Summer Institute

Greetings to you from Spring Hill College!

2015 saw two important events in the Church: the publishing of the Encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’; and the beginning of the Holy Year of Mercy. These two events provide the inspiration for the 2016 Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality. We have titled this summer’s theme “Rejoicing In the God of Mercy.” The courses this summer will revolve broadly around the two foci of the environment and mercy. This ‘theme’ boils down to a Biblical appreciation that all humans and all creation are siblings under God, and our response should be love and mercy toward all. The courses on Prayer and Discernment and Spiritual Exercises are offered every other year for our Spiritual Direction program but are open to all. The course on the Sacrament of the Present Moment will examine the insights of the French School of Spirituality, inspired by the Spiritual Exercises. These three courses present the uniquely Jesuit concern for “finding God in all things.” We will also offer one course explicitly on the Encyclical, Laudato Si’, focusing on its ethical underpinnings in Catholic Social Teaching and its call to action for us today. Finally there will be three Biblical courses inspired by our twin foci. One course will focus on the great theme of mercy in 2nd Isaiah, another on the theme of nature praising God in worship. The final biblical course will examine the way images from ordinary life mediate our experience, understanding and expression of God. We are excited about another year of mining our Christian tradition for spiritual insight and transformation.

Pope Francis before the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica during the convocation of the Jubilee of Mercy, April 11, 2015.Now in its 23rd year, our annual Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality offers a unique opportunity for continuing education, personal enrichment and renewal and, if you choose, for pursuing one of our certificate or degree programs. The Institute is designed for adults seeking both spiritual enrichment and intellectual challenge. Taught in the Jesuit tradition of excellence, courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit or on an audit basis (no required assignments and no grade). Dates for 2016 are Session I, June 6 - 10 and Session II, June 13 - 17. An individually directed retreat will be held the week of Session II, for either three, five or eight days, beginning the evening of June 10 and ending after dinner on June 18.  This year’s retreat dates coincide with the second week of the Summer Institute.

If you have never attended Spring Hill College or the Institute, and wish to receive more information about the event, please email (theology@shc.edu) or call (251-380-4458 or toll-free 877-857-6742) us and we will be glad to add you to our mailing list or answer any questions you may have.

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for learning and renewal. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. Again, thank you for visiting our Web site. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you this summer.

Dr. Timothy R. Carmody
Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry
carmody@shc.edu

The Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality (SICS)

Spring Hill College is proud to offer the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality each June. The format of the Institute is two one-week sessions in Mobile, one one-week session in Atlanta and two intensive weekend sessions in Atlanta. Each offers a variety of courses for participants to choose from.

The Summer Institute offers a unique blend of academic challenge and spiritual enrichment, specifically designed for adults seeking to deepen their faith and to explore the vast traditions of Christian spirituality.

The curriculum is made up of a series of one-credit courses in one-week, or intensive weekend sessions, studying a variety of spiritual masters and mystics, along with biblical, liturgical and social themes. 

While rooted in Catholic theology, the program is fully ecumenical and welcomes persons of all faiths.

The SICS 2016 brochure and registration forms are available at the bottom of this page.

Registration is NOT available through BadgerWeb. Submission of these forms is the only method.

Summer Institute 2016

Rejoicing In the God of Mercy

The 2016 Summer Institute is inspired by the Year of Mercy and the Encyclical, Laudato Si’. But its focus is more than simply a study of that document and that theme. The broader focus is the consolation and joy in the spirituality of daily life, a life lived with eyes and ears open to the workings of God in nature, language, prayer and community.St. Francis of Assisi, Sermon to the Birds, upper Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi, Sermon to the Birds, upper Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi

Mobile

Session I: June 6-10, 2016

Morning: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Donald Berry's Class on Psalms. Summer Institute 2015

SPT524/424 (Historical) Sacrament of the Present Moment: The French School of Spirituality (1 credit hour)
Rev. Stephen Campbell, S.J.

