Upcoming Courses

Benedicta Enrichment Seminar June 27-28, 2024

“Women Mystics and the Divine Life Within”

The women mystics are icons for the modern Catholic woman, aiding them through their own life’s witness how to make progress in the spiritual life and appropriate the graces–both ordinary and extraordinary–to their circumstances, states in life, and apostolic endeavors. 

During this Benedicta Enrichment Seminar, you will learn:

The Foundation of Mysticism:

• What authentic mysticism is

• The relationship between mysticism and prayer and the sacraments

• Modes of the mystical experience

The Mystical Experience and its Apostolic Fruit:

• Mysticism as demonstrated through the lives of various saints like St. Julian of Norwich, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Gertrude the Great, St. Bridget of Sweden, St Teresa of Avila, St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Angela Foligno, St. Clare, and many more!

Note: For students enrolled the the Benedicta Institute for Women Certification Program, this Benedicta Enrichment Seminar is worth 1 equivalency credit.

Location:

Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA

Presenter:

Summer Online Course July 8-August 11 2024

Among the four female Doctors of the Church, two of them are Carmelite.  What is the relationship between the Carmelite tradition of prayer and a Catholic theology of womanhood?  This course will consider the A-Z essentials of the Carmelite charism by studying the spiritual classic of Saint Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection.  Saint Teresa leads us to understand the gradual perfection of charity through a determined determination of heart.  Altogether, the specific Carmelite form will be put into sharp relief in order to calibrate the contemplative character of woman according to the Marian rhythms of divine grace.

Course:

Essentials of Carmelite Spirituality

Theme:​

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Required Texts:

The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 2 (featuring The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle)
 

Materials/Financial Aid

Fall Immersive October 14-20, 2024

According to the timeless ancient axiom, agere sequitur esse – “doing follows being.” In order to know how to act, we first must know who we are. This course asks the question, “Who is the human being?” Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Caryll Houselander are two prominent twentieth-century Catholic women who offer sustained reflection on this vital question. By exploring their enlightening lives and writings, students will encounter the truth, goodness and beauty of the meaning of being human.

Course:

“The Dignity of Dust: Contemplating our Humanity”
3 equivalency credits

Theme:

God and the Human Person

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