“Love science, but favour love”, St. Augustine writes in Sermon 354,6. In the course of its almost 900-year old history, Klosterneuburg Abbey has always been a centre of science and research of more than regional importance.
Significant scientific achievements mark its entire history. Here, scientific research has never been limited to theology alone; in the Middle Ages, for example, Klosterneuburg was a centre of astronomy. The map of Central Europe designed by the astronomer, geographer and later provost Georg Müstinger has a remarkable feature: the zero meridian runs through Klosterneuburg.
Today, scientific education and practice are also an important aspect of the lives of the canons. The young confrères are educated at the best centres of theological research in order to be prepared for the ministry to the People of God.
However, scientific activities and research go beyond the theological disciplines: historians, musicians, medical scholars and scientists are found among the canons as well.
Following a long tradition at the abbey, the confrères share their broad range of knowledge as academic teachers and acquire new knowledge in the various theological disciplines.