New Rector of the Angelicum

March 26, 2012

Fr. Miroslav Konštanc Adam, O.P.
The Master of the Order, Very Rev. Bruno Cadoré, O.P.,  announced on 26 March 2012 that the Congregation for Education had approved the selection of Rev. Miroslav Konštanc Adam, O.P., as the new Rector (Rector Magnifico) of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, better known as the “Angelicum”.  Fr. Adam is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law at the Angelicum and serves as a professor on the Faculty of Eastern Canon Law at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.  He is a Dominican priest of the Province of Slovakia. The Angelicum is the Dominican University in Rome.  It was established as a Pontifical Faculty in 1906 by St. Pius X.  It became a Pontifical University in 1963, under the authority of Bl. John XXIII.  The Angelicum moved to its present site on Rome’s Esquiline Hill, the former convent of Sts. Dominic and Sixtus, in 1932.  Today, the University is no longer open only to Dominican friars and seminarians, but offers degrees to clerical, religious, and lay students.  Its former students include Bl. Pope John Paul II and Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Fr. Miroslav Konštanc Adam, O.P., was born on August 2, 1963 in Michalovce in Slovakia. He obtained a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Veterinary Medicine University of Košice (Slovakia) in 1987; following which he worked for several years in the field of Veterinarian Science. In 1989, he entered the clandestine Dominican novitiate in former communist Czechoslovakia.  He made his first profession the following year and his solemn profession in 1993.  He was ordained a priest in 1995.  In the same year, he completed his Masters in Theology from the University of Palacky of Olomouc (Czech Republic).  In 2001, he obtained his Doctorate in Canon Law from the Angelicum.  His pastoral ministry includes being the Chaplain at the University of Business Administration and serving at the Parish of St. Mary of the Snow in Bratislava (Slovakia).  In 2001, he was elected the first Dominican Provincial in Slovakia. In addition, he taught canon law at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Trnava in Bratislava and at the Theological Institute of St. Thomas Aquinas in Kiev in the Ukraine. In 2005, he was appointed Professor of canon law in the Faculty of Canon Law at the Angelicum.  In December 2009, he became the Dean of the Faculty of Canon Law and Vice Rector of the Angelicum. He also serves as a Pontifical Commissioner for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrate Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life in Rome.

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