Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality to explore Vatican II: 50 Years Later

Wed, 04/24/2013 - 8:30am

MOBILE, Ala – The Department of Theology and Ministry at Spring Hill College is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2013 annual Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality, with sessions in Mobile and Atlanta. The Institute is a unique program designed for adults interested in both academic challenge and spiritual enrichment. 

In Mobile, the event is held on the Spring Hill College campus and will feature four courses over the 2-week period, June 2-7 and 9-14.  Course titles include: God Will Be All in All: Universal Salvation, Communion: The Spirituality of Vatican II, Church/World, Church State: The Social & Political Vision of Vatican II, and Spirituality of Therese of Lisieux: Doctor of the Church. Courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit, for continuing education credits, or merely for enrichment and enjoyment. Special, drastically discounted rates are available for those who do not want to earn credit.

In Atlanta, the events are hosted at Ignatius House Retreat Center, and will feature courses (noted above, except for the course on universal salvation) offered over two weekends, June 14-16 and 21-23 and an additional week-long course, June 17-20: Does Money Make the World Go Around? The Gospel of Luke, Heir to the Prophets & Advocate for the Poor, presented by special guest Rev. John Donahue, S.J.

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; and visiting faculty member Rev. John Donahue, S.J., a theologian and author, best known for his work in biblical theology with a special focus on the Synoptic Gospels.

In Mobile an Ignatian Retreat, 5- or 8- day Silent Directed Retreat, is also available following the Institute June 15-23.

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