12 Step Spirituality: Every Person’s Guide to Taking the Twelve Steps

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Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
Internationally celebrated spirituality expert and recipient of Pope John Paul II’s Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice honor.
(31 customer reviews)
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Deeply rooted in Christian tradition, the 12-step program blends the best of spirituality with the best of modern psychology. Addiction recovery is only one manifestation of its utility. Under the guidance of Fr. Anthony Ciorra, you will come to see how the 12 steps apply to surprising areas of your life.

A renowned author, professor, and spirituality expert and recipient of the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice given by Pope John Paul II, Fr. Ciorra guides you on a transformative journey towards freedom. You will deepen your spirituality as you develop a richer understanding of his profound approach to the 12 steps as a course of action.

You’re probably acquainted with the first twelve-step fellowship founded in the 1930s: Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. But in this 12-lecture program, Fr. Ciorra shows you that the same

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Deeply rooted in Christian tradition, the 12-step program blends the best of spirituality with the best of modern psychology. Addiction recovery is only one manifestation of its utility. Under the guidance of Fr. Anthony Ciorra, you will come to see how the 12 steps apply to surprising areas of your life.

A renowned author, professor, and spirituality expert and recipient of the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice given by Pope John Paul II, Fr. Ciorra guides you on a transformative journey towards freedom. You will deepen your spirituality as you develop a richer understanding of his profound approach to the 12 steps as a course of action.

You’re probably acquainted with the first twelve-step fellowship founded in the 1930s: Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA. But in this 12-lecture program, Fr. Ciorra shows you that the same principles apply to you regardless of your spiritual tradition or individual makeup.

You will look to role models such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and St. Augustine—all of whom similarly struggled with but ultimately overcame their dark nights of the soul. In addition to their extraordinary examples, you will also explore samples of moving poetry that will help you stretch yourself spirituality.

Sometimes described as a journey from your head to your heart, the 12-step program is truly a life-giving spiritual approach for everyone. By fully realizing the power of the spirituality behind the 12 steps, you will discover a peace in your heart that the world cannot give. Attain your own happiness now.

This course was previously published as The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps for Everyone

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Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998).Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Currently, he is Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to assuming this post, Fr. Ciorra occupied a number of leadership positions in higher education and beyond, including: dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth; and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York.Fr. Ciorra’s professional experience ranges from parish life and preaching to teaching and administration to retreat work and formation ministries. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Praise for Anthony Ciorra
“I highly recommend any course by Fr. Anthony Ciorra. His delivery is great, his reflections [are] thoughtful, and [his] questions are challenging. I would have enjoyed having him as a professor. His illustrations are practical.”– Michael Harrison,San Antonio, TX
“Anthony Ciorra—a born teacher—clear and inspiring.”– Sr. Michael,Seaham, County Durham, UK
“Very personable!”– Margaret Gardner,Verona, NJ
 

  • The Journey from the Head to the Heart
  • The Art of Happiness
  • What You Desire Defines Who You Are
  • Leaning into the Darkness
  • Driving with One Hand
  • “I’ll Do It My Way”
  • Forgiving God
  • Risking the Truth of Grace
  • Falling in Love, Staying in Love
  • Absorbed in Gratitude
  • Pray as You Can, Not as You Can’t
  • Homecoming

31 reviews for 12 Step Spirituality: Every Person’s Guide to Taking the Twelve Steps

  1. Nancy

    The impact of this course was dramatic and immediate. Fr. Ciorra speaks with honesty and real compassion about our human vulnerability to addiction, whatever it is.

    The content and the delivery were a perfect match of speaking head on about our struggles with becoming obsessed with just about anything as opposed to giving the control over to
    God. Consider this if you yourself are wrestling with any kind of holding on to anything that prevents you from true freedom.

  2. Margaret

    Very Personable!

    Viewing Fr Ciorra’s DVD was like having him present right in the room. Very personable!

  3. Rev. David

    Terrific

    This was a terrific explanation of the 12 steps.

  4. K. Wendel

    Well Done!

    My husband is a non Catholic Christian and unfamiliar with the 12 step program. When I used this program on a road trip he was surprised how much it interested him. Well done!

  5. Anonymous

    *

    Easy to understand and relate to.

  6. Jim Lechowicz, Schenectady, NY USA

    *

    Much needed, thought provoking.

  7. Anonymous

    *

    An excellent course, it covers concepts about life and living. The course material can be used in both secular and spiritual sectors of life.

  8. Anonymous

    *

    Good presentation and subject material. Well worth sharing. Can be valuable for personal use or with groups.

