Scientific Paper St. Augustine Institute (Frintaneum) in Vienna and Students from Diocese of Djakovo
Scientific Paper St. Augustine Institute (Frintaneum) in Vienna and Students from Diocese of Djakovo, authored by dr. Branko Ostajmer and dr. Ivana Horbec, was published in scientific journal Croatica Christiana Periodica, vol. 38, no. 71. The paper analyses the impact of St. Augustine Institute (1816-1918) as postgraduate institution for diocese priests in Habsburg Monarchy, on political formation of the priests from diocese of Djakovo. The schooling of 26 priests from that diocese was reconstructed using mostly not known data from the Institute protocols, and their later political and social work was analysed in the context their formation during their study in Vienna.
The research was financed by the Croatian Science Foundation.
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Imperial and royal higher institute at St. Augustine founded as postgraduate institution in education of diocesan clerics in the realm of the Austrian Empire, in historiography usually referred as Frintaneum or Augustineum, lasted for more than a century (1816 – 1918) and it was considered as a »nursery garden« of educated clergy. Because of its close relations with the ruling dynasty and royal court in Vienna, this Institute often was regarded as institution that formed ecclesiastical elites that were loyal to the state and interests of the dynasty. Basing their research on the examples from the Bishopric of Đakovo and Syrmia authors of this article have tried to investigate to what extend Frintaneum influenced scholarly and political formation of clergy, especially since during the acting period the Institute sent 26 priests to the bishopric. Within analysis authors also tried to answer two important questions: to what extent intellectual and spiritual formation of clerics at the Institute of St. Augustine and their success in college helped them in their individual professional careers in Church and state offices, especially regarding development of their dioceses?; to what extent Frintaneum achieved its goal as »nursery garden« of high positioned clergy loyal to the dynasty in the Bishopric of Đakovo and Syrmia? Revealing up to now unknown information from records of the Institute, authors have followed study, work and life paths of some students from the Bishopric of Đakovo and Syrmia. Based on such analysis authors have concluded that studies at the Institute did not significantly influenced political views of the investigated students, but only represented valuable scholarly background in their careers within the Bishopric’s seminary and lyceum in Đakovo