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SUMMER BOOK CLUB:

SIGRID UNDSET’S OLAV AUDUNSSON

Co-sponsored by St. Paul’s Parish

Four Wednesdays, begins June 26, 5:30-6:45 PM

St. Paul’s Campus

Led by Deacon Tim O’Donnell and Reed Morgan, HCF Graduate Student Fellow

Sigrid Undset gives us a gripping four-volume tale of guilt and redemption, love and suffering, violence and divine Providence, centering on the life, times, and family of Olav Audunsson in medieval Norway. The group will discuss one volume at each session, using Tiina Nunnally’s translation. Registration required.

OPEN TO ALL - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

CHRISTIAN LATIN READING GROUP

1st and 3rd Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time) 

Resuming Fall 2024

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Taught by Classical languages instructor Michael O’Brien and patristics scholar Christopher McLaughlin.

Participants should have completed and have some recollection of one year or more of Latin. Reading and translation of inspiring examples of Christian Latin prose and poetry.

OPEN TO ALL - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

NEW TESTAMENT GREEK READING GROUP

1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Eastern Time) 

Resuming Fall 2024

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Taught by Classical languages instructor Michael O’Brien and Deacon Tim O'Donnell.

Participants should have completed and have some recollection of a year or more of Classical or Koine Greek. This year: the second half of the Acts of the Apostles, a marvelous combination of narrative sweep and gospel proclamation.

OPEN TO HARVARD UNDERGRAD/GRAD - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

RATZINGER MEMORIAL SOCIETY: 

SATURDAY DISCUSSION GROUP

Co-presented by the Harvard Catholic Forum

Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Begins January 27, Spring Term

St. Paul's/Harvard Catholic Center, Harvard Square

The Ratzinger Memorial Society is rooted in the conviction that theology should form the center of a liberal arts education. The Society runs a discussion group every Saturday at 11:00AM during the academic term, co-presented with the Harvard Catholic Forum. It hosts talks, reading groups, and fellowship that support an intellectually rigorous exploration of the Catholic tradition. Refreshments provided. 

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CATHOLIC IDENTITY IN UNSTABLE TIMES

Co-sponsored by the Abigail Adams Institute

Friday, April 12

Harvard University

Fr. Jeffrey Langan, Ph.D., Principium Institute

How can St. Augustine’s City of God serve as a framework for how we ought to navigate our own unstable times? Readings include excerpts from City of God and some later selections.

This masterclass is made possible through the support of grant #62372 from the John Templeton Foundation, “In Lumine: Promoting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide.” The opinions expressed in this event are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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DISCERNING WITH THE SAINTS

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15PM

Begins March 6, Spring Term, 5 sessions

Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul’s, Cambridge, MA

Thomas Santa Maria, PhD, Yang Visiting Scholar in World Christianity, Harvard Divinity School

How do Christians make well-informed decisions about living their lives? Through the writings of two saints, St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Ignatius of Loyola, this course explores this question of discernment. Dinner will be served.

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DANTE ALIGHIERI’S DIVINE COMEDY: INFERNO

Second and Fourth Fridays, 12:00-1:15 PM

Begins February 9, Spring Term

St. Paul's/Harvard Catholic Center, Harvard Square

Brian FitzGerald, D. Phil., Lecturer on Medieval Studies and the Study of Religion, Harvard University

This course will read in translation and discuss the first part, Inferno, of Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece, Divine Comedy. The instructor will pay particular attention to Dante’s conception of the relationship between theology, literature, and the spiritual life.

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INSIGHTS OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING INTO ECONOMIC LIFE

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Catholic Center Undergraduate Chaplaincy

Mondays, 8:00-9:15PM, 

Begins January 29, Spring Term

 Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul’s, Cambridge, MA

This reading group explores Catholic Social Teaching to build an understanding of economic life in service of authentic human flourishing. Readings include key papal encyclicals and recent analyses from the emerging field of Thomistic economics. Reading materials will be provided to registered participants or are available online. Light refreshments will be served.

This group is made possible through the support of grant #62372 from the John Templeton Foundation, “In Lumine: Promoting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide.” The opinions expressed in this group are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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THE OUTRAGEOUS IDEA OF CHRISTIAN SCHOLARSHIP

Tuesdays, 6:00PM

Begins February 13, Spring Term, 7 sessions

Harvard Catholic Center/St. Paul’s, Cambridge, MA

How can we pursue ‘Christian Scholarship’ within increasingly secular institutions? Drawing insights from George M. Marsden's The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship, this reading group will explore how Catholic thought frames and gives direction to scholarship and science. Dinner provided.

This group is made possible through the support of grant #62372 from the John Templeton Foundation, “In Lumine: Promoting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide.” The opinions expressed in this group are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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PHILOSOPHICAL THEOLOGY OF THE TRINITY AND THE INCARNATION

Second and Fourth Saturdays, 3:45-4:45PM 

Begins January 27, Spring Term,  4 sessions

St. Paul's/Harvard Catholic Center, Harvard Square

Sarah Byers, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy,
Boston College

What does it mean to say that the Son of God is "consubstantial" and that Christ is a "hypostatic union"?  This course examines how concepts from ancient Greek philosophy were used in the formation of early Christian dogmatic theology.

This course has a reading pre-requisite, see “learn more” for details.

Participants are also invited to stay for the 5:00 PM Mass at St. Paul’s and an optional dinner out in Harvard Square.

This group is made possible through the support of grant #62372 from the John Templeton Foundation, “In Lumine: Promoting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide.” The opinions expressed in this group are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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