About Epiphany Academy

The Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality is the main subsidiary through which the Epiphany Association fulfills its commitment to promote the teaching, research and publication of formative spirituality and in-depth adult formation.    We are committed to ongoing spiritual formation for Christian laity, clergy, and religious  — “change your heart, change your life!”

Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality and the Epiphany Association are international organizations whose prototype began in the 1940’s with the pioneering work of Fr. Adrian van Kaam, CsSp. We specialize in the field of “Formative Spirituality” — a universally relevant science, anthropology and theology of formation — that is disseminated through our teaching, programming, and publications including books, articles, audio, and video resources.

In addition, we are deeply committed to the promotion of the literature of spirituality, specifically the ancient, medieval, and modern Christian masters, and strive to offer unique opportunities for lifelong, in-depth formation of the human and Christian heart. 

The present Academy building opened its doors in 2001 and is located in Pittsburgh, PA. In a beautiful venue that serves as an oasis for spiritual reflection and study, our students, visitors, and friends enjoy fellowship in an ecumenically sensitive setting.  Students and visitors to the Academy may access classes, days of reflection, retreats, and quiet time in the Chapel and Library.

 We offer both an on-site and an online Bookstore that features the writings and teaching of  Fr. Adrian van Kaam and Dr. Susan Muto, in addition to our extensive 11,000-volume onsite Library.

We welcome you to learn more about our outreach and mission as you explore our website and bookstore. 

A Message from the dean

Spiritual Formation, or to use our preferred term “Formative Spirituality,” facilitates our openness to the transcendent dimension of life while enhancing our participation in every aspect of personal and shared responsibility. Our purpose is to unfold slowly, methodically and consistently a basic, universal, and classical approach to the process of Spirit-guided formation, re-formation and graced transformation in accordance with our unique-communal life call in Trinitarian love. 

Ours is a formational and an educational ministry in the deepest sense of these terms. We bring people together to engage with the classics of Spirituality, read the Word of God, and to assuage our ever-growing hunger for a moral and spiritual life in a turbulent, changing world. 


At the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality, we offer the kind of ongoing formation that lasts and outlasts life’s many transitions. I invite you to access our unique, in-depth courses in Formative Spirituality here at the Academy!