Fall 2019: Patterns and Practice in Christian Spirituality

Fall 2019: Patterns and Practice in Christian Spirituality

This course focuses on the spiritual traditions and practices of Christianity, too often neglected among the resources that people draw on for the spiritual life. It will consider how Christian spirituality evolved and changed over the centuries in response to contextual demands, and how different practices from that tradition can help us in our current context to develop lives rooted in prayer, self-awareness and discernment. Topics will include the relationship of theology and spirituality, major historical traditions and contemporary practices of spirituality, and the integration of prayer, meditation and discernment for a healthy Christian spiritual life.

The Rev. Dr. Holly Ratcliffe is an Anglican priest with a background and experience in scholarship, parish ministry, spiritual direction, and ceramic art. She pursued her theological studies at T rinity College, T oronto, General Theological Seminary, New York, and l’Université de Montréal where she completed her doctoral dissertation on the soteriology of Julian of Norwich. Dr. Ratcliffe has served in parishes, prison ministry, and at the Unitas Centre for Christian Spirituality and Meditation in Montreal. She previously taught Christian Spirituality at Montreal Diocesan College for fifteen years.

We aim to make theological education accessible to a wide range of students. This is a rich opportunity for those seeking deeper understanding of Christian faith and spiritual enrichment; and/or wanting to pursue graduate theological education without earning a degree; and/or thinking about ordained ministry, but wanting to discern a call by trying some courses first.

The Montreal School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

This course is given 3 academic credits at the Masters (M.Div.) level. Credits apply to the programs of any of the partner Colleges of MST.


September 11 to Dec 4, 2019: Wednesday evenings 6:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST at The Montreal School of Theology


MST Student $400
Auditing $320
Other $500


Presbyterian College [email protected]
Diocesan College [email protected]
United Theological College [email protected]