Dear Friends,

In anticipation of the grand re-opening of the Archdiocesan School of Pastoral Leadership this Fall, and in response to the shelter-in-place orders in California, we're excited to announce a live online course titled Women and the Mystical Tradition of the Church which will be taught by the very renowned Dr. Anthony Lilles from St. Patrick's Seminary.  

With all this time being cooped up at home, wouldn't it be great if you or your parishioners could virtually invite a professor from our very own St. Patrick's Seminary into your homes to give a college-level course on mystical theology? Wouldn't it be even better if you didn't have to be too concerned about grades or expensive enrollment fees?

Please let your parishioners know about this exciting course!

The course will unfold chief characteristics of mystical wisdom including the mystery of the Church, love of the truth, devotion to Christ, contemplative prayer, Divine Mercy, and the Indwelling of the Trinity. Dr. Lilles will guide students through the lives and teachings of illustrious saints such as St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Hildegard of Bingen, and others.

This eight-week course will include weekly live thirty minute lectures on the mystic’s life, approach to spirituality, and an important doctrinal theme followed by a twenty minute question and answer period. The instruction intends to be mystagogical rather than simply informational, offering those fully initiated into the Catholic Church the opportunity to deepen their encounter with Christ and receive anew His transforming love.

You'll need to act quickly. The first class is free and takes place on May 12th. Pre-registration is required. The first class is free with no commitment to sign up for the whole eight-week course. The full eight- week course, valued at hundreds of dollars, is available to parishioners in the Archdiocese of San Francisco for only $20. All lectures will be archived for later viewing for all who enroll in the full course.

For more information and to enroll now, visit

Martin Ford
Parish Communications Coordinator
Archdiocese of San Francisco
(415) 614-5569