"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)


Course: Odyssey of the Heart I

Exploring the Role of Emotions and the ‘heart’ in the Christian Story

Please note: This Course has been cancelled.

JTom Ryan

Thomas Ryan SM PhD

Please note: This Course has been cancelled.

Seminar I: traces the growth in human affectivity in Greek thought and drama, the Scriptures (Hebrew and Christian) and Augustine’s Confessions.

Four Tuesday mornings, 10:00am - 12noon, May 10 - 31, 2017, Cost: $144

Cultivating the Soul: Preamble

  • A Culture in Transition
  • An Exclusive and Leisured Pursuit
  • An Inclusive and Communal Activity

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Relationship Seminar I

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This is a repeat of the March 2017 Course.
The number of participants will be limited.

“Relationship is written into the very nature of human beings. As the Bible sees human beings, you cannot think about them, without recognizing that they are, as it were, made for relationship.” [Aelred Squire, Asking the Fathers, SPCK, 1972, 20]

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Course: The Politics of Decency


For our purposes, ‘decency’ stands for fairness, justice, peace, security, dignity, inclusiveness, acceptance of difference, religious toleration, and self-determination for all; a fair distribution of wealth and income, universal access to the material and cultural amenities available in our society; equal life chances; and equal rights to participate in civic and political affairs. ‘The politics of decency’ refers to guidelines for political decision-making and civic activism that cultivate decent societies with no second-class citizens.

Winton Higgins is a visiting research fellow in cultural studies at the University of Technology Sydney. A graduate of the universities of Sydney, Stockholm and London, he has been a board member of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for the last fifteen years, and is the author of the Holocaust-themed travel diary, Journey into Darkness (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2003) and addressed genocide worldwide in The Magnitude of Genocide with Colin Tatz (Praeger, 2016).

Presenter: Winton Higgins PhD
When: Four Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, 6 - 27 June, 2017
Where: Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, 2000
Cost: $144

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PLEASE register before the course starts so that notes will be available. It helps a lot!

Course: Writing Your Life (I) - A Freeing Journey

Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
JCatherine Hammond

Two things will happen with this course. First, through stimulating and fun techniques, you'll find memories coming alive, incidents you've almost forgotten -- funny, moving, significant -- and writing them down will give you a record of your life and times for your children and grandchildren. Second,looking at where you've been, what you've done, what you've felt over the years will bring deep insights, new freedom and growth.

Catherine Hammond has degrees in education, creative writing and philosophy, has authored several books and has been an editorial manager and free-lance editor. Over the years she has worked very closely with many life-story writers and has watched amazing things happen.

In various ways, you'll be helped to recall and describe your meaningful moments, and the whole experience will lead you to a greater awareness of yourself and all that fills your life.

Presenter: Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 7 - 28 June 2017
Cost: $144 per person

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PLEASE register before the course starts so that notes will be available. It helps a lot!

Days of Solitude and Silence 2017

JNazareth01Aquinas Academy has a place of solitude and silence called "Nazareth". It is situated 75 minutes from the Sydney CBD at Colo.

We organize special days on which we take small groups there for a few hours of solitude and silence.

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