Previous Meetings of the Circle of St. Bede

January 2016

“Celebration of the Eucharist is the Heart of the Life of the Catholic Church.  The church is where the Eucharist is, and the Eucharist forms the church.”  ~Gerald O’Collins, S.J. Living Vatican II: The Council for the 21st Century

Jan 19“The Fight for Religious Freedom, John Coutney Murray’s Role in ‘Dignitatis Humanae'” America, Nov. 20, 2015.  Discussion led by Dr. Tom Finnegan, physicist.

Feb 2: “Contemporary Medical Miracles.” Discussion led by Dr. Michael Atchison, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Feb 9: “The Eucharist as the Telos of the Law in the Writings of Thomas Aquinas” by Robert Barron. Discussion led by Ron Day, retired law librarian.

Feb 16: “Ted Kennedy: Priest-Friend of the Australian Aborigines. Part 1″ Discussion led by Dr. Tom Connolly, professor emeritus of music.

Mar 1: “Between Religion and Science: Georges Lemaitre, Pope Pius XII and the Big Bang Theory.” by Alexander Van Biezen.  Discussion led by Dr. Tom Finnegan, physicist.

Mar 8: “An Ecologically Adequate Folklore: Responding to Pope Francis’s Invitation in Laudate Si” Presentation by Dr. Mary Hufford, Senior Research Scientist, Virginia Tech University.

Mar 15: “Holy Rosary: the luminous mysteries.” Led by Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

Mar 22: “Stations of the Cross by Julian of Norwich.” Led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

Mar 29: “The Dark Box: the Secret History of Confession” by John Cornwell, Basic Books, 2014. Discussion led by Joan Rolland, art historian.

Apr 5: “Psalm day. Bring a copy of your favorite psalm.” Coordinated by Ron Day, retired Law Librarian.

Apr 12: “The Jubilee Year of Mercy.” Presented by Meghan Cokely, Director of the Office for New Evangelization, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Apr 19: “AINULINDALÉ – The Music of the Ainur.” Pp. 3 – 13. From The Silmarillion by J.R. Tolkein. Presented by Dr. Phil Cary, Eastern University.

Apr 26: “The Holy Rosary. Led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor ofmusic.

May 3: “Natural Law” pp. pp. xiii – xviii in: Dissenting Opinions by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Vanguard, New York, 1929. Discussion led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

May 10: “Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence.” By Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Discussion led by Dr. Dan Cheely, Executive Director of the Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.


September 2015

“Appearances notwithstanding, every person is

immensely holy and deserves our love.”

          Pope Francis

          The Joy of the Gospel

Sept. 8 Marisa March: Put out into the Deep:  Finding Faith in the Depths of the Universe

Sept. 15 Tom Connolly: Essay on Faith and Science – Eugene Stockton

Sept. 22  Tom Finnegan: Laudato Si  Encyclical – Chapter 1

Sept. 29  Peter Dodson: Chapter from A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and the Great War


October 2014 

Tues. Oct. 7. “On the holy rosary.” Discussion led by Dr. Marisa Marsh, astrophysicist, Dept. of Physics.

Tues. Oct. 14. “On consulting the faithful in matters of doctrine” by John Henry Newman, 1859. Discussion led by Dr. Peter Dodson, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Oct. 21. Open

Oct. 28. Open


April 2014

April 1. “”Parker’s Back,” a short story by Flannery O’Connor.” Discussion will be led by a special guest, Dr. Phil Cary of Eastern University.

April 8. “Swedenborg and Osteopathy.” Special guest: Dr. David Fuller, D.O.

April 15: “Stations of the Cross with Meditations of Julian of Norwich.” Led by Tom Connolly, emeritus professor of music.

April 22. “Richard Wagner and his cultural impact.” Discussion led by Brooke McCorkle, Ph.D. candidate in music.

April 29. “Evangelii Gaudium – the Joy of the Gospel.” Exhortation of Pope Francis. Chapter 5, Spirit-Filled Evangelizers.”  Discussion led by Tom Finnegan, physicist.