Future Courses

CEPHAS 2022: The Search for Happiness: The Cardinal Virtues & the Good Life

26th-29th August 2022 

When we speak of virtues—not only these cardinal ones, but all of them, every virtue—we must always have in mind the real man, the actual man. Virtue is not something abstract, detached from life, but, on the contrary, it has deep “roots” in life itself, it springs from the latter and forms it. Virtue has an impact on man’s life, on his actions and behaviour
(Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio)

Explore together four pillars of the good life – prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance – and how they help to orient and transform us in our search for happiness.

In its tenth anniversary year, CEPHAS 2022 consists of philosophy and theology workshops over three days, giving participants the chance to reflect on core human questions about our desires and affections, and about how to make difficult decisions and respond justly to the challenges of the contemporary world.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate, as well as for Mass, communal prayer and reflection. There are also evening talks with good wine!


  • Arrivals from 3pm (Friday)
  • Course commences with dinner at 7pm (Friday) and introductions; lectures commence Saturday at 9:15am.
  • Departures after lunch (Monday)

Venue and how to book? 

CEPHAS 2022 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

Is this course for me?

The course requires no prior qualification or knowledge, but is intended to serve as an introduction or primer to themes in 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.


Feedback from CEPHAS 2021:

The residential retreat was a great opportunity to engage in study, to have time for prayer, to walk taking in God’s beautiful creation, and to socialise. The talks were challenging, thought provoking but offered stimulation and deep reflection which have given me a spiritual renewal. I was inspired, nourished and fed by this weekend. This is the first of many for me!

Thank you for such an amazing weekend. Happiness indeed!

Really enjoyed the the weekend, learnt a lot. Well organised and very comfortable!

It’s been an excellent few days, academically rigorous but also fostering communion with each other and with God.

At first the subject matter was intellectually challenging, but presentations were such that by the end everything was more accessible and comprehensible. Excellent teaching!

This course completely rekindled an interest in ideas and philosophy I wasn’t even really sure I ever had. The discussion groups are wonderful and give a chance to work through ideas and get insights from people of all different backgrounds. Really complex topics are made very accessible.

This was a great weekend. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Great people!

Really wonderful and so welcoming. Always challenging – it made me stretch my mind!

Thank you to everyone involved in the planning of this course; the amount of work that must have gone on behind the scenes really made it all run so well.


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

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