This course aims to enrich the pastoral ministry of participants and to make accessible to them the formative wisdom of Christian mystics and spiritual masters. The short course is therefore, suitable for a wide range of people: those who work in pastoral settings (hospitals, chaplaincies, prisons, in ministry) and those who are simply interested in understanding more about the spiritual life and pastoral ministry.  The course will be delivered in three sessions configured thematically, and each will feature particular spiritual masters from the ancient, medieval and modern traditions including John Cassian, Augustine, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Francis de Sales, and Thérèse of Lisieux.

Monday February 14th 2022

Planting the Seeds:   A LIFE OF PRAYER
This session, “Planting the Seeds” offers formation and formative reading programmes dedicated to the cultivation of a Life of Prayer, particularly lectio divina. This session underscores the importance of a Life of Prayer as the seedbed for Christian conversion and action in the family and parish life.

Monday February 21st 2022

Tilling the Soil:   A LIFE OF DISCIPLESHIP
This session, “Tilling the Soil” underscores the need for cultivating a Life of Discipleship as we are called, committed and consecrated in Christ and His Church.

MondayFebruary 28th 2022

Reaping the Harvest:   A LIFE OF VIRTUE
The third and final session offers the invitation to growth in a life of virtue, particularly those of humility, detachment, poverty of spirit, obedience, and fraternal charity.

SUSAN MUTO, PhD is Executive Director of the Epiphany Association, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Dean of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. She holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh, where she specialised in the work of post-Reformation spiritual writers. She is a renowned speaker, author, and teacher.  Susan has led conferences, seminars, and workshops throughout the world

Dr Muto’s many books include companion texts to the masterpieces of St John of the Cross. Her latest book is Gratefulness: The Habit of a Grace-Filled Life (Ave Maria Press: 2018) She has also recorded popular audio series. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, Mount Carmel, and Human Development. She has written more than forty books, many of them co-authored with the renowned Fr Adrian van Kaam, CSSp. She lectures internationally on the Judeo-Christian formation tradition.

In 2014 she received the Aggiornamento Award presented by the Catholic Library Association in recognition of an outstanding contribution made by an individual or organisation to the ministry of renewal modelled by Pope St John XXIII.