Our mission is to pursue research, teach, and publish on the traditions of the Eastern Churches in their theology, liturgies, patristics, history, canon law, literature and languages, spirituality, archeology, and questions of ecumenical and geopolitical importance.
The Pontifical Oriental Institute was born on 15 October 1917 by the desire of Pope Benedict XV, a few months after the creation of the Sacred Congregation for the Eastern Church. Academic life began on 2 December 1918. In 1922, Pope Pius XI entrusted the Orientale to the Society of Jesus.
Over 600 students have graduated from the Pontifical Oriental Institute. A number of the Pontifical Oriental Institute Alumni serve as Bishops both in Orthodox and Catholic churches. Our alumni serve in over 75 countries across the world!