Spirituality and Culture

Structure
Syllabi and schedule
Instructors
Fees and registration

Welcome to Spirituality and Culture

Challenges of Modern Culture to Spiritual Theology

In response to an increasing need for spiritual research and monastic wisdom in the modern world, Sant’Anselmo will offer a new English-speaking program, “Spirituality and Culture”, beginning Fall semester. Subtitled “Challenges of Modern Culture to Spiritual Theology”, the program presents the Benedictine spiritual tradition read in the context of modern culture. This program of the Faculty of Theology will be fully accredited November 2017 and run through May 2019.

The program is oriented to Benedictines, members of other religious orders, priests and lay people who are interested in deepening their spirituality, enlarging their knowledge of modern cultural challenges and acquiring skills for formation work. Scholarships are available. Monks are welcome to live at Sant’Anselmo during and between the modules; nuns in neighboring monastic facilities.

FLEXIBLE : The program comprises four modules, each of which contains four perspectives. The modules are offered in eight two-week sessions within two years. In addition to the License, European “Master’s” degrees and diplomas are also available.

FOUR MODULES : The modules are divided into two parts and presented by two professors with two perspectives. The four modules are named: Foreignness and migration in cultures and religions; Responsibility for the material values in cultures and religions (economy and finance); Challenges of physical and natural sciences, technology and environmental protection in cultures and religions; and Social responsibility in cultures and religions (free time, creativity, aging, sickness and death).

LEARNING OUTCOMES : At the conclusion of each module, the student will have knowledge of the current status of the theme, its references in the Bible and the Rule of Saint Benedict, the relevant works of both ancient and modern Christian writers and the ethical and pastoral perspectives of the theme.

Structure

The themes of the course are:

  • Responsibility for the material values in cultures and religions (economy and finance)
  • Foreignness and migration in cultures and religions
  • The challenges of physical and natural sciences, technology and environmental protection in cultures and religions
  • Social responsibility in cultures and religions (free time, creativity, aging, sickness and death)

Each of these themes is presented through the following perspectives:

  • the general status of the theme
  • references to the Bible and the Rule of Saint Benedict
  • ancient and modern Christian writers
  • ethical and pastoral perspectives

The formula of the program is flexible: it comprises four modules, each of which contains the four perspectives listed above. Each perspective is presented by two professors. The modules, divided in two parts, are offered in eight two-week sessions within two years.

Students who successfully complete all four modules will receive a License in Theological Spirituality. Those who complete two modules may receive a European “Master’s” degree, which is a short-course specialization of study that, unlike in some countries, is not an academic degree. Those students who complete single modules will receive a diploma.

Syllabi and schedule

For your planning needs, the dates of the modules are listed below. The classes will be held weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. However, as the course details may change, we have created a Google document. This will allow us to easily make changes to the details and allow you to download the document to your computer in multiple formats by clicking the menu within the document: “File > Download as…” .

Syllabi and schedule   :   Google document link
To download, click the menu within the document : “File > Download as…”.

Schedule
6 - 17 November 2017
Foreignness and migration in cultures and religions : part 1
15 - 26 January 2018
Responsibility for the material values in cultures and religions (economy and finance) : part 1
5 - 16 March 2018
The challenges of physical and natural sciences, technology and environmental protection in cultures and religions : part 1
14 - 25 May 2018
Social responsibility in cultures and religions (free time, creativity, aging, sickness and death) : part 1
5 - 16 November 2018
Foreignness and migration in cultures and religions : part 2
14 - 25 January 2019
Responsibility for the material values in cultures and religions (economy and finance) : part 2
11 - 22 March 2019
The challenges of physical and natural sciences, technology and environmental protection in cultures and religions : part 2
13 - 24 May 2019
Social responsibility in cultures and religions (free time, creativity, aging, sickness and death) : part 2

Instructors

The instructors hail from different continents and cultures, are experts in theology, trained in Benedictine tradition and sensitive to modern culture and pastoral praxis. The program features notables such as the following.

  • Gregory Polan OSB, Abbot Primate of OSB Confederation. Author, lecturer, Bible scholar and former Abbot of Conception Abbey, USA, for 20 years
  • Mauritius Wilde OSB, Prior of Collegio Sant’Anselmo, author, blogger, podcaster. Monk of Muensterschwarzach, Germany, specialist in spiritual theology, expert on Master Eckhart
  • Michael Casey OCSO, author, lecturer, trappist monk of Tarrawarra, Australia. Specialist in medieval monastic tradition and the Rule of Saint Benedict
  • Isabelle Jonveaux, French scholar, author, researcher in economic, cultural and social aspects of monasticism. Instructor at the University of Graz, Austria
  • David Foster OSB, choirmaster and professor of Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, author of books on lectio divina and prayer
  • Thomas Quartier OSB, professor of Leuven and Titus Brandsma Institute in Nijmegen
  • Emmanuelle Billoteau OSB, French nun, speaker, spiritual director and scholar specialising in mystical and monastic spirituality
  • Bernhard Eckerstorfer OSB, Austrian theologian, speaker, formator and journalist

For a complete listing of professors, please consult our Google document at the link below. You may download this in multiple formats by clicking the menu within the document: “File > Download as…” .

Detailed list of professors   :   Google document link
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Fees and registration

Scholarships are available. Please email : istitutomonastico@anselmianum.com
Monks are welcome to live at Sant’Anselmo during and between the modules; nuns in neighboring monastic facilities.

Fees 
One session (10 days)
room and board in the college of Sant’Anselmo€700
teaching and administration€650
TOTAL€1.350
One module (2 sessions)
room and board in the college of Sant’Anselmo€1.400
teaching and administration€1.300
TOTAL€2.700
Two modules (4 sessions)
room and board in the college of Sant’Anselmo€2.800
teaching and administration€2.600
TOTAL€5.400
Four modules (8 sessions)
room and board in the college of Sant’Anselmo€5.600
teaching and administration€5.000
TOTAL€10.600

Registration

Registration for this program begins June 2017. Registration is available online, please click here and follow the steps to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to email istitutomonastico@anselmianum.com.

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