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St Juliana Book Club

We are restarting the Saint Juliana Book Club. The goal is to read a book every month or so.


November 21, 2020 Discussion

Morte D'Urban by J.F. Powers

The hero of J.F. Powers's comic masterpiece is Father Urban, a man of the cloth who is also a man of the world. Charming, with an expansive vision of the spiritual life and a high tolerance for moral ambiguity, Urban enjoys a national reputation as a speaker on the religious circuit and has big plans for the future. But then the provincial head of his dowdy religious order banishes him to a retreat house in the Minnesota hinterlands. Father Urban soon bounces back, carrying God's word with undaunted enthusiasm through the golf courses, fishing lodges, and backyard barbecues of his new turf.  
 
Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, November 21st at 9:15am in the back of the Church, located at 7201 N. Oketo Avenue, Chicago.  If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

October 24, 2020 Discussion

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A masterpiece of modern fiction, James Joyce’s semiautobiographical first novel follows Stephen Dedalus, a sensitive and creative youth who rebels against his family, his education, and his country by committing himself to the artist’s life. "I will not serve, vows Dedalus, that in which I no longer believe…and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can. Likening himself to God, Dedalus notes that the artist remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, October 24th at 9:15am in the back of the Church, located at 7201 N. Oketo Avenue, Chicago.  If you are interested in being part of the discussion but would prefer to meet virtually, please email me and I will send you a Zoom invite. If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

September 26, 2020 Discussion

A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman

Written in 2012 by Swedish author Frederick Backman, A Man Called Ove was the #1 New York Times Bestseller, remaining on the list for 42 weeks.  Ove, a severe curmudgeon, finds his world and personality changed by the arrival of new neighbors.  This delightful, charming story will not only uplift the reader, but will provide, according to a review, “a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shared with other people.”

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, September 26th at 9:15am in the back of Church, located at 7201 N. Oketp Avenue, Chicago.  If you are interested in being part of the discussion but would prefer to meet virtually, please email me and I will send you a Zoom invite. If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

September 26, 2020 Discussion

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

Called by John Updike, “Graham Greene’s masterpiece,” The Power and the Glory, tells the story of an early 20th Century rural Mexico where Catholicism has been outlawed.  The last priest, known as ‘the whiskey priest,’ seeks to bring the faith to a suppressed people while eluding authorities who seek to capture and kill him.  Written in 1941, the novel received the Hawthornden Prize in British literature and was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century. 

Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, September 26th at 9:15am in the back of the Church, located at 7201 N. Oketo Avenue, Chicago.  If you are interested in being part of the discussion but would prefer to meet virtually, please email me and I will send you a Zoom invite. If you cannot make the meeting, you are still encouraged to read the book!

February 2020 Selection

Our inaugural book will be The Devil’s Advocate by Morris West.  A novel written in 1959, the story follows a dying English priest sent by the Vatican to investigate an individual being proposed for sainthood.  The book sold over three million copies, received several awards, and was staged on Broadway.  The New York Times called it “a reading experience of real emotional intensity.”Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.  For those interested and able, we will meet to discuss the book on Saturday, February 1st at 9:30am in the parish center.


 

 

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