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11:00am-1:00pm (PDT)


Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few
JESUS (Mt 7:13-14).

Meditating on these words of Jesus, St John of the Cross pondered what the narrow way might look like.  In his own theological formation, St John of the Cross (Doctor of the Universal Church) had studied diligently the Summa Theologiae of the great St Thomas Aquinas (Doctor of the Universal Church, Doctor of Doctors, and the Common Doctor).  This two-year programme focuses on the teaching of these two Doctors, along with the teaching of two other Doctors of the Church, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux.

Is there a normative path that every soul follows as it moves toward union with God?  What does the narrow way look like?  How can we recognize whether we are on it?  How can we help others to progress on this narrow way which leads to eternal life that our joy may be complete?  In this programme, we will unpack the teaching of these great Doctors of the Church in order to answer these questions.

This programme is designed to help Spiritual Directors and Fomators as well as teachers, parents, and parish workers.  It is a must for anyone who has ever been interested in spiritual theology and the path of prayer.

Join us in learning to understand the wisdom of these great Doctors, and to recognize the signs of true growth in holiness.


The Supernatural Organism, Grace, and the Virtues

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit


The Stages of Prayer and Spiritual Direction

The Dark Nights and Spiritual Direction

Enjoy the Interactive Lectures and Discussions from your own home

Real-time Participation & Regular Feedback from your Academic Tutor

Dr Denise Clare Oliver and Dr Christina Pal lead the teaching team for this programme.  Prior to joining the Academy of the Annunciation (AoA), Dr Oliver was a professor of Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, an invited lecturer for the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, and Director of Theology at the School of the Annunciation.  Dr Christina Pal has a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome.  Prior to joining the AoA, Dr Pal was an adjunct professor for the Augustine Institute and for Christendeom College’s Rome programme, and she was the Senior Academic Tutor for the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey.

The Structure of the Programme

The programme is comprised of four courses (or modules) two of which will be completed during each of the two academic years.

Each week during the three terms of the academic year, you enjoy a 2 hour session of lecture and discussion. In addition, you have brief reading assignments to complete each week and each month there are short exercises associated with the reading assignments and lectures.  These formative activities form 10% of the final grade for the module.

There are two assignments for each module; together, these form 90% of the mark for the module.  The short formative activities, together with feedback from the Academic Tutor, help students in their preparation for the graded assignments.

The purpose of the assignments and assessments is to help students to internalise and appropriate the material being presented in the lectures and discussions.

Your exercises and assignments are submitted on our Veritas@AoA learning management system (run on the Moodle platform).

Studying for Personal Enrichment only

The Academy of the Annunciation welcomes students to attend our courses for personal enrichment, but without the pressure of assignments and assessments for a certificate or diploma.  Once you have registered for the course, please send an email to the Academic Tutor indicating that you wish to study for personal enrichment and will not be completing the assignments or assessments for a certificate or diploma. you can reverse this decision during the first month of the programme, if your experience leads you to choose to do the assignments and assessments for a certificate or diploma.

You can email the Academic Tutor at christina@aoa-edu.com

How it works

Once you have registered, you will receive an email on the evening before each lecture/discussion session, with the link for the next day’s session.

On the first day of the programme, there will be an option test meeting 30 minutes before the start of the session – for anyone who wishes to practice clicking the link and making sure they can see and hear without any problems.  At the time of the session, to “enter the meeting room”, you simply click the link in your email, follow the directions, and you are in!  There is no need for any app or any advanced computer or technical skill.

Real-time Interactive Participation

Once you are in the “meeting room”, you can see and hear everything.  To ask questions, or participate in the discussion, you simply un-mute your microphone (or you can opt to just listen).  We prefer everyone’s web-cam to be turned on, so that we’re all visible to each other, but you can opt to turn off your web-cam.  You can ask questions, contribute to the discussion and participate just as you would if you were onsite – all form the comfort of your own home!

The Cost

The tuition cost for each year of the programme, including all the help you will receive from your personal academic tutor, is £998 (if you pre-pay all at once).

If you prefer to pay on a monthly basis, it is £120 per month (pre-paid at least one week before the first session of the month).

Join Us Now!

Deepen your understanding of Catholic Spiritual Theology through live lectures (via video-conferencing) with inter-active discussion and real-time participation, all from the comfort of your own home, and meet fellow disciples from all over the world!

Places are limited.  Please register as soon as possible to ensure you have a reserved place.

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