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.


    As it will be impossible to offer the experience we want for our students because of uncertain conditions, the Twenty-Ninth Annual Assembly of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, scheduled to be held in Cracow from June 29 through July 16, has been suspended and will not meet as scheduled.

    It is the fervent hope of the TMS faculty that TMS XXIX will convene in the summer of 2021.

    Planning is underway for “virtual” TMS events during July 2020, likely involving brief lectures and discussions, during July 2020.

    Applicants for TMS XXIX and TMS alums will be invited. Details will be forthcoming in June.

    Please pray for all those involved in TMS, including its generous benefactors, during this challenging time. And to borrow from our great patron, “Be not afraid!”

    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.

    Fr. Michael S. Sherwin OP
    Fr. Michael S. Sherwin OP

    Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology, and Director of the Saint Thomas Aquinas Institute for Theology and Culture and of the Pinckaers Archives, at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Sherwin’s research focuses on the psychology of love, virtue ethics, and moral development. Following the example of Fr. Servais Pinckaers, o.p., he seeks to read Thomas Aquinas in a relationship with his biblical and patristic sources.

    <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>Anna Janczyk</strong>
    Anna Janczyk
    Vice president of ITM

    is a journalist and pedagogue. She is interested in Polish history, literature, cultural differences and non-formal education. Anna works in The Tertio Millennio Institute’s office. She is a coordinator of the Winter Schools and the Tertio Millennio Seminar.

    <strong>Agata Kalamucka</strong>
    Agata Kalamucka
    Local coordinator

    is a masters student of Quantitative Methods in Economics and Information Systems in Warsaw School of Economics. She is an alumnus of the Tertio Millennio Seminar and the Winter School as well as involved in many activities organised by Tertio Millennio Institute. Agata is interested in swing dancing, jazz music and demographics.

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