FRANCISDESALES SOURCES&SPIRIT (SP-4571)

(01/30/2023-05/19/2023)

Course Memo

SPRING 2022

Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva from 1602 to 1622, is known as a French-speaking spiritual author and director, but few understand his roots in the Italian Renaissance and how his training in secular environments prepared him to for his life mission as one of the foremost Catholic Reformers in the aftermath of the Council of Trent. This course provides the opportunity to examine his principal works as well as lesser known personal writings in an attempt to understand the basis for Salesian spirituality that he (perhaps unknowingly) originated -- a lay spirituality in the Catholic tradition that paved the way for Vatican II. Format: Primary sources studied and discussed; final grade based on research paper and class presentation.

SPRING 2023

St Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva from 1602 to 1622, is known as a French-speaking spiritual author and pastoral guide. Few Americans understand his roots in the Italian Renaissance, and how his training in secular environments prepared him for his life mission as one of the foremost Catholic Reformers in the aftermath of the Council of Trent. This course provides the opportunity to examine his principle works as well as lesser known personal writings in an attempt to understand the basis for Salesian spirituality that he (perhaps unknowingly) orginated -- a lay spirituality in the Catholic tradition that paved the way for the reforms of Vatican I