The Augustine Institute Forum offers inspiring formation in wisdom and charity by engaging with classical texts, topics of perennial interest, and subjects of present concern.

Gatherings of the Forum take various forms, including lectures, seminars, workshops, and short courses taught by the faculty of the Augustine Institute’s Graduate School of Theology and honored guests. All include opportunities for common prayer, conversation with faculty and fellow participants, and refreshment.

Forum conversations are limited in size; a modest fee guarantees one’s spot. Scholarships are available for priests, seminarians, and lay men and women serving in parishes, schools, and charitable works, as well as for those with demonstrable financial need. Unless otherwise noted, the fee for each series is $60, or $100 for couples.

To register or to inquire about scholarships or group rates, call Ms. Kathryn Murray at 303.937.4420.

Spring 2018 Offerings

The Sacrament of Charity

January 26, February 2, February 9

Benjamin Akers, S.T.D.
Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (Evening Prayer at 6:30; refreshments after the lectures)
St. Francis classroom
30 participants

The Most Holy Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”  This series will explore this great mystery of our faith.  We will examine texts from Sacred Scripture, the saints and the Magisterium, in particular, Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis, with the hope of developing a renewed “Eucharistic wonder.”

Hearing Christ in the Prophets

February 23, March 2, March 9

Mark Giszczak, S.S.L., Ph.D.
Fridays in Lent at 1:00 p.m. (11:30 a.m. Stations of the Cross; 12:00 noon Mass)
Lenten soup, cheese, and bread at 12:30 p.m. in the St. Clare classroom
18 participants

The prophets of the Old Testament invite us to repent, warn us of God’s judgment and call us to look forward to the ultimate restoration of all things. This lecture series will explore their message, illuminate its fulfillment in the life of Christ and demonstrate how he speaks through them to us.

Mothers of the Church: Female Saints of Early Christianity

April 6, April 13, April 20

Elizabeth Klein, Ph.D.
Fridays in Eastertide at 10:00 a.m. in the Tolle Lege café
12 participants

This course will examine three stories of early Christian saints, all women who helped to build God’s Church in its infancy: Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (both mothers, who were martyred in North Africa c. 203), St. Macrina (a consecrated single woman and theologian), and St. Marcella (a founder of Roman monasticism). By studying these lives, we will glimpse ancient Christian piety, and consider how these holy women can be witnesses and examples to us today.

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

May 2, May 9, May 16

Scott Hefelfinger, S.T.L.
Wednesdays leading up to Pentecost at 7:45 a.m. (7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer)
Tolle Lege Café
12 participants

We all want to be inspired, to be moved and elevated by something beyond ourselves. God responds to this desire of our hearts by breathing the Holy Spirit into us so that He might live in us and through us. But what does this mean and how does it work? And how does this bolster rather than belittle our personalities and our freedom? By exploring the gifts of the Holy Spirit, received at Baptism and strengthened in Confirmation, we will come to understand how God inspires and transforms us through these gifts, making us apt and ready instruments for God’s work in our hearts and in the world.

How to Talk About Yourself: St Augustine’s Confessions

June 1, June 8, June 15

John Sehorn, Ph.D.
Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (Evening prayer at 6:30 p.m.; refreshments after the lectures)
St. Francis classroom
30 participants

Most of us are concerned to present ourselves publicly in a favorable light. Imagine the shock of a famous bishop and theologian publishing a bombshell memoir recounting his past and present sins! But St Augustine (354-430) tells us that his purpose in writing the Confessions was not to cause a sensation, but to lift minds and hearts to the praise of God. This series provides an introduction to St Augustine’s most celebrated work and considers what we can learn from it about seeing ourselves in the light of God’s truth and mercy.