Faculty Reading Groups

Faculty reading groups are one of CCIH’s Catholic Classic Projects.  The purpose of this project is to give Loyolans an opportunity to read and discuss important texts reflective of the Catholic literary heritage.  From antiquity to the 21st century, human beings have put into writing their adventures of exploring meaning in a world embraced by God.  These innumerable texts are not just a Catholic heritage, but a human heritage—one that CCIH invites all Loyola faculty to discover and enjoy.

Current Faculty Reading Groups

Spring 2017
Shūsaku Endō, Silence

Past Faculty Reading Groups

Fall 2016
Phil Klay, Redeployment

Spring 2016
Mary Karr, Lit

Fall 2015
Stuart Dybek, The Coast of Chicago

Spring 2015
Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins

Fall 2014
Luis Alberto Urrea, The Hummingbird's Daughter

Spring 2014
John L'Heureux, The Shrine of Altamira

Fall 2013
Tony Ardizzone, In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu

Spring 2013
Edwin O'Connor, The Edge of Sadness

Fall 2012
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Babette's Feast, Sorrow-Acre, and The Deluge at Norderney

Spring 2012
Graham Greene, The Power and The Glory & Monsignor Quixote 

Fall 2011
Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories
Brad Gooch, Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor 

Spring 2011
Catholic Poets from XIX to XXI Century
Francis Thompson, Oscar Wilde, Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Gbriela Mistral, Antonnio Machado, Jessica Powers, John O'Donohue, Denise Levertov, and Mary Karr 

Fall 2010
William T. Cavanaugh, The Myth of Religious Violence 

Summer 2010
Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest

Spring 2010
Thomas Berry, The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future

Fall 2009
Mary Gordon, Pearl

Summer 2009
Muriel Spark, Momento Mori

Spring 2009
Eugene O’Neill, Desire Under the Elms, Mourning Becomes Electra, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Fall 2008
David Lodge, Souls and Bodies

Summer 2008
Shusako Endo, Silence 

Spring 2008
G.K. Chesterton, The Blue Cross
J.F. Powers, Death of a Favorite
Muriel Spark, The Black Madonna
Gerard Manley Hopkins, God’s Grandeur, Pied Beauty, Spring and Fall, Carrion Comfort

Fall 2007
Shusaku Endo, Mothers
Denise Levertov, Mass for The Day of St. Thomas Didymus
Mary Gordon, The Deacon
Mary Karr, poem series "Descending Theology"

Summer 2007
François Mauriac, Vipers' Tangle

Spring 2007
Andre Dubus, A Father's Story
Flannery O'Connor, The Lame Shall Enter First
Annie Dillard, An Expedition to the Pole
Walker Percy, excerpts from Lost in the Cosmos