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St Thomas Institute in Moscow.

On June 23, almost 50 students in five different educational curricula received their graduation diplomas. Such an unusually large number (for our capacities) was due to the fact that both two biennial (Theology, Psychology & Spirituality) and three one-year programs (Art & Spirituality, Christology, and a shortened version of Psychology & Spirituality) were finished in the Spring 2017 semester. The graduation day is always the occasion to share the gratitude and the wealth of experience of studying at STI, as well as the moment to celebrate – for example, by enjoying the delicious cake with STI logo, prepared by one of the students!

Here are the words of Anna Menner, a graduate of the Psychology & Spirituality program (and the professional translator into Russian of many books in psychology and spirituality), who now continues to deepen her knowledge in this field, taking advanced courses in the new curriculum: “For me, studying at STI is another step in discovering the complex reality of the human person… I want to understand how the spiritual and the psychological principles interact within us; how the human person should be treated in a holistic way, without detracting any of the aspects of his or her inner world; how to help those who suffer from emotional and behavioral problems stemming from their childhood traumas, and those who have a false image of God and are unable to accept His love.”

In 2017/18 academic year we offer two advanced curricula in Theology & Art (entitled “Theological Thought in Images of Art”) and Psychology & Spirituality (with the name “Personal and Spiritual Growth: Guidelines and Paths”). On September 9, about 17 students in each of the programs have begun attending classes (or continue from the previous year). As a novelty, from October 2017 we will start offering some courses online through a distance-learning technology (“webinars”). This way we respond to numerous requests to make our curricula available to those who cannot attend our Institute in person. The first such course is entitled “The Christian Witness and Identity in the East and in the West: Past and Present” and will consist of a series of ten online sessions. In perspective, we expect this new branch of our academic activity to grow considerably and become a priority for us.

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