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St. Francis de Sales and the Salesians: A Spirituality for the Modern World

  • Creighton University Professor of Theology
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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Learn from the powerful model of Salesian spirituality and deepen your relationship with God and the world.   

St. Francis de Sales (1567–1622) was born to a life of privilege, but after experiencing a profound conversion, he abandoned his wealth to devote himself to God. He went on to become a champion of the poor and a renowned preacher.  Along with his spiritual friend St. Jane de Chantal, St. Francis de Sales taught the tradition of devout humanism. The Salesian tradition carries a vital message: God desires you to know and be close to him.   

These 12 inspiring lectures invite you to reflect on this message, leading you to the full realization of your identity as beloved son or daughter of God. Under the guidance of one of the world’s leading Salesian spirituality experts, you will explore inspiring models in the Salesian tradition. 

You will explore such notable figures as St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, whose revelations of devotion to the Sacred Heart are alive in the Church today, and St. John Bosco, the founder of a remarkable Salesian order.  Salesian spirituality will provide you with insights into meditative and contemplative prayer, spiritual friendships, family, and everyday virtues. 

This beautiful has led countless women and men to true intimacy with God and each other. Join St. Francis de Sales and the Salesians in awakening a deeper spirituality today. 

*This course was previously titled A World of Hearts: The Salesian Spiritual Tradition. 

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Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • The Salesian Tradition: A Quality of Heart
  • A Tradition is Born
  • A World of Hearts
  • The Devout Life
  • Golden Chains: Spiritual Friendship
  • God’s Visitation and Ours
  • Gentleness and Humility: The Little Virtues
  • Salesian Prayer
  • The Freedom of God’s Children: Living Between the Two Wills
  • Margaret Mary Alacoque and The Sacred Heart
  • The 19th Century Salesian Pentecost: Piedmont, Savoy and Paris
  • The 19th Century Salesian Pentecost: Troyes, France, England and America
About Your Presenter

Wendy Wright is a leading expert on Salesian spirituality. A theology professor at Creighton University holds the John C. Kenefick Faculty Chair in the Humanities.

Professor Wright is a gifted author of many books, including Bond of Perfection: Jeanne de Chantal and Francois de Sales (1st ed Paulist/enhanced ed. DeSales Resource Center), Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Direction (Paulist Press Classics of Western Spirituality Series), and Francis de Sales: Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God (Crossroad Spiritual Legacy Series/enhanced ed. DeSales Resource Center).

A celebrated teacher, Professor Wright regularly engages diverse audiences. For example, she teaches at several graduate ministerial programs including Creighton’s Christian Spirituality Master’s program and the National Methodist Academy for Spiritual Formation. She is co-host with Dr. J. O’Keefe of the Creighton University podcast “Catholic Comments”.

Professor Wright specializes in the history of spirituality, family spirituality, spiritual direction and the Catholic devotional tradition.

Customer Reviews (0)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Excellent historical survey that puts Salesian spirituality in context. Review by Thomas Welbers, Los Angeles, CA, USA (Posted on 1/25/2017)
Fall Survey: October 2016
I loved the infusion of spirituality with historical perspective. Since I am not well traveled, and history is not my forte, I am enjoyed learning the tidbits as best I can. Visuals are helpful for me, but I find I do not have the luxury of watching as I listen. To date, I can say that I wish for programs I have purchased in DVD format, that the visuals were stronger....more captivating. For example, let the camera enter the home...let me see the interior of a church...let me see a relic or monastery...,not just as a single image, but as something with life. Review by Donna (Posted on 10/17/2016)
The spirituality and theology of St. Francis de Sales is vastly under-known and under-appreciated. Dr. Wright's introduction to Salesian spirituality is a wonderful start to getting to know the Saint and his work; it made me hope for many more programs on Salesian thought. Review by Suzanne Toczyski, Mill Valley, CA, USA (Posted on 4/16/2015)
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