Portsmouth Institute student seminars, co-sponsored by the Christian Doctrine program at Portsmouth Abbey School, assist in the spiritual and intellectual development of select high school students by providing a forum for advanced discussion and critical thinking.

Students invited to student seminars display a keen interest in the humanities, an aptitude for conversation, and a desire to know more about the Catholic faith. While spiritual formation will be integral to the seminars, discussions will be open to Christians and non-Christians alike. Through various program offerings and special benefits, students discover the role of faith in our daily lives and in society as a whole, gain a deeper understanding of the importance of liberal education, and will develop the knowledge and experience that leads to strong leadership. These students will enter college prepared with the intellectual and spiritual grounding to defend their faith, and equipped with the leadership skills to help the Church’s evangelization – both at college, and beyond.

By integrating the Portsmouth Institute into school life, students will experience a new dimension of intellectual and spiritual life during their high school years.

Colloquium with Dr. Timothy Flanigan

  • Saturday | December 13, 2014
  • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Event Details: Dr. and Deacon Timothy P. Flanigan, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Brown University, went to Monrovia, Liberia in August, 2014, and stayed until early November to assist in efforts to battle the Ebola outbreak. Dr. Flanigan will talk with Christian Doctrine students about his experience working in the heart of the Ebola crisis, especially from his unique perspective as a Catholic medical expert.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He developed the HIV Core Program at the State Prison to provide care for HIV infected individuals and link them to community based resources upon release. He is also associate director of The Miriam/Brown Fogarty Program which trains and mentors overseas investigators in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Flanigan is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Providence, and serves at both St. Theresa’s and St. Christopher’s Churches in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Dr. Flanigan was the recipient of a community health leadership award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of outstanding primary care for underserved HIV infected individuals. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Salve Regina University for his support of educational opportunities for children of incarcerated parents.



Student Seminar with Former Swiss Guard, Mario Enzler

  •  Monday | November 03, 2014
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pmmenzlerpope

Event Details: Mario Enzler served Pope Saint John Paul II as a member of the Swiss Guard. Select Portsmouth Abbey School students will have the opportunity to discuss Enzler’s service, the role of faith in the call to serve others, and the legacy of Pope Saint John Paul II. This event is an invitation only seminar.

Speaker Biography: Mario Enzler was born in Alstatten, canton San Gallen, Switzerland, the only child of an Italian mother and Swiss father. Mr. Enzler received a classical education and graduated from the University of Milan (Italy) with a Master’s in Fine Arts in Music History and a Master’s in Business Administration. An accomplished linguist, Mr. Enzler speaks Italian, English, French, German, and Spanish. After completing his university studies, Mr. Enzler joined the Swiss Guard and served under Pope Saint John Paul II for three years. Founded in 1506, the Papal Swiss Guard now in the Vatican City State is the only Swiss Guard that still exists. In 2006, he was recalled to serve one month to help with their 500 year anniversary celebration.

Following this service, Mr. Enzler worked in finance as an investment banker, a career that spanned fifteen years. Presently, Mr. Enzler is the Headmaster of New England Classical Academy, an independent coeducational day school in the Catholic tradition located in Claremont, New Hampshire near the Vermont border.