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,
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


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.


Dreams as a Spiritual Practice

Dreams guide our waking world. By tapping into this reservoir of nightly riches, we can heal, enhance, and sustain every aspect of our lives. This workshop is designed to help us dive into the dream world to aid our spiritual practices. In addition to learning about dream basics, we will explore some spiritual practices to enhance our understanding of dreams, including: "writing letters to our souls" and "dream prayers." There will be an in-workshop exploration of one or two dreams, so please bring whatever written dreams you wish to examine. Additional dream exercises and suggestions will be given, as well as handouts and recommended reading. For more information or to register, contact Sr. Carol Orf at or by phone at 314-560-1028.

Presenter: Rosemary Watts
Rosemary Watts has been actively studying dream analysis since 1980. With dreams as her main focus, she believes that working with dreams enables greater understanding of each individual's life journey. She has been trained in and utilizes many different therapeutic techniques including diverse psychological and spiritual approaches. She holds a Master's in Transpersonal Psychology with a dream specialty.

Place: St. Pius V Rectory Chapel
(near Sanguis Christi Spirituality Center 3522 Utah Street)
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost: $40.00 (lunch provided)
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Do you see this woman? (Luke 7:44)

Our reflection day will be a time for prayer, presentations, sharing and silence. We will reflect on a few women in Luke-Acts in their first century context and today. They include: Mary, the mother of Jesus, the unknown woman, the woman bent over, the women who ministered to Jesus and Lydia.

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

Presenter: Mary Margaret Pazdan, OP
(Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, WI, teacher, professor Emerita of Biblical Studies,
promoter of preaching for her congregation, and author)

Place: St. Pius V Rectory Chapel
(near Sanguis Christi Spirituality Center. 3522 Utah Street)
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:00 - 3:00 pm
Cost: $35.00 (lunch provided)
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, March 9, 2016