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Catholic Writers Retreat

Father Peter Stravinskas of the Priestly Society of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman invites Catholic writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and journalists to a weekend retreat at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, June 7-9, 2019.

Participants will be able to probe the meaning of the vocation of the Catholic writer, guided by the wisdom of the Catholic Tradition, especially through the inspiration of Cardinal Newman, St. John Paul II, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, and other notables of the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Attention will be given to providing useful information on proper theological and ecclesiastical terminology, as well as Church history and structures, thus enabling the writer to portray Catholic life with accuracy. There will be ample opportunities to engage with experienced authors and to meet fellow-travelers.

This event is co-sponsored by the Catholic Studies Program, and the English, History and Communications Departments of Seton Hall University; Holy Apostles College and Seminary; Catholic World Report; Ignatius Press; The Catholic Thing; and First Things. Retreat leaders include: Dr. Robert Royal, Fr. Nicholas Gregoris, Dr. Mark Bauerlein, Carl Olson, Fran Maier.

The cost for the retreat weekend is $250.

Participation is limited to 40; applications should be submitted by March 1, 2019. For further information or to register, contact Father Stravinskas at: [email protected].

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

June 7-9, 2019

Applications Deadline: March 1, 2019

For further information or to register, contact
Father Stravinskas at:

[email protected]

From Rome to Romanticism

Regular visitors to Faith & Culture will know that I’ve been hosting a weekly podcast for several months. I’ve been in discussion with many great guests, week after week, but for the next six weeks we’ll be running a series of six monologues in which I chart the history of the Catholic Literary Revival from 1798 until 1973. In the first talk of the series I discuss how Romanticism and neo-medievalism laid the aesthetic foundations of the Catholic Revival: