St. Bernard's Communio Open Reading Group is an effort to come into greater contact with the riches of the Communio journal during its fiftieth year of publication. It will also provide intellectual preparation, exercised through reading and discussion as a community, for the Catholicity as Gift and Task conference at St. Bernard’s from September 30th to October 2nd, 2022. Anyone interested may join; it would be particularly helpful for those already engaged in Communio Study Circles and those that plan on attending the conference.

The Open Reading Group will meet via Zoom once a month on Friday, from January to September, 2022. The Faculty of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry will lead the sessions, with a brief introduction to the theme and the readings before opening it up for discussion.

When: Fridays, 10am - 12pm EST

Where: Online via Zoom

Who: Led by St. Bernard's Faculty


Sessions & Readings


July 22nd

Reductive Paradigms: Left/Right, Conservative/Progressive
Mark Lowery, “The Schindler/Weigel Debate: An Appraisal”
David L. Schindler, “Once Again: George Weigel, Catholicism, and American Culture”
Matthew Lamb, “Modernism and Americanism Revisited Dialectically: A Challenge for Evangelization”
David L. Schindler, “Being Catholic in America”
Jean-Pierre Batut, “Totalitarian Tendencies and the Perversion of Language”


August 19th

Renewing the Tradition: Who & Why
Georges Bernanos, “Sermon of an Agnostic on the Feast of St. Therese”
Maurice Blondel, “The Third ‘Testis’ Article”
Adrienne von Speyr, “Holiness in the Everyday”
Charles Peguy, “On the Mystery of Hope”
Paul Claudel, “Religion and the Artist: Introduction to a Poem on Dante”


September 16th

Charting New Paths Forward
Tracey Rowland, “Natural Law: From Neo-Thomism to Nuptial Mysticism”
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “Christian Universalism: On Two Collections of Papers by Hans Urs von Balthasar”
Hans Urs von Balthasar, “On the Concept of Person”
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, “On the Notion of Person in Theology”
D.C. Schindler, “Perfect Difference: Gender and the Analogy of Being”
William Portier, “Thomist Resurgence”


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