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Augustine Institute Short Course

The Character of a Christian: St. Francis de Sales and the Devout Life with Dr. Christopher O. Blum

We would like to invite you to participate in a miniature version of an Augustine Institute distance course! Over the course of four weeks, you will get an overview of St. Francis de Sales’s classic work, Introduction to the Devout Life, and you will have the chance to experience our sophisticated online education environment. You will even get to participate in online discussions and communicate with the professor via class teleconferences.

Dr. Christopher Blum is the Academic Dean at the Augustine Institute and host of the Augustine Institute production True Reformers. He has also translated two volumes of St. Francis de Sales including The Sign of the Cross and Roses Among Thorns.

If you are considering a graduate degree online but want to test the waters first, join us this summer for the St. Francis de Sales Short Course!

Course description: The Introduction to the Devout Life (1608) by St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) is one of the most-beloved spiritual handbooks of the Christian patrimony. In this short course, we will situate the Devout Life within de Sales’s life and consider its teaching that the Christian’s character is formed by faith, hope, and charity.

Fee: $50 per person or household

When: July 18, 25, August 1, and 8. 1 hour and 15 minutes of lecture per week.

This Short Course is full, and registration is no longer available. Please check back soon to see what Short Courses will be offered next!

Dr. Christopher O. Blum

“Inasmuch as divine love adorns the soul, it is called grace, which makes us pleasing to his Divine Majesty. Inasmuch as it strengthens us to do good, it is called charity. When it has reached a degree of perfection at which it not only makes us do good but also do this carefully, frequently, and promptly, it is called devotion.”
Introduction to the Devout Life, I.1