"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]


Course: The Soul is a Lonely Hunter

Mid Century American Short Stories

 Starts Wednesday 3 Feb
This course explores the preoccupations of four mid-20th century American short story writers: William Faulkner, Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor and Ernest Hemingway. In particular we will read, examine and discuss the way these writers represent spiritual isolation, desire for redemption and hunger for true connection. These giants of American Literature hold in their cross hairs a landscape driven by uncertainty and estrangement.

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Course: Catholic Social Teaching - A Historical and Theological Overview

Concluding with Francis' Fratelli Tutti

JRobert Gascoigne
  Starts Thursday 4 Feb
This course will consider the development of Catholic social teaching from both a historical and theological perspective.  It will begin with the attempts by Catholic thinkers and pastoral leaders to respond to the injustices of industrialization in nineteenth-century Europe.  It will then consider

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Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality, Unit II

Crises & dimensions, thinking & willing
JMarieWEB201401JMichael Whelan 2
Starts Thursday 4 February
In Unit I we focused on some general principles underlying the development of a healthy spirituality. In Unit II we will focus more on particular concrete facets of spirituality. Walker Percy, the American essayist, wrote: “It is pilgrims we are, wayfarers on a journey, and not pigs, not angels.” (Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins: Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World, Avon Books, 1978, 104.)

Pilgrims frequently come to crossroads, choices must be made – sometimes without much knowledge of what the consequences might be.

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Course: "Take off your Shoes" - The Sanctuary of Conscience

JThomas Ryan SM PhD
  Starts Tuesday 2 March

We often hear the phrase ‘follow your conscience’. But what exactly does the word ‘conscience’ mean? How does ‘follow your conscience’ differ from ‘anything goes?’ How important is the role of ‘conscience’ - in the eyes of the Church and, more importantly, in the eyes of God? How can we understand the ‘primacy of conscience’ and the way it relates to the ‘primacy of truth’?

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Aquinas Covid-19 Safety Plan


St Patrick’s Parish Covid-19 Safety plan covers Aquinas Academy. The Parish plan is registered with the State Government and may be viewed on the Parish web site.

A copy of this plan is also available here.

Specific procedures applying at Aquinas Academy are as follows: Chairs, table tops and other surfaces are disinfected prior to all classes; coffee and tea and biscuits are served rather than self-served.

Michael Whelan SM PhD, Director

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