Community Programs

Theological education means more than Scripture study. It is relevant in all that we do. Aquinas Institute recognizes this and seeks to engage the Catholic community and the broader Christian community in conversations important to their faith lives and their understanding of Church and theology.

Lectures and Prayer at Aquinas Institute

Pray with Pope Francis

Second Sundays Prayer and Potluck

You are invited to pray with the words and message of Pope Francis from Laudato Si. Please contact Sr. Juliet Mousseau with questions at All are welcome. Bring a dish to share!
Aquinas Institute,
November 8, 2015
January 10, 2016
February 14, 2016
March 13, 2016
April 10, 2016

Lectures and Events local Universities and Seminaries:

The Center for the Study of Early Christian Texts at Concordia Seminary cordially invites our colleagues and friends to a lecture by Robert Louis Wilken entitled, "In Defense of Allegory: Sitting at the Feet of the Church Fathers." The lecture will take place on Thursday, December 3, 5:00 PM in the Presidents Room of Concordia Seminary (Click here for further details).

Professor Wilken is an alumnus of Concordia Seminary and we are privileged to be able to welcome him back onto our campus for this lecture. As an internationally recognized historian of the early church, he most recently authored the critically acclaimed The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity.

Admission is free and open to the public, with a wine and cheese reception to follow. Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer to help the spread the word.


Sixth Annual Newman Convocation is Dec. 8, 2015! Hosted Saint Louis University!


Lectures, Retreats, and Workshops in the Metro St. Louis area

'Brewhouse Theology' in Ferguson

Aquinas Institute alumnus Belden Lane will be the guest speaker for the Brewhouse Theology at:

Ferguson Brewing Company
2nd Floor
418 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
Tuesday, November 17, from 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

Belden Lane is an avid backpacker, storyteller, Presbyterian minister and Professor Emeritus of Theological Studies. Belden’s topic is " The Power of Storytelling: Life on the Edge."

Gather at 7 p.m., purchase your food and drinks and the presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact:
Pastoral Associate Jeanne Baer at the Blessed Teresa parish office (524-0500, ext. 357)

Join Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish for an evening of uplifting community, good food and drinks, and inspired discussion.


While Lectio Divina is a method of praying with scripture, Visio Divina (Latin for "divine seeing") is a method for praying with images or other media. While the Orthodox tradition has long practiced praying with images through icons, the western Church is less comfortable with this type of prayer. Visio Divina invites us to see at a more contemplative pace. Join us as we explore this form of prayer and be surprised by a God who is never limited or tied to any image but speaks through them. Presenters: Sr. Ginny Jaskiewicz, CPPS and Sr. Carol Orf, CPPS


For more information or to register, contact:
Sr. Carol Orf at or by phone at 314-560-1028


Place: Sanguis Christi Spirituality Center, 3522 Utah Street
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Cost: Free Will Offering


Mary Magdalene

Description: Mary Magdalene - a mystery or a central player in the Mystery? Mentioned in all four Gospels, but missing in "Acts," she was the first to encounter the Risen Christ and to be sent to announce the Good News. Come behind the scenes of the Gospel story to search anew for the real Mary Magdalene: mystic, visionary, teacher, and wisdom figure. For more information or to register, contact Sr. Carol Orf at 314-560-1028 or at

Presenter: Marilyn Koncen

Place: Sanguis Christi Spirituality Center, 3522 Utah Street
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: $35.00 (lunch provided)
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Advent Retreat

The Incarnation: God Embracing our Humanity and the Human Condition December 4-6 Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, Eureka, Mo.
Directed by Fr. Tom Santen and Aquinas spiritual direction graduates Lucia Signorelli and Steve Givens. See the attached flyer for more information.