FORMED Now

FORMED Now

18 Seasons

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  • Saint Irenaeus

    Pope Francis recently announced a new Doctor of the Church: St. Irenaeus of Lyons. In this episode of FORMED Now, Dr. John Sehorn and Dr. Ben Akers discuss this second-century Church Father, explaining his importance to the history of Christianity and his title—the "Doctor of Unity."

  • Saint Justin Martyr

    Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Klein to discuss St. Justin Martyr—an early Church martyr who lived from about AD 100 to 165 and wrote several significant Christian apologetic works. St. Justin was a convert to the Catholic faith, philosopher, and is famous for his idea of the "seeds o...

  • What Dorothy Day Teaches Us Today

    Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Elizabeth Klein, professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, sit down to talk about Servant of God, Dorothy Day—who she was as a woman, her conversion, what she can teach us today, and her fascinating place in the tumultuous 20th century.

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  • What Is the Immaculate Conception?

    Join Drs Tim Gray and John Sehorn as they examine Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. This dogma of the Catholic faith, promulgated in 1854 by Pope Pius IX, speaks of Mary's conception and what it means to the Church.

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Courage (Part 4 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work The Introduction to the Devout Life, and the character of a christian revealed through his life's witness and writings. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredi...

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Sincerity (Part 3 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work The Introduction to the Devout Life, and the character of a christian revealed through his life's witness and writings. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredi...

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Prayer (Part 2 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work The Introduction to the Devout Life, and the character of a christian revealed through his life's witness and writings. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredi...

  • Saint Francis de Sales and the Character of a Christian: Devotion (Part 1 of 4)

    In this four-part series, Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Christopher O. Blum sit down to discuss St. Francis de Sales, his best known work "The Introduction to the Devout Life", and the character of a Christian. We hope you enjoy this new series on an incredible counter-reformation Saint and apply his wis...

  • Saint Athanasius

    Join Dr. Ben Akers and Dr. Elizabeth Klein as they discuss the early Church Father, St. Athanasius.

    A bishop and Doctor of the Church, St. Athanasius is remembered as the great defender of the Nicene Creed. He was exiled five times from his own diocese under four different emperors. A great tea...

  • Who Is Saint Marcella?

    Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Taylor Kemp sit down to discuss St. Marcella, the early Church martyr of Rome, who's feast day is celebrated on January 31st. St. Marcella was born in 325 AD and died in 410 AD, around the time of the sack of Rome. During this tumultuous time in Church history (between the...

  • Saint Thomas Becket

    We are excited to announce our series of FORMED Now! Christmas and New Year special episodes. In these episodes, professors from the Augustine Institute Graduate School will lead us in reflections throughout the season from December 22nd through January 11th.

    FORMED Now! will return to its re...

  • What Can St. John of the Cross Teach Us?

    Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Dr. Scott Hefelfinger to discuss Doctor of the Church, St. John of the Cross. This discussion touches on St. John of the Cross's life, his teaching on prayer, and his example of holiness.

  • Saint Anthony of Egypt

    In this episode, Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Taylor discuss St. Anthony of Egypt, or "Anthony the Great," a hermit who lived from around 251 to 356 A.D. Anthony is widely regarded as the most famous of the Desert Fathers, a class of Christians who fled to the wilderness in order to give themselves wh...

  • St. Joseph: Old and New (Part 1 of 4)

    In this Year of Saint Joseph, proclaimed by Pope Francis to be December 8, 2020, through December 8, 2021, Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down to reflect on the earthly father chosen by the Heavenly Father for his Son, Jesus Christ. This four-part series will begin by looking at Joseph from th...

  • St. Joseph: Guardian of the Redeemer (Part 2 of 4)

    In this Year of Saint Joseph, proclaimed by Pope Francis to be December 8, 2020, through December 8, 2021, Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down to reflect on the earthly father chosen by the Heavenly Father for his Son, Jesus Christ. This four-part series will begin by looking at Joseph from th...

  • St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church (Part 3 of 4)

    In this Year of Saint Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis, Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down to reflect on the earthly father chosen by the heavenly Father for his Son, Jesus Christ.

    View all episodes of the Saint Joseph series.

    In today's episode, Ben and Taylor talk about the value of Shor...

  • St. Joseph: Patron of the Domestic Church (Part 4 of 4)

    In this Year of Saint Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis, Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down to reflect on the earthly father chosen by the heavenly Father for his Son, Jesus Christ.

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  • Sacred Art: Saints Peter and Paul

    Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down with different pieces of Sacred Art to discuss their theological meanings and how they can speak to us today.

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    Help us share the truth and beauty of the Gospel and reach Catholics worldwide. Become an Augustine Institute Mis...

  • Sacred Art: Sts. Joachim and Anne

    Dr. Ben Akers and Taylor Kemp sit down with different pieces of Sacred Art to discuss their theological meanings and how they can speak to us today.

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    Help us share the truth and beauty of the Gospel and reach Catholics worldwide. Become an Augustine Institute Mis...

  • Confessions of Augustine: Who is St. Augustine? (Part 1 of 6)

    Dr. Elizabeth Klein and Dr. John Sehorn, professors at the Augustine Institute, walk through the culture shaping, famous work of The Confessions of Saint Augustine. This classic of western literature has shaped thought for over 1,500 years and is a spiritual masterpiece reflecting man's relations...

  • Martyrs and Monastics

    Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Klein, Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, to discuss her brand-new Short Course: Martyrs and Monastics. Who are the early Church martyrs? What fueled their witness to the faith? How did monasticism develop? These questions ...

  • The Conversion of Saint Paul

    Dr. Ben Akers sits down with Dr. James Prothro, Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, to discuss the conversioin of one of the largest figures in Christianity, Saint Paul.

    If you've enjoyed this conversation and are interested in learning more, ex...

  • God's Gift to the 21st Century Church: Saint John Paul II

  • Saint Lawrence and the Role of Almsgiving

    Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber discuss St. Lawrence and the true "Treasure of the Church."