Epiphany Association and the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality are international organizations whose prototype began in the 1940's with the pioneering work of Fr. Adrian van Kaam.
We specialize in offering a universally relevant science, anthropology and theology of formation, entitled "Formative Spirituality", disseminated through our teaching, programming, and publications including books, articles, audio, and video resources.
Research, teaching and publication of these findings are incorporated under the auspices of the Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality. Through pre-and post-graduate level courses, seminars and retreats, we continue to offer unique opportunities to promote and foster the understanding of Formative Spirituality as pioneered by Fr. Adrian van Kaam. Our facilities are located in Pittsburgh, PA as well as the Epiphany joint-venture Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Indianapolis, IN.
Committed to sustaining and promoting research, programming and outreach in the field of Formative
as pioneered by Fr. Adrian van Kaam.
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 unique-communal 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.
Epiphany Academy Faculty - Pittsburgh, PA
Steve is a doctoral student in Medieval Spiritual Literature at Duquesne University. He and his wife Nina live in Pittsburgh's South Hills, and enjoy music, old movies, and long drives in the country. Steve is a graduate of the Epiphany Certification Program, and serves as the facilitator for Epiphany's "Fiction and Formation" series. Steve also facilitates a number of the Garden of Faith sessions, including courses on Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton, and Gregory of Nyssa. He is also an instructor for the Pittsburgh ECP.
Lori Mitchell McMahon
Lori has been a member of the teaching faculty at Epiphany Academy in Pittsburgh since 2007. She serves as Program Coordinator for the Academy, and is also certified as a Pastoral Associate in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. A devoted wife and mother of five, Lori has also worked as an engineer, researcher, and physical therapist. She holds two Bachelor's degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master's degree from Vanderbilt University. In addition to teaching the Pittsburgh ECP courses, Lori also facilitates many of the programs at Epiphany, including the "Garden of Faith" sessions on various Spiritual Masters such as John Cassian, Hildegard of Bingen, and Ignatius of Loyola.
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!
Rev. Ruth Correll, EdD
Ruth Correll received her doctor of education in Religious Education from New York University in 1987, and also holds two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree in the field of education. Currently, she serves as Assistant to the Rector at the historic Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia, where she preaches, leads services, and does extensive work in pastoral care, spiritual direction, and teaching. In her free time, she is coauthoring a book on formative spirituality with two colleagues from Epiphany Academy.
Rebecca Letterman, PhD
Becky resides in Rochester, NY with her family and serves the Northeastern Seminary community as a faculty member there. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Roberts Wesleyan College as well as Master's (Syracuse University) and a Doctorate (Cornell University) in Linguistics.
Epiphany Adjunct Faculty
Ronald L. Mead
is SVP / Chief Mission Officer for St. Vincent Health, a sixteen-hospital Catholic health system based in Indianapolis. Ron is a faculty member of St. Vincent Seton Cove Spirituality Center where he serves as a skilled retreat facilitator as well as instructor in many St. Vincent mission and spiritual formation programs.
Rita McCloskey Payne, BA, MBA is the program administrator and senior faculty member for St. Vincent Seton Cove, which is the spirituality center for associates, medical staff, volunteers and members of Ascension Health. She coordinates, promotes and facilitates the retreats and programs offered at Seton Cove. Rita also serves as a faculty member for the Epiphany Certification Program.
In addition to her bachelors and masters degrees in business, Ms. McCloskey Payne has obtained certification in Spiritual Formation from the Epiphany Association in Pittsburgh, PA, is a certified Workshop Leader in Enneagram theory, and received certification in Appreciative Inquiry from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Rita McCloskey Payne, BA, MBA
Janette Helm, BS, MBA
Janette discovered her love for teaching while serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Ball State University. She is the Director of Mission Integration for St. Vincent Health System in Indianapolis, where she completed the Epiphany Certification program in 2004. Janette is also a Registered Nurse, published author, and adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University - Purdue University campus in Indianapolis. She and her husband are members of the Avon United Methodist Church in Avon, Indiana.
A native of Ohio, Rosemary grew up in a German farming community and has been married to her husband Bruce for fifty years. They have three sons and eight grandchildren. Rosemary has ministered as a critical care nurse at St. Vincent Health System, holding many positions in patient care, human resource management and development, and education and training. Rosemary, along with Sr. Sharon Richardt, contributed to the vision and planning of St. Vincent Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Indianapolis and was director of Seton Cove for seven years. She completed the Epiphany Certification Program in 1998 and has continued to help facilitate that program at Seton Cove as well as Ireland.
BELOW: WATCH TWO VIDEOS HIGHLIGHTING THE HISTORY OF EPIPHANY
Fr. Adrian van Kaam's Pioneering Work in Formative Spirituality
Collaboration of Grace: Dr. Susan Muto and van Kaam's van Kaam's Formative Spirituality