7 Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Sacred Heart University
(2 customer reviews)
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Audio Download + Subscription
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Includes Free Study Guide

7 Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Sacred Heart University
(2 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Explore the rich spiritual movements of the Catholic tradition.

In this course, you will encounter seven powerful schools of spirituality, discovering what makes each school special and transformative.

Your professor is celebrated spirituality expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D. Under his guidance, you will explore how different religious founders developed new insights and charisms, adapting them to the cultures, times, and needs of different generations.

After a general introduction, you will embark into the Egyptian desert to seek the timeless wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Making your way to Europe, youÕll witness the flourishing of monastic spirituality, the radical vision of St. Francis of Assisi, and the powerful preaching of St. Dominic. Your journey continues to Mount Carmel, where you will take in a panoramic view of Carmelite saints like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, ThŽrse of Lisieux, and Edith Stein. You will then learn to be a Òcontemplative in actionÓ with the direction of Ignatius of Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises. And in Salesian spirituality and the Vincentian-Setonian tradition, youÕll fi

Explore the rich spiritual movements of the Catholic tradition.

In this course, you will encounter seven powerful schools of spirituality, discovering what makes each school special and transformative.

Your professor is celebrated spirituality expert Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D. Under his guidance, you will explore how different religious founders developed new insights and charisms, adapting them to the cultures, times, and needs of different generations.

After a general introduction, you will embark into the Egyptian desert to seek the timeless wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Making your way to Europe, youÕll witness the flourishing of monastic spirituality, the radical vision of St. Francis of Assisi, and the powerful preaching of St. Dominic. Your journey continues to Mount Carmel, where you will take in a panoramic view of Carmelite saints like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, ThŽrse of Lisieux, and Edith Stein. You will then learn to be a Òcontemplative in actionÓ with the direction of Ignatius of Loyola and his Spiritual Exercises. And in Salesian spirituality and the Vincentian-Setonian tradition, youÕll find inspirational models of Christian living.

By studying these particular seven schools, you will gain insight into the ways religious movements arise and transform over time. They make up only a fraction of the many schools of spirituality, but they will give you a taste for the diversity of human spiritual experience.

This course will inspire your spirituality with the richness of the Christian tradition.

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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
 

  • An Introduction to Seven Great Schools of Christian Spirituality
  • Introduction Continued: Pathways to God
  • Discovering God in the Desert, Part I
  • Discovering God in the Desert, Part II
  • Discovering God in the Desert, Part III
  • The Monastic Journey, Part I
  • The Monastic Journey, Part II
  • The Monastic Journey, Part III
  • The Franciscan Vision, Part I
  • The Franciscan Vision, Part II
  • Dominicans: The Order of Preachers, Part I
  • Dominicans: The Order of Preachers, Part II
  • Carmelites: Hermits and Friars, Part I
  • Carmelites: Hermits and Friars, Part II
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier and Saint, Part I
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier and Saint, Part II
  • Salesian: Everyday Spirituality, Part II
  • Salesian: Everyday Spirituality, Part II
  • Vincentian Spirituality: Practical Charity, Part I
  • Vincentian Spirituality: Practical Charity, Part II
  • Conclusion: A New Heaven and a New Earth

2 reviews for 7 Great Schools of Catholic Spirituality

  1. Anonymous

    Great insight

    This course gave me great insight into the various rich traditions of our Catholic Faith, and the fruits of their experience.

  2. Anonymous

    Summer Survey: July 2017

    The content of this course is excellent. I would add that I only want programs that are DVD based since audio formats are not very helpful for group presentations.

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