"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)



Outline of Courses for 2019 (Updated)

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May/June 2019

Developing Your Own Spirituality III
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Cost: $150/person

Day of Silence and Solitude: May 4
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

Mysticism: Plain or Flavoured?
Presenter: Thomas Ryan, SM, PhD
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, May 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $150/person

Film Lectio II: Bede Griffiths OSB - A Human Search and the New Creation in Christ
Presenters: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh & Michael Whelan SM, PhD

When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 22, 29, June 5
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, May 22, 29, June 5
Cost: $40/person 

June/July 2019

Thomas Aquinas
Presenter: Andrew Murray SM PhD
When: 3 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 4, 11, 18
Cost: $120/person

Unmasking Violence - Reimagining the Gospel with René Girard
Presenter: Susan Connelly rsj, PhD
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, June 12, 19, 26, July 3
Cost: $150/person 

Day of Silence and Solitude: July 27
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

August 2019

Laudato Si: An Urgent Challenge to Protect our Common Home
Presenters: Winton Higgins, PhD & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am-12noon; August 1, 8, 15, 22
Cost: $150/person

Restorative Dialogue: The Explicit Practice of Relationships
Presenter: Terry O’Connell, OAM
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10 – 12noon; August 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: 150/person 

September 2019

The Mystics: Pathfinders in the Spiritual
Presenter: Sr. Patty Andrew
When: 3 Tuesday mornings, 10am-12noon; September 3, 10, 17
Cost: $120/person (Including summary notes)

Developing Your Own Spirituality IV
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, September 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost: $150/person

Day of Silence and Solitude: September 21
Where: At “Nazareth”, Colo Heights
Cost: $50

The Holy Spirit in St John's Gospel
Presenter: Robert Tilley PhD

When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12 noon, September 25, October 2, 9
Cost: $120/person

October 2019

A View from inside the Royal Commission
Stephen Crittenden, ABC Radio journalist, presenter and producer
3 Tuesday mornings, 10am-12noon; October 15, 22, 29

Film Lectio III: The Green Book
Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, October 16, 23, 30
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm-8pm, October 16, 23, 30
Cost: $40/person 

Tragedy of Sexual Abuse: Where are We Now?
Presenters: Gerard Webster PhD (Psychoanalysis and Philosophy) & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: 3 Friday mornings, 10am-12noon; October 18, 25, November 1
Cost: $120/person 

November 2019

The Poetry of Grace V
Presenter: Michael Griffith, PhD
When: 4 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon; November 6, 13, 20, 27
Cost: 150/person

Developing Your Own Spirituality IV
Presenters: Michael Whelan SM, PhD & Marie Biddle, RSJ, MA, MTh
When: 4 Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8pm, November 7, 14, 21, 28
Cost: $150/person 

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