Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality announces 2010 schedule

Mon, 02/22/2010 (All day)

Feb. 22, 2010

Mobile, Ala. – Spring Hill College’s Department of Theology and Ministry is pleased to announce the schedules for this year’s Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality. Dates for the event are Session I: May 30 – June 5 and Session II: June 6-12. A silent, 5- or 8- day directed retreat will precede the sessions. The Institute is a unique program designed for adults interested in both academic challenge and spiritual enrichment. Spring Hill and well-known visiting faculty teach courses in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence.

The Institute, now in its 17th year, is held on the Spring Hill campus and will feature 8 courses over the 2-week period. Course titles include: The Spirituality of Peacemaking, Christ & Krishna: An Experience of Comparative Theology, Prayer & Discernment, Mysticism for Today: Spiritual Teachings of Early French Jesuits, and Christ & Interreligious Friendship. Additionally, Dr. Katherine Abernathy, associate professor of English at the University of Mobile, will offer a course that deals with human suffering titled The Tears of Humanity and the Heart of God: A Look at Five Faith Perspectives on Human Suffering. Dr. Timothy Carmody, professor of theology at Spring Hill and author of the newly published book from Paulist Press, The Gospel of Mark: Question by Question, will teach a course that will examine an important theme and activity in Luke-Acts, where prayer and the use of the word “prayer” occurs more frequently than in any of the other Gospels.

This year’s Summer Colloquium on Spirituality, Thomas Merton & Interreligious Dialogue, will be presented by a visiting team of Merton scholars, including Dr. Sidney Griffith, Dr. Victor Kramer, and Dr. David King. The Colloquium offers a taste of contemporary scholarship applied to Christian faith in daily life. Ideal for continuing education or personal enrichment, the Colloquium is non-credit and requires no readings, papers or tests.

Rooted in its Catholic heritage and continuing the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of educational excellence, Spring Hill College offers programs of theological study at four locations in the Southeast: Mobile, Atlanta, Birmingham and Jackson.

For more information including full course descriptions, faculty biographies, times and costs, please visit our website,, or contact us by phone at (251) 380-4458 or via email,