Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Course: The Gospel of St. John and Spiritual Life

February - May 2017

What content is covered?
This Course addresses St John's Gospel “Spiritual Theology”. In the early centuries, St John was the only one named by the Church: “The Theologian” (or “The Divine”); this is because of the depth and height of his contemplation and experience of God. When we study the Sources of Spiritual Theology, we consider St John's writings amongst the most important ones. Leaning on the results of modern exegesis and biblical theology, we will go deeper, to perceive and receive the spiritual and practical teachings of St John's Gospel.

The Course is composed of the following topics, though some might overlap :

1- Presentation of the notion of “Spiritual Biblical Theology”, its relationship with modern “Exegesis” and “Biblical Theology”.
2- Introduction to the person of St John: his life (especially the latter part) and his mission.
3- Analyzing the cornerstone of the Gospel of St John: the Wedding at Cana.
4- St John and the Transfiguration of the Lord.
5- Question of “Holy Saturday” in St John. Re-reading Genesis: “Woman”.
6- Structure and goal of the Gospel of St John: the 6 Signs and the main Sign.
7- The First Sign: the New Wine.
8- The Second Sign: healing the son of the centurion.
9- The Third Sign: the paralytic.
10- The Fourth Sign: multiplying the bread.
11- Fifth Sign: the man blind from birth.
12- Sixth Sign: the resurrection of Lazarus.
13- The Sign par excellence: the Crucified.
14- Reading the Resurrection accounts.
15- The Second level of reading of St John's Gospel.

Who might find the course useful?

The course is for all of us who would like to deepen their reading and understanding of scripture. Especially with regards to their growth in spiritual life.
As with all School of Mary courses, the Patroness of the Course is Our Lady, the Mother of Jesus. 

Dates and times of the Course are:

Wednesdays 22 Feb., 1, 8 ,15, 22 and 29 March, 26 April and 3, 10 and 17 May 2017 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Tea and coffee are provided.

Where the course takes place?

The course will take place at St Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London, W2 5DJ. ('Notting Hill Gate' or 'Bayswater' Tube Stations and Buses 7, 23, 27, 28, 31, 70, 328)

Who will teach the course?

The course will be taught by Jean Khoury, a full-time theologian who has studied and taught Spiritual Life in the Church for over twenty years. As well as lecturing world-wide on spiritual life and meditation, Jean is the author of several books, articles and studies on spiritual life and the founder of the School of Mary, a three-level formation in spiritual life (

Jean obtained a degree in Philosophy from the Institut Catholique de Toulouse (France), a Licence in Theology from the Teresianum (Rome) and a Masters in Spiritual Theology from the Institute Catholique de Toulouse (France). He is currently completing his PhD in Spiritual Theology at the Angelicum (Rome) with Monsignor François-Marie Léthel. Courses at the School of Mary constitute his sole source of income.

How much will the course cost?
The cost for the course is £12 per lesson/ £120 for the full course. As the venue has limited capacity and we expect demand to be very high, participants will need to register and pay a deposit of £25 in advance with any remaining balance to be paid on the first day.

How do I sign up for the course?
Participants will need to register to attend the course and pay a £25 deposit.
If you have any questions, please do write to and we will be happy to respond.
The Course will be recorded. So if you want to watch it, please contact us.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New Book: The Foundations of Spiritual Life, according to St Teresa of Avila

Just to announce the publishing of the new book, in both formats, Paperback and eBook:

"The Foundations of Spiritual Life, according to St Teresa of Avila",
by Jean Khoury, 123 pages.

You can find it here for the Paperback (USA) Paperback (UK) and here for the eBook format (USA) and eBook (UK). 

From the Cover of the Book:

The Book presents in one volume the core elements of the teaching of St Teresa of Avila in
a highly approachable manner.
St Teresa is a great Master of the Spiritual Life, a Prophet sent by God five centuries ago, a Light that is capable of offering pertinent guidance for the Church.
The author follows St Teresa from within, in her personal relationship with the Risen Lord, revealing the secrets of her teaching and the fruitful way for a living spiritual life that leads to fullness.
St Teresa emerges from this presentation under a new light, capable of inspiring us today.
Formation in Spiritual Life is a very important field in the Church, and it is based on a healthy practical and living Spiritual Theology. The author shows us how St Teresa is capable of renewing these vital areas in the Church.
The book also takes us through the various aspects of the Prayer of the Heart, showing us the ups and downs that can occur. Not only does the author deal with these difficulties, but he does so in a detailed and lively manner.
His approach is of inestimable value in the formation of adult Christians, and indeed in the evangelisation of the Church.

Here are the Chapters of the book:
  • St Teresa of Avila's Important Dates     5
  • Her books     7
  • 1- Is Mysticism for Everybody?     9
  • 2- St. Teresa's Conversion; the meaning of her life     17
  • 3- Christ the Groom     25
  • 4- The Way of Contemplative Prayer     31
  • 5- The Particular Help of the Grace of God     37
  • 6- The Supernatural     43
  • 7- Finding the Correct Path in the Spiritual Life     51
  • 8- Mapping Spiritual Life     57
  • 9- The Movement of Contemplative Prayer     61
  • 10- The Necessity of Mental Prayer     67
  • 11- Humility     73 
  • 12- Detachment     79 
  • 13- Fraternal Charity     85 
  • 14- God's Entrepreneur     91 
  • 15- Evangelisation     99 
  • 16- Teresa's Heritage     111 
  • Conclusion     121