“We must teach this great art: how to be a human being.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, 26
February 2009

EDUCATION: Formed in His Communion

Faith and Fiction Book Group

The Faith and Fiction Book Group meets six times during the academic year to discuss books written by noted Catholic authors or that broadly deal with spiritual or religious themes. Meetings are Sundays at 1:30 pm in the Parish Meeting Room. The informal discussions last for about 75 minutes. All are welcome. The only prerequisite is the ability to enjoy some good books.

The selections for the 2016-2017 academic year are:

September 18, 2016
The Cross (1922) (Tiina Nunnally translation), the third book of the Kristen Lavransdatter trilogy by Sigrid Undset, winner of the 1928 Nobel Prize for Literature.

October 30, 2016
Charming Billy (1998), winner of the 1998 National Book Prize Award, by Alice McDermott.

December 4, 2016
The Moviegoer (1961), winner of the 1962 National Book Prize Award, by Walker Percy.

January 22, 2017
The Little Red Chairs (2016) by Edna O’Brien.

March 5, 2017
Woman of the Pharisees (1941) (Gerard Manley Hopkins translation) by Francois Mauriac, winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize for Literature.

May 7, 2017
City of Secrets (2016) by Stewart O’Nan.

Cumulative List

Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart
Akhtar, Ayad, American Dervish
Akpan, Uwem, Say You’re One of Them
Alfieri, Anna, City of Silver
Allende, Isabel, The House of the Sprits
Anaya, Rudolfo, Bless Me Ultima
Barker, Pat, Regeneration
Bernanos, George, Dairy of a Country Priest
Brooks, Geraldine, Caleb’s Crossing
Brooks, Geraldine, The People of the Book
Brooks, Geraldine, The Secret Chord
Brooks, Geraldine, The Year of Wonders
Brown, Dan, The DaVinci Code
Camus, Albert, The Plague
Cather, Willa, Death Comes for the Archbishop
Cromwell, John, Seminary Boy
Delaney, Frank, Shannon: A Novel
Diamant, Anita, The Red Tent
Didion, Joan, The Year of Magical Thinking (non-fiction)
Dunant, Sarah, Sacred Hearts
Elie, Paul, The Life You Save May Be Your Own (non-fiction)
Englander, Nathan, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (2013 Pulitzer Finalist)
Fadiman, Anne, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child (non-fiction)
Faulkner, William, The Sound and the Fury
Godwin, Gail, Unfinished Desires
Godden, Rumer, Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy
Greene, Graham, The End of the Affair
Greene, Graham, The Power and the Glory
Haigh, Jennifer, Faith
Hamill, Pete, Forever
Hamill, Pete, Snow in August
Hansen, Ron, Mariette in Ecstasy
Haruf, Kent, Benediction
Haruf, Kent, Eventide
Haruf, Kent, Our Souls at Night
Haruf, Kent, Plainsong
Hassler, Jon, Dear James
Hassler, Jon, North of Hope
Hijuelos, Oscar, Mr. Ives’ Christmas (1996 Pulitzer Finalist)
Hobbs, Peter, The Short Day Dying
Hosseini, Khaled, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Hosseini, Khaled, The Kite Runner
Hulse, S.M., Black River
Hurston, Zora, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ilibagiza, Immaculee, Left to Tell (non-fiction)
Kazantzakis, Nikos, Last Temptation of Christ
Kay, Francesca, The Translation of the Bones
Keneally, Thomas, Office of Innocence
Kidd, Sue Monk, The Mermaid Chair
Kidd, Sue Monk, The Secret Life of Bees
LaValle, Victor, Big Machine
Lehane, Dennis, Mystic River
Levi, Primo, Survival in Auschwitz (non-fiction)
L’Heureux, John, The Miracle
Mauriac, Francois, Woman of the Pharisees (Gerard Manley Hopkins translation) March 5, 2017
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia, Collected Stories
McBride, James, The Color of Water:  A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother (non-fiction)
McCann, Colum, Let the Great World Spin: A Novel (2009 National Book Prize Award)
McDermott, Alice, After This (2007 Pulitzer Finalist)
McDermott, Alice, At Weddings and Wakes (1993 Pulitzer Finalist)
McDermott, Alice, Charming Billy (1998 National Book Prize Award) October 30, 2016
McDermott, Alice, Someone
McEwan, Ian, Atonement (2001 Booker Shortlist)
McGahern, John, Amongst Women (1990 Booker Shortlist)
Meyer, Phillip, American Rust
Oates, Joyce Carol, We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Brien, Edna, Down by the River
O’Brien, Edna, In the Forest:  A Novel
O’Brien, Edna, The Little Red Chairs January 22, 2017
O'Connor, Flannery, Only the Violent Bear It Away
O’Hagan, Andrew, Be Near Me
O’Nan, Stewart, City of Secrets May 7, 2017
Patchett, Ann, Run
Patchett, Ann, The Patron Saint of Liars
Percy, Walker, The Moviegoer (1962 National Book Prize Award) December 4, 2016
Power, Crawford, The Encounter
Powers, J.F., Morte d'Urban (1963 National Book Prize Award)
Powers, J.F., Wheat That Springeth Green
Robinson, Marilynne, Gilead: A Novel (2005 Pulitzer Prize)
Robinson, Marilynne, Home
Robinson, Marilynne, Lila
Schultz, Nancy Lusignan, Mrs. Mattingly’s Miracle (non-fiction)
Shepard, Jim, The Book of Aron
Sobel, Dana, Galileo’s Daughter (non-fiction)
Sweeney, Jon M., The Pope Who Quit (non-fiction)
Taylor, Barbara Brown, Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith (non-fiction)
Undset, Sigrit, Kristin Lavransdatter, Trilogy (Tiina Nunnally translation)
-The Wreath
-The Mistress of Husaby
-The Cross
(September 18, 2016)
Walker, Alice, The Color Purple (1983 Pulitzer Prize)
Waugh Evelyn, Men at Arms
West, Morris, Eminence
West, Morris, The Devil’s Advocate
Wiesel, Elie, Night (non-fiction)
White, Michael, The Garden of Martyrs
Young, William Paul, The Shack


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-St. Hippolytus (180-236)

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