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Benedicta Institute ONLINE Course: Essentials on Carmelite Spirituality

Benedicta Institute for Women ONLINE Summer Course:

Essentials in Carmelite Spirituality

Theme: Carmelite Spirituality

(3 equivalency credits)

Instructor: Dr. Donald Wallenfang

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 will be offered through the Canvas platform.)

Students work at their own pace to complete the assignments each week. The instructor will hold a live Zoom lecture on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm--8:00 PM ET (July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6th). Students will have until Sunday to complete their coursework for each week.

Required Texts:

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

Shoeless: Carmelite Spirituality in a Disquieted World by Dr. Donald & Megan Wallenfang

Event Date/Time(s)

START: Monday, July 08 at 6:00 PM US/Eastern
END: Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 PM US/Eastern

Event Information

COST: Tuition is $1095 plus a $35 registration fee
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  • Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD

    Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and Academic Advisor for the Benedicta Institute. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his PhD in systematic theology from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Catholic theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, and sacramental theology. Wallenfang served in full-time Catholic youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-three years and has six children.