The French School was perhaps the most influential movement in Catholic spirituality from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.  Several French Jesuits developed guides to mystical prayer for ordinary Christians.  Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises, they gave special focus to surrender, confidence and loving union with God.   This course will serve as an introduction to the spiritual writings of three of these early seventeenth-century Jesuits: Louis Lallemant’s practical approach to discerning God’s will in daily life, Jean-Pierrre de Caussade’s “Prayer of the Heart,” and Claude de la Colombière’s analysis of the workings of the soul.  Carmelite Brother Lawrence’s work, “Practice of the Presence of God,” will also be explored.  Focusing on fundamental concepts and vocabulary, influences, and concerns, we will ask how these reflections and struggles with Christian living resemble our own.

Textbook: Lafouge, Jean-Pierre, ed.  For God’s Greater Glory: Gems of Jesuit Spirituality from Louis Lallemant, Jean-Pierre de Caussade, and Claude de la Colombière.  Bloomington, Indiana : World Wisdom, 2006.

Evening: Monday - Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

SPT553/453/THL574 (Moral) Laudato Si’: Environmental Ethics (1 or 3 credit hours)
Dr. Matthew Bagot

This course will focus on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’. We will briefly examine Francis’ description of the current ecological crisis and the light faith sheds on this crisis. The focus of the course will be on the issues of human action – technology, globalization, and modern anthropocentrism – and Francis’ description of what an “integral ecology” can look like – an ecology of the common good, respecting ordinary life, human cultures and future generations. Finally, we will look at Francis’ suggestions for a way forward – a way of dialogue and conversion. Throughout the course, we will place this encyclical in the broader tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.

Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in the classroom. Two further credits will be available online following the classroom-based course.

Textbook: Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si);  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; ISBN: 978-1601375025

SPT525/425 & SPT526/426 (Pastoral) Prayer & Discernment I & II (1 credit hour each)
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

Both prayer and discernment play a central role in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, especially in the dynamics of The Spiritual Exercises. This course will examine the theology of prayer and the practice and theory of discernment as they have developed in the Christian tradition over the centuries. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus primarily on prayer. Part II will focus primarily on discernment and be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.

Textbooks/Part One (SPT 525/425): The Cloud of Unknowing: and The Book of Privy Counseling, by William Johnston (Editor), Huston Smith (Foreword). ISBN‐13: 978‐0385030977; Karl Rahner, S.J., The Need and the Blessing of Prayer. ISBN‐13: 978‐0814624531; Margaret Silf, Close to the Heart: A Practical Approach to Personal Prayer. ISBN‐13: 978‐0829416510.

Textbooks/Part Two (SPT 526/426): Thomas N. Hart, The Art of Christian Listening. ISBN‐13: 978‐0809123452; C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters. ISBN‐13: 978‐0060652937 [or any other edition]; Richard J. Hauser, S.J., Moving in the Spirit: Becoming A Contemplative in Action (Paulist 1986). ISBN‐13: 978‐0809127900 [Do not confuse with a similar title: In His Spirit: A Guide to Today's Spirituality (Paulist 1982) ISBN‐13: 978‐0809124213; and Beacon Publishing; Second edition (June 11, 2012) ISBN‐13: 978‐1937509156].

Session II:  June 13-17, 2016

Morning: Monday - Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Dr. Matthew Baugh, S.J. who taught Medieval Spirituality with Students Christy Medina and Lori Croft. Summer Institute 2015.

SPT536/436 (Biblical) 2nd Isaiah: Book of God’s Mercy (1 credit hour)
Dr. Donald Berry

The most beautiful and well-crafted prophetic oracles of the Bible are found in the Book of Isaiah. In the 6th century BCE remnants of the community of Israel lived as refugees in Mesopotamia. In the latter part of the century, the exiles anticipated release from Babylon. A prophetic voice spoke comfort to the refugees and promised an end to their half-century of displacement. Their relief would come as an act of God’s own mercy. These stirring words are in Isaiah 40-55. This course will examine the literary form of the prophetic speeches; explore the themes embedded within them; and consider how Isaiah’s message of consolation may speak to those who are displaced, disheartened or suffering in the contemporary world.

