Circle of St. Bede
CIRCLE OF ST. BEDE invites faculty, post docs, grad students, professionals and other interested early risers to join us on Tuesday mornings in the lower level of the Penn Newman Center. We seek to promote the integration of faith with our academic lives and to foster a sense of Catholic community in the campus setting. We meet for coffee and socializing following a 7:30 a.m. prayer service. Presentations begin promptly at 8:10 a.m. and finish at 8:50 a.m. Typically the group discusses a reading on the topic distributed a week before.
A note on parking. The parish of St. Agatha-St. James kindly permits limited use of the rectory parking lot for those attending morning mass and/or Circle of St. Bede. This is a privilege that must be used with respect. The slots available on a first-come basis face the Newman Center and are situated towards the upper end of the lot. On-street meter parking is available on 38th St. beside the church or on Sansom St. behind the center, which is located at 3720 Chestnut St. The south side of Chestnut directly in front of the Newman Center was formerly a tow zone but now is potentially available as meter parking from 8 a.m. onward. However, due to heavy construction across the street currently it may not be available there on any given day.
Sept. 12: “Silence Becomes Cecilia,” Led by Tom Connolly. Reading: “Christian Incubation at S. Cecilia in Trastevere”
Sept. 19: G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, Prefatory Note, Introduction, and Chapters 1 and 2; For an overview of GKC’s argument, see https://www.chesterton.org/lecture-44/
Sept. 26: G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, Chapter 2. Discussion led by Dr. Peter Dodson, professor of veterinary anatomy.
Oct. 3: Christian poetry day. Bring a copy of your favorite poem to share. Coordinated by Ron Day, retired law librarian.
Oct. 10: G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, Chapter 2. Discussion led by Joan Rolland, art historian.
Past Meetings: September 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
Tues, Sept. 13. ““The Coming Church.” Ch. 8, pp. 147 – 170 in Living Vatican II: The Council for the 21st Century (Paulist, 2006). By Gerald O’Collins S.J. Discussion led by Dr. Tom Connolly, emeritus professor music.
Tues. Sept. 20. Continuing discussion of “The Coming Church” led by Tom Connolly.
Tues. Sept. 27. “Receiving the Council’s Moral Teaching.” Chapter 5, pp. 82 – 108. in Living Vatican II: The 21st Council for the 21st Century (Paulist, 2006). By Gerald O’Collins S.J. Discussion led by Greg Collins, Ph.D. candidate in Grad Ed.
Tues. Oct. 4-Special Session: “Cathedra Sempiterna and Letter #6 from the Tamworth Reading Room” by John Henry Newman. Discussion led by Dr. Dan Cheely, lecturer in history and director of the Collegium Institute for Catholic thought and Culture.
Circle of St. Bede and Collegium Institute will co-host this special session on Newman’s philosophy of education on the occasion of the Inaugural John Henry Newman Lecture to be held on Oct. 13th at 7pm.
Tues. Oct. 11. “Faith and Fossils” Discussion led by Dr. Peter Dodson, School of Veterinary Medicine
Tues. Oct. 18. “Living the Christian Life: the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae at Penn” Discussion led by Adam Ureneck, religious superior.
Tues. Nov. 1. “Receiving a Council with Creative Fidelity,” Chapter 3 in Gerald O’Collins SJ, Living Vatican II (Paulist, 2006). Discussion led by Thomas Connolly
Tues. Nov. 8. “Share a Poem,” Moderated by Ron Day, with contributions from all participants.
Tues. Nov. 15. “Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Dramatic Theory,” Discussion led by Joan Rolland.
Tues. Nov. 22. “Didache: the Teachings of the Twelve Apostles,” Discussion led by Thomas Connolly.
Tues. Nov. 29. “Liturgical Process,” Chapter 3 in Gerald O’Collins SJ, Living Vatican II (Paulist, 2006).
Tues. Dec. 6. “Christology by Hans Urs von Balthasar,” Discussion led by Jim McConarty.
Tues, Jan. 10. “The Christian Response to Rationalism.” Homily for the 3 rd Sunday of Advent, Dec. 17, 2010, by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the Pontifical Household, for Benedict XVI. Discussion led by Adam Ureneck, SCV.
Tues. Jan. 17. “Evolution, Evil and Original Sin,” by Daryl Domning. From America, Nov. 12, 2001. Discussion jointly by Peter Dodson and Tom Connolly.
Tues. Jan. 24. “An invitation to Evangelical Catholicism and deep Catholic reform” and “Ends and Beginnings.” Prologue and Ch. 1, pp. 1 – 24. In: Evangelical Catholicism – Deep Reform in the 21 st Century Church. George Weigel. Basic Books. 2013. Discussion led by Dr. Peter Dodson, Veterinary Medicine.
Tues. Jan. 31. “Truths with consequences.” Ch. 2, pp. 25 – 52. In: Evangelical Catholicism – Deep Reform in the 21 st Century Church. George Weigel. Basic Books. 2013. Discussion led by Joan Rolland.
Tues. Feb. 7. “Relations with Others.” chapter 6, pp. 109-133. in Living Vatican II: The Council for the 21st Century (Paulist, 2006). By Gerald O’Collins S.J. Discussion led by Jim McConarty.
Tues. Feb. 14. “The usurpations of Reason” by John Henry Newman. Discussion led by Adam Ureneck, SCV. http://www.newmanreader.org/works/oxford/sermon4.html.
Tues. Feb. 21. “Evangelical Catholicism in profile.” Ch. 3, pp. 53 88. In: Evangelical Catholicism – Deep Reform in the 21 st Century Church. George Weigel. Basic Books. 2013. Discussion led by Adrienne Riley.
March and April 2017
Tues. Mar. 21: Gerald O’Collins, “Facilitators or Gatekeepers?”, chapter 2 of his Living Vatican II: The 21st Council for the 21stCentury (Paulist, 2006), 19-48.
Tues. Mar. 28: Abraham Joshuah Heschel, “The God of Israel and Christian Renewal,” in his Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity : Essays, ed. Susannah Heschel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996), 268-285.
Tues. Apr. 4: Susannah Heschel’s “Introduction” to her father’s Moral Grandeur…Essays, vii-xxx.
Special Meeting: Edith Stein
Tues. Apr. 25. “The Church, Women, and Youth.” by Edith Stein (St. Benedicta of the Cross). Discussion led by Nataleigh Waters-Lang of Drexel Newman.
A Selection of previous meetings of the Circle of St. Bede can be found HERE.
Past collaborations between Collegium Institute and Circle of St. Bede include the following sessions.