Bacolod was designated by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), through the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, as the seat of the Philippine campus of the Pontificio Istituto Giovanni Paolo II Per Studi Su Matrimonio e Famiglia, Rome. The Philippine campus will enable the people of the Philippines and the Far East to avail of the theological and pastoral reflections on marriage and family that the Institute offers.
The Diocese of Bacolod has taken the initial step by setting up the Pope John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. By God's grace, this Institute, having been operational for thirteen years, is already granted the status Centro Associato, a step towards becoming a Session of the Pontifical Institute of Rome.
Recognized by the CBCP, the National Institute proposes to deepen the awareness of the truth about marriage and the family in the light of the Nuptial Theology and Theology of the Body of St. John Paul II with the aid of various human sciences. Through scientific study and research on the human person, marriage and family, the Institute aims to train priests, religious and lay in the exercise of a more qualified ministry.
The Institute offers a two-year masteral degree course specializing in marriage and family recognized by the Commission on Higher Education. By virtue of the consortium, the University of St. La Salle grants the degree. It also provides summer program for students from other dioceses endorsed by their bishops.
Finally, by God's providence and by the continued inspiration of St. John Paul II, the Bacolod Institute will venture to establish a campus of Pope John Paul II National Institute in Manila.
This is in view of the need to provide students coming from Luzon easy access to study in the institute.
The Pontifical Institute was founded by the Blessed Pope John Paul II to offer
the whole Church its theological and pastoral reflections on marriage and family
without which its evangelization efforts will be lacking of its essential support.
It is a non-profit organization established to provide support to the Pope John Paul II National Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in pursuing its vision and carrying out its mission, a project of the PONTIFICIO ISTITUTO GIOVANNI PAOLO II PER STUDI SU MATRIMONIO e FAMIGLIA founded by Blessed John Paul II in Rome in 1981.