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.


    We would like to invite you to the 31th edition of The Summer Seminar, organized by The Tertio Millennio Institute, The Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington, DC) and The Knights of Columbus. Especially we invite students involved in the life of their universities or social, political or religious communities and organizations.

    Taking place between July 3th and July 21nd 2023 in Cracow, it is available to students and graduates from North America and from Central, Eastern and South-Western Europe – Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia. Each year’s seminar group includes 30-36 students.

    Classes, given in English, will regard issues revolving around culture, politics and economy of the free society, democracy and capitalism. Lectures reflect on its contemporary history in view of the social teaching of the Church, particularly in reference to John Paul II (Centesimus Annus, 1991).

    The school is opened for people of all denominations and beliefs.

    We support 11 fellowships for Poland and 11 for East-Central Europe, which include tuition fees, lodging, meals and excursions.

    Students will have to cover only the travel expenses to and from Cracow!

    Deadline for applications is 15th May 2023

    Our Team

    Our Team

    <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.

    <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.

    <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> Jan Jaśkowiak </strong>
    Jan Jaśkowiak

    he is the President of the Tertio Millennio Institute Foundation. He has been associated with the Institute for 6 years. He started his adventure with the Institute from the Winter School in 2016. He coordinated the nationwide project Gift for 100 related to the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II. Currently, the Plenipotentiary of the Lower Silesian Voivode for the development of civil society and non-governmental organizations. Since 2014, he has been a councillor of the Świdnica City Council.

    <strong>Monika Woźniak </strong>
    Monika Woźniak

    currently an engineer in Applied Mathematics, she is completing her studies in the same field of study at the Wrocław University of Technology.
    She has been associated with the Institute since 2020. Project coordinator at the Tertio Millennio Institute. She attended the summer school in 2021 as a staff member. Involved in the service of the Light-Life Movement.
    She is interested in social activities and science. Her hobbies include sport, music and dancing.

    <strong>Jakub Horbacz</strong><strong> </strong>
    Jakub Horbacz

    social activist, humanist by nature, project and volunteer coordinator of Papal Competition, Simcha Festival, other cultural and social events. A graduate of the University of Wrocław and the University of „Tor Vergata” in Rome. He studied, among others creative writing, Polish philology and Jewish studies. Member of the Public Benefit Works Council. Finalist of the National Olympiad in Polish Literature and Language. Previously involved in the activities of the youth city council as its chairman, councilor of the youth voivodeship council, academic Radio Luz. Currently, he is professionally associated with the Lower Silesian Voivodship Office in Wrocław. He writes poetry in his spare time.

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