The Aquinas Academy
The Aquinas Academy was set up under the auspices of the Australian Province of the Marist Fathers by Fr Austin Woodbury SM in March 1945. The Academy began as a centre for the study of Philosophy and Theology in the Thomistic tradition. For some twenty-nine years it continued in this capacity under Fr Woodbury's guidance, in premises at the back of St Patrick's Church, Gloucester Street, in The Rocks (Sydney, NSW). For a short while the Academy offered a License in Philosophy under accreditation from the University of St Thomas in Rome. Since its inception, a number of qualified priests, religious and laity have been part of the lecturing staff. The Academy was one of the pioneers of Catholic adult education in Australia.
Since 1975, the Academy has increasingly focused on general adult education in the faith. Perhaps the most popular of the programs mounted was the Christian Growth Program, offering basic education in theology, morality, psychology and spirituality.
Course: SmartLoving - Engaged
4, 11, 18 & 25 August 2016
Formation for couples preparing to marry in the Catholic Church.
If you are engaged or a committed dating couple, join us on Thursday nights from 6pm for a course designed to empower you to build the relationship you desire. Grounded in the Theology of the Body, this dynamic multimedia course includes liberating insights, engaging couple activities and proven practical strategies.
Courses: Enneagram Personality Type
1-6 &/or 8-9 October 2016
The Enneagram is a powerful and dynamic personality system that describes nine distinct and fundamentally different patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. Two different courses will be conducted in Randwick in October 2016.
Homeless Services Guidebook
Sydney Homeless Connect is a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers who donate their time, energy, love and resources to making a positive impact on homelessness in Australia. Learn more about them by visiting their online Guidebook which shows 60 pages of helpful information for both those who are homeless and those who want to help.
Conference: The Renaissance of Marriage
21-22 October 2016
The National Marriage Conference in October 2016 will explore the themes of Pope Francis' recent exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. The organizers are eager to engage in conversation with all those who work with couples and families, including clergy, marriage educators, counsellors, teachers as well as couples themselves.
Pope's new step in dialogue with Al-Azhar
Vatican City, Jul 13, 2016 - Less than two months after one of Sunni Islam’s highest authorities came to the Vatican following several years of icy relations, Pope Francis has sent a representative to Egypt’s Al-Azhar University in a bid to relaunch dialogue between the two. In accordance with “the explicit wish of Pope Francis,” Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, is currently in Egypt for an official visit to the Al-Azhar University, Read more ...
Vatican ratchets up defense of pope’s family document
The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life, ratcheting up its defense of the pope with new vigor as bishops begin implementing the document around the world. Read more ...
Course: In Praise of God
Rev Dr Bernard McGrath OSB
Mornings, 4, 11, 18 & 25 August 2016
Hymns From John’s Gospel, Peter & Paul’s Letters and the Apocalypse
“One thing which never ceases to inspire me is a paraphrase of 1 Peter 1.8: Although you have not seen him... You rejoice with (the) indescribable and glorious joy of the Gospel!”
Course: Film Lectio II - Freedom, Guilt and Ordinary People
Marie Biddle RSJ / Michael Whelan SM.
Evenings, 10, 17 & 24 August 2016
In the best of the Church tradition one of the central themes is that of freedom. For people like St Gregory of Nyssa and St Bernard of Clairvaux, freedom is the preeminent sign that we are made in the image and likeness of God. This central truth has not always been appreciated. (Course uses the 1980 film by Robert Redford, Ordinary People.)
Marist Presence: 1. Background
Notes by Michael Whelan SM
At the heart of presence is spirituality. The word “spirituality” is used here in a very specific sense: living relationships. All human beings live in four sets of relationships:
· with the “Absolute” – however we name that
· with oneself
· with other human beings and
· with events and things
To speak of Marist presence and therefore spirituality, is to speak of a specific way of relating with God, self, other people and the world.
Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday (24 July 2016)
Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM
He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.”