In 1993, Denver hosted Pope John Paul II for the largest gathering of young people in the state of Colorado: World Youth Day. This iconic moment in Denver’s history enlivened the spiritual landscape of Denver, so much so that many have referred to this moment as a revolution. The fruit of this visit has transformed Denver into the heart of the New Evangelization in the United States. Living in Denver students flourish in a multi-faceted Catholic community, anchored at the School but extending to parishes, schools, and apostolates in Denver, a center of the New Evangelization. Students grow personally in their readiness to serve God’s people in their chosen field of apostolic service.
The Augustine Institute’s Graduate School of Theology began as a residential program, and our academic fellowship in Denver will always form the very heart of our identity.
All of our academic programs are essentially a formation in charity and truth, in the love of God and in attentive learning from the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The distinctive strengths of our online program flow from the vitality of our on-campus experience. Thus, making a special investment in our on-campus program redounds to the good of all our students. Our students profit from an intellectual and spiritual formation offered with great fidelity and care.
The required courses for both the M.A. Theology and the M.A. in Leadership for the New Evangelization offer a rigorous handing-on of Christian doctrine from its very sources: Sacred Scripture, the writings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church, the decrees of the Councils and papal magisterium, and the wisdom of the saints. For full-time on-campus students, dedicated seminars strengthen this formation through guided conversation, active participation, and a tailored pedagogy. Two of the foundational courses—The Creed and Jesus & the Gospels—are offered in this seminar format. In addition, full-time on-campus students take a weekly seminar throughout their two years of study. The Leadership seminar focuses on the students’ experiences in their apostolic internships and on honing the theological, spiritual, and professional tools that they need to enter fruitfully into ecclesial work. The Theology seminar helps students to draw together the themes treated across the curriculum into a synthetic vision of theological wisdom; during each of its four semesters, the seminar concentrates on a single major figure: St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. John Paul II.
This classroom and conversational life is ordered to the good of the whole human person, intellectual, moral, and spiritual. Every professor strives consistently to connect his or her subject to the life of discipleship.
The School also offers a variety of formation opportunities ranging from individual spiritual direction to group retreats, all grounded in a rich sacramental and liturgical life.
As Holy Mass is at the center of our daily schedule, academic and spiritual formation are intertwined. Students are especially encouraged to attend the noon Mass on days when they have class or seminar. Lunchtime reading and discussion groups naturally flow from the midday liturgy. And monthly on Thursdays, we pray Vespers prior to an evening lecture, musical performance, or other leisure activity. Off-site activities regularly mark the calendar, beginning with the annual Mountain Getaway in August and continuing through the year with various gatherings.