The Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales

Instructor: Fr. Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Francis de Sales was one of the first to articulate a lay spirituality in the Church – and Vatican II cited this gentle bishop of Geneva when describing the Universal Call to Holiness (Lumen Gentium, 39-42).

This course offers a general history of the life, work and thought of this missionary, bishop, founder and doctor of the Church. Students will examine the major themes of his spiritual teaching: personal devotion, gentle responsibility, daily life and love of God.

The special role of St Jane-Frances de Chantal is highlighted in synthesizing the impact
of Salesian thought on the spiritual and pastoral life of the Church.

[3.0 units].

Course Number: SP-2505