Future Courses

CEPHAS 2021: The Search for Truth: Engaging Philosophy & Theology

27th-30th August 2021 

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves (Pope John Paul II, Fides et ratio)

Explore the foundational themes that structure the human search for truth, with the two pillars of reason and Revelation.

CEPHAS 2021 consists of 5 philosophy and 5 theology workshops over three days, to reflect on core human questions and desires and to understand how Christianity responds to our natural capacities to know and to love, to seek the truth and to desire happiness.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate, as well as for Mass, communal prayer and reflection.

Is this course for me?

The course requires no prior qualification or knowledge, but is intended to serve as an introduction or primer to Catholic, Thomistic philosophy and theology.

The course is offered to anyone wishing to engage in this area. It may be of special interest to future, current or former students of philosophy and theology, and secondary-level teachers of the same.

For queries about the course content or requirements, please contact Dr George Corbett at gc63@st-andrews.ac.uk

Venue and how to book? 

CEPHAS 2021 is delighted to partner with the Christian Heritage Centre at Stony Hurst. Participants will stay in the new dedicated retreat centre Theodore House, in the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of the Stonyhurst estate. To find out more, and to book, click here!

All CEPHAS courses have been oversubscribed, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Single room: £240 p.p.

Twin room (sharing): £190 p.p.

Non-residential (includes lunch and dinner): £120


Our staff are voluntary, and the cost of the course includes food and accommodation.

There are bursaries available for anyone (whether employed or not) who would like to come but would benefit from financial assistance.