Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality, Mobile AL

     Greetings to you from Spring Hill College, and thank you for visiting our 2014 Web site.  We are very excited to announce the theme of this years' Institute, Pope Francis The Joy of the Gospel.

     Many have found the words of Pope Francis life giving and challenging.  The Pope’s language, energy and focus are certainly to the heart of our faith and the teaching of the Church.  But his unique expression of why he does what he does, why the Church speaks as she speaks and what is most important for the Church to do and say today are formed in Jesuit Spirituality, and the challenges of the Church in Latin America.

     The Summer Institute will look at some of the iconic expressions and themes of Pope Francis and ask where they come from.   We will look at the Spirituality, Mission and Formation of Jesuits as the source of a language that can help the modern world.

     Ignatius and his companions provided a humanist, renaissance language and spirituality to give voice to and make sense of the centuries’ long traditions of the Church for their own contemporary world at the time of the Reformation (Protestant and Catholic).  Today Pope Francis I, the first Jesuit pope, is using the (humanist) language and spirituality of the contemporary Jesuit order (very much reborn with Vatican II and the leadership of Fr. Pedro Arrupe but also refined in the fire of the Church in Latin America) to give voice to and make sense of the faith of the Church in and for the modern world.

     Now in its 21st year, our annual Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality offers a unique opportunity for continuing education, personal enrichment and renewal and, if you choose, for pursuing one of our certificate or degree programs. The Institute is designed for adults seeking both spiritual enrichment and intellectual challenge. Taught in the Jesuit tradition of excellence, courses may be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit or on an audit basis (no required assignments and no grade). Dates for 2014 are Session I, June 1 - 6 and Session II, June 8 - 13. An individually directed retreat will be held the week after Session II, for either five or eight days, beginning the evening of June 13 and ending after lunch June 21. Retreat dates do not conflict with Institute courses.

     If you have never attended Spring Hill College or the Institute, and wish to receive more information about the event, please email ( or call (251-380-4458 or toll-free 877-857-6742) us and we will be glad to add you to our mailing list or answer any questions you may have.

     We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity for learning and renewal. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. Again, thank you for visiting our Web site and remember to visit again as more details will be added. We look forward to the opportunity of hosting you this summer.


Timothy R. Carmody, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Theology & Ministry


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