  9. Front Royal, Virginia

    *

    In my work, I have used this material to help my clients to envision “recovery” from a broader perspective …rather than limited to alcoholics and drug addicts etc……we are all in need of recovery from the illusions and grasping of the false self, together facing the reality of our shared human and through receiving and giving love discover the way home to “being”.

  10. Rev. Robert W., O.F.M., IN, USA

    *

    Ciorra is down to earth and fits my own 12 step program and thinking.

  11. Rev. Paul C. M.

    *

    Being in recovery for 34 years I find the program very engaging and rewarding.

  12. Barry N., Canada

    2015 Spring Survey

    Gives the basic essentials of the faith in a usable manner.

  13. Sharon W., VA

    2015 Spring Survey

    Well organized engaging presenter focus on contempletive aspects of 12 step recovery process for anyone desiring to deepen their relationship with the God of their understanding.

  14. Richard

    Very excited about the presentation

    Presented this to an audience of 35 over a period of 5 weeks. I could tell by discussion who was in recovery and who had no contact with AA, etc. Those in recovery were very excited about the presentations and the fact that the 12 Steps were so linked to Christian spirituality. The program had been advertised in weekly church bulletin before and during sessions. Some even said they had or intended to order their copy.

  15. Mary

    I appreciate the inclusion of this topic at Now You Know Media.

    Since the Spirituality of the 12 Steps applies to my life I appreciate the inclusion of this topic at Now You Know Media. The presenter includes many stories from his life to illustrate his points and the study guide is good too. I love how he includes poetry, art, humor and the writings of Saints and spiritual authors to enhance his program too.

  16. Rev. Paul

    For individuals wishing to understand 12 step spirituality and put into daily practice I found this program excellent.

    For individuals wishing to understand 12 step spirituality and put into daily practice I found this program excellent. I have been in recovery for 34 years and this helped me greatly though I live the 12 steps daily.

  17. Sherry M

    I liked the approach of making it apply to everyday life.

    It takes you through the twelve steps in a program, but for anyone. I liked the approach of making it apply to everyday life.

  18. Joe

    Excellent for anyone in recovery [or not] as a tool to grow spiritually.

    Excellent for anyone in recovery [or not] as a tool to grow spiritually. Great presenter with a step by step approach that enabled me to increase my knowledge on how to live a full and abundant life.

  19. Anonymous, NM

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    Fr. Ciorra is interesting, knowledgeable and personable. Good sense of humor too.

  20. Elinor M., MD

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    This course focused on all addictions especially our addiction to the illusion of control. Fr. Ciarra’s reflections on each of the twelve steps were practical and inspiring. I have returned to the program several times and each time find something new.

  21. Bill O., LADC., MN

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    As a CD counselor I like comparing & extending the 12-steps beyond addictions to recovery in all life areas. Recovery is about “change” & if a person is not changing, something is wrong.

  22. Patrick W., OH

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    I give a workshop titled “Addiction and Responsibility,” and this course helped me to articulate some of my ideas to share.

  23. ELINOR M., MD

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    This retreat applies to spiritual growth in general not just for those struggling with addiction.

  24. Anonymous

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    He built on what I already knew about the 12 step program. Deep spiritual content and personal examples

  25. Sr. Rosemary S., IL

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    Spirituality of the 12 Steps gives depth for better self-knowledge, prayer, and relationship with the Lord.

  26. Rosa M., CA

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    This retreat reminded me of the great Love that God has for us, and although, we are far from being perfect, that he accepts and continues to Love us as we are, regardless of our failings in life. We only need to seek him, and accept him into our hearts, and he forgives us. He is always waiting on the other side of the door, waiting for us patiently. In the solace of my heart, I try to listen to the beat of the heart, and imagine My God knocking softly, to let him in. My beating is constant and so is he. I truly, appreciate this reminder in my life daily.

  27. Lois M., NM

    2017 Christmas Survey

    This is my favorite program, making the 12 Steps applicable to everyone, connecting the issues addicts experience with the issues we all experience in everyday life. It is applicable to you! The part about forgiveness was very moving.

  28. Susan C., CO

    2018 Spring Survey

    The twelve steps are wonderful, but Father Ciorra shows how they can lead us to a greater faith relationship and bring spirituality into everyday life.

  29. James C., IL

    2018 Spring Survey

    Fr Anthony Ciorra is excellent director of retreat.

  30. Anonymous

    Summer 2018 Survey

    Very clearly expressed, down to earth, speaker (Fr. Ciorra) is excellent. Draws you deeper into the spirituality of AA.

  31. Sister James Ann G., O.S.F., PA

    Summer 2018 Survey

    The presenter was excellent. The content of the DVD was very thought provoking. What was taught could be applicable to everyday life. I watched it several times and always learned something new each time.

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