The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is an academic research center conducted by Saint Anselm College and established to promote and encourage the study of the life, thought, and spirituality of Saint Anselm of Canterbury, the patron of the college.

By means of its resources, facilities, and programs, the institute offers to the college's faculty and students and to the larger scholarly community the opportunity and means to bring Saint Anselm into living contact with the culture of the twenty-first century.

While the philosophical, theological, and ecclesiological accomplishments of Saint Anselm have historical value that the institute seeks to explore and articulate, it is a further goal of the institute to uncover their perennial value for the nourishing of Christian wisdom, the stimulating of reflection on critical issues, and the deepening of personal spirituality.



Programs & Events


Dr. Christian H. Gobel, Professor of Philosophy from Assumption University, will give the annual Saint Anselm Lecture on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Dana 1D. The title of his lecture is, “God, Salvation and Freedom: Reconsidering Anselm’s Theological Program.” All are welcome to attend.

The God of Creation
June 14-15, 2023

The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies invites papers for a conference on the Catholic doctrine of creation. Philosophically, of particular interest will be papers in metaphysics or ontology that consider the difference it makes to refer to God as creator or to the world as having been created. Theologically, special attention will be paid to the role attributed, since the writings of St. Paul, to Christ in the event of creation.

Plenary talks will be given by Kevin Clarke, Dean of the Institute for Lay Ministry, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and by Joshua Canzona, Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Selected papers will be published in The Saint Anselm Journal.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words to by February 1, 2023.


The Institute for Saint Anselm Studies is accepting applications for the 2023 John and Judy Paul Summer Research Grant, which is offered to doctoral candidates and those who recently completed doctoral studies (within last four years) working on some area of Anselm studies. The Institute provides the recipient with an opportunity to do research for a week in the extensive O’Rourke Saint Anselm Collection at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The exact period of the grant is to be decided by the recipient but will fall between the dates of May 22 and June 30. Travel reimbursement will be covered up to $1000, and housing for six nights will be provided with $50 per diem reimbursement for food. The recipient will have library privileges for the week. Special access will be arranged for times when the library is normally closed.

The application should include your name, academic affiliation, research topic with a brief explanation of the project (300-400 words), a current CV, and a letter of reference from someone familiar with your work. A report on the research of 3-4 pages will be expected as well as a citation in the dissertation or article if published. A copy of the dissertation or the article for the Collection would also be expected.

For more information on the O’Rourke Saint Anselm Collection, go to

Please apply through email or regular mail by April 7, 2023 to:
Prof. Montague Brown
Director, Institute for Saint Anselm Studies
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH 03102


Phone: (603) 641-7063