The Mission of the PIO pursues research, teaching, and publishing relating to 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.
To serve the Christian East today means that the PIO must become a fully modern university. This will mean opening up to other study centres and universities that deal with the East. It will require renovating and upgrading the physical plant. It will involve more support staff expert in communications and distance learning. The PIO must learn to use its well known resources for a much broader world audience in need.
In view of the dramatic changes in the world, and especially in the countries of Eastern Christianity, the PIO will review its course offerings in order to prepare its students for informed, contemporary ministry. New degree programs will be explored along with new pedagogical methods to aid in the formation of students and professors. The PIO must make better known to the West the riches and real issues of the East.
The PIO will refine its teaching methods and institute tutors to aid students of diverse languages and cultures. It will supply a long absent need for spiritual formation to accompany the intellectual through chaplaincy in the Jesuit tradition. This way the PIO will seek to form the whole person, to educate for critical thinking, and to prepare students for a new evangelization.
The Gregorian Consortium must move into high gear in order to offer its collective best. This will require coordinated departmental planning to enhance specialization and avoid overlap, creation of new degree offerings, and integrating infrastructures, such as, libraries, archives, digitization, and other services.