Book Discussion Group

Since 2005, a group of men and women have met monthly from September to May, on a Thursday evening at the St. John Parish Center, to talk about a book on some aspect of our Catholic faith.  New members are always welcome!

The books have been of modest length, fiction and non-fiction, and on a broad range of topics. Participants choose the books and one person serves as moderator.  Often before the meeting, a few questions or points for consideration are distributed to guide the discussion. There are no dues or other requirements of membership. Our goal is simply one of enlightenment – to help each other better understand the concepts, ideas, people, events, institutions and relationships that make up the Catholic experience.

We come together as humble men and women who share an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, along with the realization that God has blessed us with inquiring minds and the freedom to travel along a variety of paths in our quest for a better understanding of our responsibilities as important parts of his creation. Please join us on a journey of faith, learning and Christian fellowship.

2016-2017 BOOK LIST

Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did and Why He Matters
N.T. Wright
(former bishop, Church of England, scholar)

Why the Catholic Church Must Change: A Necessary Conversation
Margaret Nutting Ralph
(member of faculty of St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and Lexington Theological Seminary)

From Crisis to Calling: Finding Your Moral Center in the Toughest Decisions
Sasha Chanoff
(Executive Director of RefugePoint, an organization searching for lasting solutions for refugees)

A Map of Life: A Simple Study of the Catholic Faith
Frank Sheed
(prolific author and publisher of Catholic literature in 20th century)

Edmund Campion: A Life
Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh
(known by his pen name Evelyn Waugh)

Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
(Global Distinguished Professor of Judaic Thought at New York University)The 

Jewish Annotated New Testament 1st Edition
Amy-Jill Levine
(University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Vanderbilt Divinity School)

Remember to Live! Embracing the Second Half of Life
Thomas Ryan, CSP
(Director, Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations)

For a list of selected books read from 2005 – 2016, click here.

For More Information

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact one of the members of the coordinating committee:

Peter Mongeau, Chair
John Stewart
Anita Martin
Frank McConville