Textbooks: Carol Dempsey.  Isaiah: God’s Poet of Light Atlanta: Chalice Press, 2010. 0827216300; Joan Chittister.  God’s Tender Mercy: Reflections on Forgiveness.  New London, CT: 23rd Publications, 2010. 1585957992; Catholic Study Bible Oxford 3rd ed. 2016  0199362777 recommended or any academic study Bible.

Evening: Monday -Thursday, 6:30-9:00 p.m.

SPT536/436 - (Biblical) Let Heaven and Nature Sing: Biblical Hymns of Nature (1 credit hour)
Dr. Timothy Carmody

All Christians know the Christmas carol refrain: “Let Heaven and Nature Sing.” The insight that creation, in its very being, praises God is found also in St. Francis’ “Canticle of the Sun” and Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’.  Biblical hymns of nature praising God begin from the bottom up: inanimate objects, plants, animals, and finally humans. In this course we will look at the Biblical insight that apart from us, and prior to us, nature sings praise to God. Nature is, in fact, a liturgy worshiping the creator, and the loss of nature is a loss of worship due to God. These hymns are meant to awaken in us reverence for creation and for the Creator and to ask us to join humbly in this already existing liturgy of praise.

Textbook: Bible; Supplemental articles on eCollege/eCompanion.

SPT551/451 & 552/452 (Pastoral, Historical) The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius I & II (1 credit hour each)
Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

A manual for directors rather than a book to be read, The Spiritual Exercises emerged out of St. Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience of conversion and have subsequently had a major impact on modern spirituality. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus on the conversion and life of Ignatius. Part II will focus on the structure and dynamics of the Exercises and will be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.

Textbooks/Part One (SPT 551/451): Louis J. Puhl, S.J., trans. (Loyola Press edition), The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. ISBN‐13: 978‐ 0829400656; A Pilgrim's Journey: The Autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola, by Ignatius of Loyola (Saint) and Joseph N Tylenda. ISBN‐13: 978‐0898708103.

Textbooks/Part Two (SPT 552/452): Louis J. Puhl, S.J., trans. (Loyola Press edition), The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. ISBN‐13: 978‐ 0829400656; Margaret Silf, Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality. ISBN‐13: 978‐0829426458; William A. Barry, Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. ISBN‐13:978-0829416848 (Barnes & Noble; Nook Book $10.99). THE PAPER EDITION OF THIS BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT AND AVAILABLE ONLY AT AN EXORBITANT PRICE. THEREFORE YOU CAN EITHER PURCHASE THE DIGITAL EDITION (NOOK BOOK) OR USE THE PDF FILES OF THE PARTICULAR CHAPTERS ASSIGNED TO YOU (WHICH I’LL MAKE AVAILABLE BY EMAIL TO EACH STUDENT ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS). 

Costs In Mobile

        • Earned Credit: $330 per credit hour
        • Easy Listening (no record kept):  $125 per credit hour
        • On-campus lodging for Summer Institute:  $33 per night
        • Cookouts:  $10 each

    Atlanta

    Intensive weekend and weeklong course formats available. All events at Ignatius House Retreat Center. See schedule below.

    Weekend 1: June 17-19, 2015 (See weekend schedule below)

    Dr. Carmody's Parables Class: Summer Institute 2015 Atlanta

    SPT553/453/THL574 (Moral) Laudato Si’: Environmental Ethics (1 or 3 credit hours)
    Dr. Matthew Bagot

    This course will focus on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’. We will briefly examine Francis’ description of the current ecological crisis and the light faith sheds on this crisis. The focus of the course will be on the issues of human action – technology, globalization, and modern anthropocentrism – and Francis’ description of what an “integral ecology” can look like – an ecology of the common good, respecting ordinary life, human cultures and future generations. Finally, we will look at Francis’ suggestions for a way forward – a way of dialogue and conversion. Throughout the course, we will place this encyclical in the broader tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.

