"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.)

FAQ

Do I need to be a Christian to join this course?

All people of good will are welcome at Aquinas. We do recommend that you come as an honest searcher, an adult with a questioning mind.

Do I need to bring anything along to the classes?

Most of the courses and workshops at Aquinas are informal. You might find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to jot down your own reflections and references for further reflection. However if you are studying for the Certificate in Religious Studies course you may wish to take more comprehensive notes for the assignments. Most courses have hand out material supplied.

Do I need to buy any other books to do the courses?

Some courses have a Reader that is produced as an aid which is available for purchase at the beginning of the course. From time to time the presenters my also recommend texts. Normally you will not need to buy any other books.

Are there course fees?

Yes, there are course fees. Aquinas is a not-for-profit adult education centre run by the Marist Fathers. Course fees cover part of the cost for keeping Aquinas going. If a genuine student is unable to afford the course, a donation is accepted. This should be negotiated beforehand.

Do you have a bookstore?

Yes, Aquinas has a small selection of books for sale, both new and used. We are also willing to order in books on request.