Course Description

Due to the covid pandemic, participation in the seminar will only be available online, via videoconferencing, and not in person.

The link for video conferencing is available upon registration.


Inspired by the famous gatherings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis at Oxford’s Eagle and Child pub, these seminars feature a presentation on an influential piece of Catholic literature, conversation, prayer, and glass of your favourite beverage.  Please “Bring your own Beverage” of either beer, wine or soft drink to share.

In this seminar, Dr. Ryan Hanning will lead a discussion on his new book, The Willpower Advantage: Building Habits for Lasting Happiness. The WillPower Advantage helps people to build the virtues they need by providing practical wisdom from ancient and contemporary sources. The book includes a Spiritual Audit, which identifies a person's temperament along with its strengths and weaknesses. The virtues each person's temperament needs are then presented systematically with practical tips for strengthening them.

Dates:  Tuesdays

February 2, 16,
March 2, 9, 16, 23

Times: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The Institute Classroom is located to the west of the church, in the parish office building, south of the gift shop, towards Campbell Ave.

Phone: 602-954-9089

ICT Fellow

Ryan Hanning, PhD

Ryan Hanning is a popular speaker and Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies. He led University of Mary’s unprecedented partnership with Arizona State University, and developed a graduate program in philosophy, theology and education for Catholic Educators. Ryan is a principal Fellow of the San Juan Diego Institute which serves several Universities, non-profits and Catholic apostolates. Ryan also serves as a theological consultant and speaker for Catholics Come HomeTM and Amen AlleluiaTM. In addition to teaching and consulting, he writes and speaks internationally on education, theology, ethics and virtuous leadership. Dr. Hanning currently homesteads in Tennessee with his beautiful wife Rebecca, and their ten well socialized homeschooled children. He secretly idolizes Dr. Westby and consequently has become a hockey fan.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    About the Seminar

    • About Our Seminars in Catholic Theology

    • Welcome to the Seminar

    • Course Syllabus

    • Zoom Video Link

    • Purchasing the Book/Other Materials

  • 2

    Session 1

    • Video - Session 1

  • 3

    Session 2

    • Video - Session 2

  • 4

    Session 3

    • Video - Session 3

  • 5

    Session #4

    • Session 4

  • 6

    Session #5

    • Session #5

  • 7

    Session #6

    • Session #6

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