    Students must earn the first credit during the Institute in the classroom. Two further credits will be available following the classroom-based course online.

    Textbook: Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si);  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; ISBN: 978-1601375025

    Week Between 1 & 2: June 20 - 23, 2016 (Meets Monday - Thursday 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.)

    SPT525/425 & 526/426 (Pastoral) Prayer & Discernment I & II (1 credit hour each)
    Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

    Both prayer and discernment play a central role in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, especially in the dynamics of The Spiritual Exercises. This course will examine the theology of prayer and the practice and theory of discernment as they have developed in the Christian tradition over the centuries. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus primarily on prayer. Part II will focus primarily on discernment and be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.

    Textbooks/Part One (SPT 525/425): William Johnston, S.J., ed., The Cloud of Unknowing; Karl Rahner, S.J., The Need and the Blessing of Prayer; Margaret Silf, Close to the Heart: A Practical Approach to Personal Prayer; Supplemental articles on eCollege/eCompanion.

    Textbooks/Part Two (SPT 526/426): Thomas N. Hart, The Art of Christian Listening; Richard J. Hauser, S.J., Moving in the Spirit; C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters; Supplemental articles on eCollege/eCompanion.

    Weekend 2: June 24 - 26, 2016 (See weekend schedule below)

    SPT551/451 & SPT552/452 (Historical / Pastoral) The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius I & II (1 credit hour each)
    Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

    A manual for directors rather than a book to be read, The Spiritual Exercises emerged out of St. Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience of conversion and have subsequently had a major impact on modern spirituality. Part I will be offered during the five days of class and focus on the conversion and life of Ignatius. Part II will focus on the structure and dynamics of the Exercises and will be offered online, with a flexible time frame, allowing students to complete the course any time before the end of July.

    Textbooks/Part One (SPT 551/451): Louis J. Puhl, S.J., trans. (Loyola Press edition), The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; Joseph Tylenda, S.J., trans., A Pilgrim’s Journey [ Autobiography of St. Ignatius]; Supplemental articles on eCollege/eCompanion. 

    Textbooks/Part Two (SPT 552/452): Louis J. Puhl, S.J., trans. (Loyola Press edition), The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; William A. Barry, S.J., Letting God Come Close; Margaret Silf, Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignition Spirituality; Supplemental articles on eCollege/eCompanion.

    SPT532/432 (Biblical) Metaphors and the Language of the Soul (1 credit hour)
    Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio

    The Bible is replete with evocative metaphors about God and humanity, suffering and salvation, exile and deliverance. While these and other metaphors contribute to the artistic quality of biblical literature, they also have the capacity to stir our imaginations and give expression to our most profound experiences of faith. Thus whether echoed in the Church’s liturgies and hymns or uttered in our own prayers to God, biblical metaphors play an important role in our spiritual and theological formation. In this class, we will explore together the power and function of biblical metaphors, including how they can inform our language about God, our stories of faith, and our prayers of petition and lament.

    Textbook: William B. Brown, Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphors (Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2002).

    Dr. Carmody's Parables Class: Summer Institute 2015 AtlantaSchedule for Atlanta Intensive Weekend Format

    Friday
    • Dinner: 6:00 p.m.
    • Class: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    Saturday
    • Class: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    • Lunch: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
    • Social, Dinner and Q&A with the professor: 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday
    • Class: 9:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
    • Mass: 11:30 a.m.
    • Lunch: following Mass

    Costs In Atlanta

    • Earned Credit: $330 per credit hour
    • Easy Listening: $125 per credit hour
    • 2 days of room and all meals: $200 per weekend
    • 2 days of all meals: $100 per weekend
    • Saturday lunch, reception and dinner: $50 per weekend
    • Hospitality and Saturday lunch: $30 per weekend

    (Every registered student must choose one option for each weekend.)

