Agnieszka Nowak
    Local Coordinator

    is an engineer, master’s student majoring in biomechanics and robotics at the University of Science and Technology and participant in the Dominican Study of Philosophy and Theology. She is interested in biomechanics, robotics and bionics but also in politics, music (especially liturgical) and in a broad sense culture. The Tertio Millennio Institute’s volunteer, the Winter School’s and the Tertio Millennio Seminar’s coordinator.

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