Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality announces 2012 schedule

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 1:15pm

MOBILE, Ala. – The Department of Theology and Ministry at Spring Hill College is pleased to announce the schedules for the 19th annual Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality. Dates for the event are Session I: June 3-8, and Session II: June 10-15. A silent, five- or eight-day directed retreat will follow the sessions. The Institute is a unique program designed for adults interested in both academic challenge and spiritual enrichment.

The event is held on the Spring Hill campus and will feature six courses over the two-week period. Course titles include: I Am Related, Therefore I Am: Lessons From Africa for Christian Ethics; Foreign and Faithful: Ruth and Old Testament Sensitivity to Strangers; Prayer and Discernment; Apocalypse Wow: Christian and Secular Stories of Revelation; Sacraments in Reality and History; and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit, for continuing education credits, or merely for enrichment and enjoyment. Special discounted rates are available for those who do not want to earn credit.

Spring Hill and well-known visiting faculty teach courses in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence. This year’s faculty line-up includes: Dr. Matthew Bagot, a theologian specializing in moral topics; Dr. John Switzer, a theologian with a strong focus on interreligious dialogue and friendship; Dr. Timothy Carmody, a biblical scholar and author, specializing in narrative criticism; Fr. Christopher Viscardi, S.J., a resident Jesuit whose focus is in the area of spirituality; and visiting faculty member Dr. Joseph Martos, a theologian and author, whose interest focuses on church history, sacraments, world peace, social responsibility, and ecology.

Dr. Martos will be the featured speaker at the Summer Spirituality Lecture, which was added to the Institute last year to encourage more community participation, especially, for those who cannot commit to a weeklong course, but who enjoy enrichment opportunities. Dr. Martos, who is teaching the course Sacraments in Reality and History, will present "Sacraments from the Inside Out," from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 10 in Byrne Memorial Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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