Early Monastic Wisdom: The Desert and the City

Immerse yourself in the writings of the monastic communities of the first five Christian centuries; explore the ways they were inspired to seek Wisdom above all and hear what they had to say to post-Constantinian, urban Christianity.

Spend a week immersed in the monastic sources of the first five centuries and hear for yourself what the desert mothers and fathers had to say to post-Constantinian, urban Christianity. Discover personalities and communities in Egypt, Palestine and Cappadocia and the ways they were inspired to seek Wisdom above all. Explore their deep and practical insight into human hopes and fears, and their enduring guidelines for Christian life. Test whether and how their counter-cultural challenges remain fresh and pithy today.  Early Monastic Wisdom: the Desert and the City is team-taught by Katharine Massam and Carmel Posa SGS, 17-22 July. The intensive begins with a shared meal and film 6pm-9pm on Sunday evening 17 July; classes run from 9.30 – 4.30 on other days (18 – 22 July), and include a visit to the Cistercian community at Tarrawarra in Yarra Glen with input from Fr Michael Casey OCSO.

This subject has already seen a high level of interest and has limited enrolment spaces. For further information or to enrol, email: study@pilgrim.edu.au

Course code CH1010P/8010P
Instructor K Massam and C Posa SGS
Mode of Delivery
Internal – Face to face
Semester 2 Intensive: 17 – 22 July


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