Spirituality 101: Explore 2,000 Years of Christian Spirituality in 36 Days

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Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Internationally celebrated spirituality expert and recipient of Pope John Paul II’s Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice honor.
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Spirituality 101: Explore 2,000 Years of Christian Spirituality in 36 Days

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
Internationally celebrated spirituality expert and recipient of Pope John Paul II’s Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice honor.
(8 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
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Join one of the country’s leading spirituality professors in exploring more than 2,000 years of our spiritual history.

In this powerful audio course, celebrated lecturer Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D. reveals the marvelous gifts bestowed by our spiritual ancestors. These 36 lively, enlightening lectures will take you on a journey from the age of the apostles to our current day. Along the way, you’ll meet the greatest spiritual figures of the Christian tradition, explore the wisdom of the church fathers, experience the mystical visions of St. Catherine of Siena and St. John of the Cross, encounter the towering works of St. Augustine, and much more.

As you explore the major themes that have shaped the hearts and minds of countless believers, you will discover the full richness and beauty of the Christian spiritual tradition. Too often the treasures of the Christian tradition have not been passed along from one generation to the next. Now you can meet the inspiring men and women who have gone before you on the spiritual journey.

Let the spiritual writers and our

Join one of the country’s leading spirituality professors in exploring more than 2,000 years of our spiritual history.

In this powerful audio course, celebrated lecturer Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D. reveals the marvelous gifts bestowed by our spiritual ancestors. These 36 lively, enlightening lectures will take you on a journey from the age of the apostles to our current day. Along the way, you’ll meet the greatest spiritual figures of the Christian tradition, explore the wisdom of the church fathers, experience the mystical visions of St. Catherine of Siena and St. John of the Cross, encounter the towering works of St. Augustine, and much more.

As you explore the major themes that have shaped the hearts and minds of countless believers, you will discover the full richness and beauty of the Christian spiritual tradition. Too often the treasures of the Christian tradition have not been passed along from one generation to the next. Now you can meet the inspiring men and women who have gone before you on the spiritual journey.

Let the spiritual writers and our compelling history speak to your heart and empower you to carry their torch into the 21st century. Our spiritual tradition and its practices are relevant now more than ever.

Embark on this journey and enrich your spiritual life today.

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This course was previously published as The History of Christian Spirituality

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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.
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“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
 

  • Introduction to the History of Spirituality
  • Methods, Issues, Suggestions and Definitions
  • An Overview and Sweep of Christian Spirituality from the First Century through the Twentieth Century
  • Our Jewish Roots
  • The Vision and the Message of Jesus Christ
  • An Introduction to the Patristic Period
  • The First Christian Generations
  • Martyrdom
  • The Giants of the Second and Third Centuries: Irenaeus, Clement and Origen
  • The Writings of Clement of Alexandria and Origen
  • The Monastic Movement
  • The Desert
  • The Fourth Century: The Cappadocian Fathers: St. Basil, St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Gregory of Nyssa
  • Some Concluding Reflections and Comments on the Spiritual Movements from the Monastic Traditions of the Early Centuries
  • The Golden Age: St. Ambrose, St. Jerome and St. Augustine
  • St. Augustine
  • Our Hearts Are Restless Until They Rest in You, Oh God
  • Endings and Beginnings
  • The Middle Ages
  • The High Middle Ages: 1100-1300
  • The Schoolmen of the Twelfth Century
  • The Thirteenth Century: The Century of the Friars
  • The Canticle of Brother Sun
  • St. Bonaventure and St. Dominic
  • The Late Middle Ages: 1300-1500
  • The Rhineland Mystics
  • Delving Deeply into the Rhineland Mystics
  • Meister Eckhart
  • The English Mystics
  • Julian of Norwich
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
  • The Fifteenth Century and the Devotio Moderna
  • Introduction to the Modern Period and to St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross
  • Developments in Modern Spirituality as a Gateway into the 21st Century
  • The 21st Century: Where do We Go from Here?

8 reviews for Spirituality 101: Explore 2,000 Years of Christian Spirituality in 36 Days

  1. Newsh18

    Very informative

    The program was just what I wanted – a thorough introduction to the great spiritual mystics of the Catholic faith. I thought Fr. Ciorra’s delivery was great in that it felt like we were sitting together and he was explaining the material to me. I really enjoyed listening to this program.

  2. Matthew McCormack, Malden, MA USA

    *

    Well thought out and delivered course.

  3. Kathleen

    Fr. Ciorra does an amazing job!

    Fr. Ciorra does an amazing job of organizing and presenting a vast amount of material in a way that makes it accessible. He is knowledgeable, thorough, and clear, and both his faith and his humility shine through his presentations.

  4. Janine

    an excellent overview

    This course gives an excellent overview of the manner in which living the faith has altered through the centuries.

  5. Fr Henry B., Philippines

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    This course helped me to get deeper roots into my own spirituality which is basically based on St Francis de Sales. It gave me a great appreciation for my own roots and a sense of satisfaction to know where I was coming from.

  6. Anonymous

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    I learned a great deal and enjoyed every bit of it.

  7. Bob S., CA

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    The History of Christian Spirituality (Father Ciorra) is one always return to. I never fail to gwet something new.

  8. Tom K., WI

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    It is a wonderful survey of how history and spirituality interplay in the West.

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