"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

FAQ

Do I need to be a Christian to join this course?

All people of good will are welcome at Aquinas. We do recommend that you come as an honest searcher, an adult with a questioning mind.

Do I need to bring anything along to the classes?

Most of the courses and workshops at Aquinas are informal. You might find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to jot down your own reflections and references for further reflection. However if you are studying for the Certificate in Religious Studies course you may wish to take more comprehensive notes for the assignments. Most courses have hand out material supplied.

Do I need to buy any other books to do the courses?

Some courses have a Reader that is produced as an aid which is available for purchase at the beginning of the course. From time to time the presenters my also recommend texts. Normally you will not need to buy any other books.

Are there course fees?

Yes, there are course fees. Aquinas is a not-for-profit adult education centre run by the Marist Fathers. Course fees cover part of the cost for keeping Aquinas going. If a genuine student is unable to afford the course, a donation is accepted. This should be negotiated beforehand.

Do you have a bookstore?

Yes, Aquinas has a small selection of books for sale, both new and used. We are also willing to order in books on request.