"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)

 

Outline of Courses for 2019

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All Courses are held at Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney and include class notes. 

February 2019

Reading Graciously: Mercy and the Heart in St Paul and Pope Francis
Presenter: Robert Tilley, PhD
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, February 6, 13, 20
Cost: $120/person 

Development, Social Justice and Globalisation: An Experiential and Reflective Approach
Presenter: Joffre Balce, MSc Industrial Eonomics
When: 4 Friday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, Feb 8, 15, 22, Mar 1
Cost: $150/person

Dealing with Addictions: Introduction to the Twelve Steps Programme
Presenter: James and John
When: 3 Friday mornings, 10am – 12noon, Feb 8, 15, 22
Cost: $120/person 

March/April 2019

Riding out the Storm
Presenter: Catherine Hammond BS in Ed, MA, MPh
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $150/person

Walking Home
Presenter: Ailsa Piper
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, March 6, 13, 20
Cost: $120/person

Developing Your Own Spirituality III
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Wednesday evening, 6pm – 8pm, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: $150/person 

Film Lectio I: Romero
Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, March 27, April 3, 10
Repeated: 3 Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, March 28, April 4, 11
Cost: $40/person 

May/June 2019

Developing Your Own Spirituality III
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Cost: $150/person

Mysticism: Plain or Flavoured?
Presenters: Thomas Ryan, SM, PhD
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $150/person

Film Lectio II: Bede Griffith OSB - The new Creation in Christ and the Human Search
Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 22, 29, June 5
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, May 22, 29, June 5
Cost: $40/person 

June/July 2019

Thomas Aquinas
Presenter: Andrew Murray SM PhD
When: 3 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 4, 11, 18
Cost: $120/person 

Poetry and Grace V
Presenter: Michael Griffith, PhD
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon; June 12, 19, 26, July 3
Cost: 150/person 

August 2019

Laudato Si: An Urgent Challenge to Protect our Common Home
Presenter: Winton Higgins, PhD & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am-12noon; August 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: $150/person

Restorative Dialogue: The Explicit Practice of Relationships
Presenter: Terry O’Connell, OAM
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10 – 12noon; August 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: 150/person 

September 2019

The Mystics: Pathfinders in the Spiritual
Presenter: Sr. Patty Andrew
When: 3 Tuesday mornings, 10am-12noon; September 3, 10, 17
Cost: $120/person (Including summary notes)

Developing Your Own Spirituality IV
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, September 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $150/person

October 2019

Film Lectio III: (to be advised)
Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, October 16, 23, 30
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm, October 16, 23, 30
Cost: $40/person 

Tragedy of Sexual Abuse: Where are We Now?
Presenter: Gerard Webster PhD (Psychoanalysis and Philosophy) & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 3 Friday mornings, 10am-12noon; October 18, 25, November 1
Cost: $120/person 

November 2019

Developing Your Own Spirituality IV
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, November 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $150/person 

Days of Silence and Solitude: to be announced
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

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