"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

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.