Epiphany Association was co-founded in 1979 by Reverend Adrian van Kaam, CSSp, PhD (1920-2007) and Susan Muto, PhD. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing the formational and educational resources needed for the in-depth, ongoing spiritual renewal of life and world in the light of the Judeo-Christian faith and formation tradition.
The word "epiphany," from the Greek epiphania, means a radiant appearance or significant manifestation. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, it connotes any revelation or enlightening presence of God, disclosed to us through people, events, and things.
Epiphany Association, through its excellent publications, its teaching, consultation, and educational programs, its prodigious research efforts, specializes in formation anthropology and formation science, together with the systematic, comprehensive formation theology they serve. These interrelated, unique, and original fields were initiated and developed by Adrian van Kaam beginning in the Netherlands in the 1940's. The heart of the overall art and discipline of formative spirituality is the distinctively human or spiritual formation of our Christian character and personality rooted in those pathways of wise and balanced, moral and spiritual living to be found in Holy Scripture, in Church doctrine and in the literature of spirituality, particularly in the writings of the classical masters.
Formation theology teaches the application of that wisdom in our everyday life. It takes into account the "informational theology" of the Church and translates it into an experiential, formative process, focusing on how we live in the light of what we know and believe about God. It is the sincere aim, the lifelong work of the Epiphany Association, its co-founders, staff and associates, to dedicate themselves to be critical and creative, humble and obedient, in their systematic integration of the formative wisdom traditions of Christianity and humanity.
Purpose of the Association:
- To serve as a resource center for the worldwide promotion of formation science, anthropology and theology in an ecumenically sensitive atmosphere.
- To bring courses, seminars and days of recollection to audiences committed to ongoing formation and education.
- To sponsor outreach programs to persons in the field of formative leadership.
- To disseminate through research, consultation, publication, home study and video and audio productions, the insights and findings of formative spirituality.
- To support continuing education efforts in spiritual formation and to offer in informational and formational settings in Pittsburgh and elsewhere programs and retreats in these contemporary fields.
The Epiphany Academy, with its extensive in-house library, operates under the auspices of the Epiphany Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and included in the group ruling issued to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. At this time the Epiphany Association gratefully acknowledges its affiliate status with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.