Academy of Formative Spirituality

Epiphany Association

The Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality is the main outlet through which the Epiphany Association fulfills its commitment to foster research, publication, and dissemination of formative spirituality.

The Academy opened its doors in 2001. In a beautiful setting, conducive to creating an oasis of spiritual living and study, students, visitors, benefactors and friends, follow courses in the field of formative spirituality; spend quiet time in the chapel and library; enjoy the company of a like-minded support community of laity, clergy, and religious, dedicated to faith formation in an ecumenically sensitive setting.

Here at the Epiphany Academy one can take courses on a post-graduate level and accrue continuing education units (CEUs) to advance your professional life and ministry.  In Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Ireland one can enjoy the retreat mode of the Epiphany Life Formation Academy (ELFA) at the mother-center in Pittsburgh, courses include among others, Feeding Our Spiritual HungerMeditating with the Masters and various other inspirational events like the Advent and Lenten Evenings of Reflection.

The Epiphany Academy is to date the only research and publication center of its kind in the world. Its mission is to build a body of work in support of the science, anthropology,  and theology initiated by Fr. Adrian van Kaam, CSSp, PhD in Holland in 1944. While enduring the horror of Nazi Occupation and doing all that he could to help his fellow countrymen, he asked himself what might be the greatest service he could render to humankind in the twenty-first century. The answer he received was to lay the groundwork for a new science of meaning to complement the already existing sciences of measurement available to humankind since the Enlightenment.  He devised in seed fashion a formational-informational approach to help people process their everyday experiences, to show them how to integrate their core values and creeds with what they had to do in the working places of family, church, and society. Now, many years later, we are privileged to continue this breakthrough work at our beautiful Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality headquartered in Pittsburgh with branch campuses in Indianapolis and Dublin, Ireland. 

On a post-graduate basis, in affiliation with the Association of Theological Schools, and as a non-profit entity under the umbrella of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we are dedicated to preparing teachers, chaplains, doctors, nurses, caregivers and leaders in numerous faith groupings to learn the art and discipline of connecting what one believes with how one lives from birth to death.  Graduates of our programs testify to how this course of study enables them to find the meaning behind their story with its joys and sorrows, its limits and blessings.  To ensure the future of this one-of-a-kind school of faith formation is a most worthy goal, well worth the giving. 

Epiphany Certification Program

ECP gathering

About ECP

Epiphany Certification Program (ECP) pursues the highest levels of excellence both theoretically and practically.  It is a unique, ongoing and innovative formation opportunity offered by the Epiphany Association at three locations -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Dublin, Ireland. 

ECP draws upon the Van Kaamian theory of personality, which posits that all people are endowed by the mystery with a transcendence dynamic that orients us to go more deeply into or to go beyond who we are and what we can do by ourselves alone. This way of thinking gives all in attendance the best possible preparation available in the field of formative spirituality.


Epiphany Association

Epiphany Association

Epiphany Association was co-founded in 1979 by Reverend Adrian van Kaam, CSSp, PhD (1920-2007) and Susan Muto, PhD. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing the formational and educational resources needed for the in-depth, ongoing spiritual renewal of life and world in the light of the Judeo-Christian faith and formation tradition.

The word "epiphany," from the Greek epiphania, means a radiant appearance or significant manifestation. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, it connotes any revelation or enlightening presence of God, disclosed to us through people, events, and things. Such expressions as "radiant appearance," "significant manifestation," "enlightening presence," or simply "light" help all persons affiliated in any way with the Associaton to heed the call to form, reform, and transform their lives and to minister to others in faith, hope, and love.


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