Foundations in Spirituality 2023-2024

Spiritual Formation

Saturday 09/23/2023 - Saturday 05/18/2024
10:00am - 3:00pm EST

Foundations in Spirituality is a serious reflective study that opens our minds and hearts to the teachings and life examples of the great Christian spiritual teachers that continue to deepen our present spiritual journey.


Christ will make His home in your heart as you trust in Him.
Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong.
- Ephesians 3:17


Explore the rich preaching of St. Dominic; the unbreakable faith of St. Teresa of Avila; the deep spirituality of St. John of the Cross; the life-giving wisdom of the Beguines; the daily prayerful life of St. Ignatius; and the lives of many more who continue to enrich our own faith and spirituality.

The course introduces the practice of contemplative prayer as grounding practices for living a richer spiritual life. Respond to the yearning in your heart for a deeper relationship with God by returning to the Foundations in Spirituality.

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Grow in understanding and appreciation of the diverse ways God has been present to and involved in the lives of the great spiritual teachers and guides throughout history
  • Encourage awareness, commitment to, and integration of the spiritual journey in daily life through writing and living a personal rule of life
  • Develop an understanding of contemplative attitudes and presence as basic to living a spiritual life
  • Provide opportunity for an introductory study of writings from the spiritual classics for the purpose of reflection, discussion, and personal appropriation
  • Foster respect for the diversity in past and present theology and spirituality.
  • To present basic principles and tools for discernment that are useful for personal, prayerful decision making


Foundations in Spirituality 2023-2024 will include a combination of online and in-person classes on Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm. We look forward to welcoming all to come together in community, in person, for 5 sessions during this year of programming.

Dates include:

  • September 23, 2023  (in person)
  • Oct 21   (in person)
  • Nov 18   (online)
  • Dec 16  (online)
  • Jan 20, 2024 (in person)
  • Feb 17  (online)
  • Mar 16  (online)
  • April 20   (in person)
  • May 18  (in person)



Amanda Dobson

Spiritual Director, Apprentice, Foundations in Spirituality Facilitator, Tending the Call Facilitator

Amanda Dobson is an associate coordinator for the Spirituality Programs at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College.  She serves as a member of the Formation Team and is deeply involved in the center’s Spiritual Formation Programs through the facilitation and teaching of Foundations in Spirituality, Tending the Call, and Preparing for Advent. Amanda holds a B.A. in English, a certificate for Spiritual Direction from DCM, and is a 2019 graduate of The Living School, Albuquerque, NM.  She is a wife and mother of three and lives in Ada, Michigan.



Tuition + Fees


  • Program is 10:00 am – 3:00 pm with a break from  12:00 – 1:00pm
  • Books are not included in registration fee
  • Financial scholarships are available – call 616-514-3325 or email    to request information.

Formation Intensive Held Online



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