    • Rooms are available during the week of June 20 - 23, 2016. Please contact Ignatius House Retreat Center for pricing and reservations.

    2016 Institute Faculty

    Dr. Matthew Bagot

    Dr. Matthew Bagot is an Associate Professor of Theology at Spring Hill College specializing in social ethics. He completed his Ph.D. at Boston College in 2010 and presented papers on Catholic social teaching and global democracy at academic conferences in Bangalore, India and New York City in Spring 2015 and in Linkoping, Sweden in Fall 2015. He is the recipient of Spring Hill's Edward B. Moody, S.J. "Teacher of the Year" award for 2013-14.

    Dr. Donald Berry

    Donald Berry is a graduate of Southern Seminary in Louisville where he received a Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Dr. Berry is a specialist in Hebrew Bible language and literature with particular emphasis in wisdom and poetry. His publications include The Psalms and Their Readers (Sheffield, 1994); Introduction to the Wisdom and Poetry of the Old Testament (Broadman, 1995); and various articles. He served as Professor of Religion at the University of Mobile from 1987 to 2003 and as Associate Vice President for Academic Services from 2003 to 2015. Since 1999 he has worked with the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education and spends much of his free time promoting Holocaust education among high school and middle school teachers.

    Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio

    Ryan Bonfiglio serves as a Lecturer in Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and the Director of Biblical & Theological Studies at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. His research and teaching interests include the Pentateuch, the Psalms, Old Testament theology, and the intersection of the Bible and the visual arts. Ryan has a B.A. from Princeton University (Chemistry), an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Emory University (Hebrew Bible). He is originally from the Philadelphia area and suffers from a life-long love of Philadelphia sports teams. In his free time, Ryan enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with his wife, Jamie, and their energetic and playful toddler, Leo.

    Rev. Stephen Campbell, S.J.

    Stephen Campbell, S.J. is Associate Professor of Theater and Drama at Spring Hill College. He has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. His research focuses on the convergence of early Jesuit spirituality, Rhetoric, and performance in seventeenth-century France. He has a particular interest in early modern France and cultural performance. He has also studied at Loyola University New Orleans, Weston School of Theology, and Jesuit School of Theology, Centre Sèvres, in Paris, France.

    Dr. Timothy Carmody

    Dr. Timothy Carmody is a Professor of Theology at Spring Hill College since 1989 and currently the Director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry. Dr. Carmody is a graduate of The Catholic University of America and a long-time member of the Catholic Biblical Association.  His book, Reading the Bible (Paulist Press 2004), is a well-used textbook in college courses and Bible study groups. He is also the author of The Gospel of Mark: Question by Question (Paulist Press 2008).

    Rev. Christopher Viscardi, S.J.

    Fr. Christopher Viscardi, S.J., completed his doctorate in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in the area of spirituality. His dissertation was a study of the conversion theology of Jonathan Edwards, the New England Puritan and spiritual leader. Since 1979 Fr. Viscardi has been at Spring Hill College, where he is currently chair of the department of theology. Over the past few years he has been working on a history of the Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity of Spring Hill College, from 1830 to the present, based on his sabbatical research in the Jesuit archives in Rome, Paris, New Orleans and Spring Hill College.

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    Silent Directed Retreats

    • 3, 5 or 8 Day Silent Ignatian Directed Retreat - Mobile: June 10 - 18, 2016
    • 5 or 8 Day Silent Ignatian Directed Retreat - Atlanta: June 12 - 17 or July 5 - 14, 2016

    SICS Brochure & Registration Forms

    SICS BROCHURE 2016894.25 KB
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