The Catholic Readers Society, begun in 2004, normally meets on the First Sunday of each month to discuss a work of Catholic fiction or a related work. Anyone is welcome to join us. Discussions are generally led by one or more of the monks. If you wish to join in the discussion, we do ask that you read at least a portion of the book to be discussed, but anyone can come and participate as a listener, or even ask questions of the group.
Our next meeting will be on September 2, after Mass [i.e. at about 11:30 a.m.]. We meet in the classroom next to Oblate Hall. We will be discussing Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen.
The meeting after next will be on November 4, after Mass [i.e. at about 11:30 a.m.]. We meet in the classroom next to Oblate Hall. We will be discussing The Cypresses Believe in God by José María Gironella.
OUR CURRENT MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of the Catholic Readers Society is to contribute to the growth in holiness of its participants by reading and discussing noteworthy and varied works of literature that provide experiences of artistic beauty, evoke the Catholic moral imagination, enrich one’s knowledge of the Catholic faith, and otherwise deepen our understanding of God among His people. As a mixed group of monks and laypersons joined by a common respect for the Catholic faith and its cultural deposit, the group’s lively monthly discussion marks a point of intersection between faith and culture, a function that Benedictine monasteries have served for generations.
For a list of works that we have read previously, click here.