Foundations in Spirituality: Strengthen Your Understanding of Spirituality and Open Your Heart to a Deeper Spiritual Life

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.

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 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.

Below, graduate Phillip Johnson, Ph.D. shares how the program transformed him and his approach to counseling.



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.


Session Dates and Times

Dates and Times - 2024-2025

Foundations in Spirituality 2024-2025 are in-person classes on Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Dates include:

  • September 21, 2024
  • Oct 19
  • Nov 16
  • Dec 14
  • Jan 18, 2025
  • Feb 22
  • Mar 22
  • April 26
  • May 17

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Registration Fee

  • Program cost $900
  • The main textbook is included in registration fee


Foundations in Spirituality 2024-2025 will be in-person classes at Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. We look forward to welcoming all to come together in community for 9 sessions during this year of programming.



Foundations in Spirituality was transformative for me. It expanded my understanding of who God was, is, and will be through exploring the spiritual practices and experiences of the mystics. I grew up with one narrow understanding of God. It was an image that was unsettling and distant from the Spirit that lives in me and I often felt like my spirituality was incorrect or even irreverent. The Foundations course gave me the much needed “permission “ to experience God's presence that uniquely dwells in My spirit, how the spirit communicates with me, and how I partner with God in bringing Love into this broken world.
~ Ruth N.


I participated in the Foundations in Spirituality course, which began a wonderful, faith-filled journey for me. In Foundations in Spirituality we studied all the saints and holy people from the time of Christ through the Reformation and beyond. I learned so much about their lives, and they all became my friends and mentors. They taught me how to live. I chose St. Teresa of Avila as my mentor because of the way she lived her life as a mystic. It became my goal to find this balance in my life. I also learned how to pray in different ways than I was used to, which has given me a thirst for more time with God ... I have learned “to see God in all things.”
~ Pat J.


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