The Female Theological College “S. Cecilia” was founded in Vitinia (RM) in 1974, with the intention of honoring the grand affirmation of the Second Vatican Council for which, between the more evident “signs” of our time, it must be counted the new conditions of women in contemporaneity (Paul VI, Message to the women, closing Second Vatican Council, 8 december 1965).
The mission of the CTF is the human, spiritual and ecclesial formation of women sent from their local Churches to study in the Roman Pontifical Universities, in order for them to be able, then, to perform a qualified apostolate in the local Churches (Theological and Philosophical Teaching, Ecclesiastical Tribunals, Communication and Education).
The CTF was created to integrate the academic training acquired in the Pontifical Universities and Institutes with a personal, spiritual and pastoral formation, which enables young women to enter the respective Dioceses with ecclesial and lay maturity.
While in the Faculties the students reflect on the faith, in the CTF they live the challenge of living it fully.
In the CTF they also discover and cultivate their female vocation in the world and in the Church.
«I am convinced that it is urgent to offer places to women in the life of the Church and to welcome them, bearing in mind the particular and transformed cultural and social sensitivities. Therefore, a more widespread and incisive presence of women in communities is desirable, in order that we may see many women involved in pastoral responsibilities, in the accompaniment of people, families and groups, as well as in theological reflection».
(pope FRANCIS, Address to Participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 2015)