Hilaire Belloc ‘The New Paganism’, from his Essays of a Catholic (1937) republished in Tan Books 1992

Brian Moore, Catholics (1972) republished in Penguin Books 1977

G. K. Chesterton The Everlasting Man Part II (chapters 1-6) ‘On the Man Called Christ’ (1925) (printed from online texts)
J.R.R.Tolkien’s poem ‘Mythopoeia’ (1931) (printed from online texts)

Francis Thompson, ‘The Hound of Heaven’ (1889) from the 1913 edition The Poems of Francis Thompson, Oxford University Press ed Wilfrid Meynell


January - the film of Brian Moore's "Catholics

February - Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited. The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder (1945) republished in Penguin Books 1962

March - John Henry (Cardinal) Newman Loss and Gain. The Story of a Convert (1845) republished in Oxford University Press series The World’s Classics, 1986

April - Graham Greene The Power and the Glory (1940) republished in Penguin Books 1962, together with a viewing of the 1947 film The Fugitive, based on the novel

May - George Bernanos Journal d'un cure de campagne (1936) translated as Diary of a Country Priest (1937 trs. Pamela Morris)

June - Thomas Keneally Three Cheers for the Paraclete (1968) republished in Penguin Books 1969

July - (Margaret) Rumer Godden In This House of Brede (1969) republished in Pan Books 1970

August - Flannery O’Connor selections from The Complete Stories, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 1971.

September - Gerard Manley Hopkins selected poems from the 1918 Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Oxford University Press) edited by Robert Bridges

October - Pope Benedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth 2007

November - Anne Rice Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt 2005

December - Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol in Prose Being a Ghost Story of Christmas" (1843) republished in Penguin Books 1994


January - Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Blessed Pope John XXIII) Journal of a Soul (1964) English translation Geoffrey Chapman Ltd 1965, New Edition with additional material, Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII, Doubleday 1999

February - Gerard Manley Hopkins ‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’ (1875/6) first published 1918 in Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Oxford University Press) edited by Robert Bridges

March - Romano Guardini The Lord, 1954. Republished in Elinor Brief’s translation in 1956, Longmans Green & Co, and in 1996 with an introduction by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Gateway Editions, Regnery Publishing

April - Robert Bolt A Man For All Seasons. A Play of Sir Thomas More, 1960

May - Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 11th Prince of Lampedusa Il Gattopardo (published posthumously in 1958, translated as The Leopard (1960)

June - Walter M Miller Jr A Canticle for Leibowitz, 1959 republished in Bantam Books 2007

July - Michael D O Brien Father Elijah. The Story of an Apocalypse, Ignatius Press 1998

August - Sigrid Undset Kristin Lavransdatter (a trilogy 1920-1922) Volume 1: The Wreath trs Tina Nunnally, Penguin Classics, 1997

September - James Augustine Aloysius Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1916 republished by Granada 1964
Piers Paul Read Hell and Other Destinations Ignatius Press, 2006

October - Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin (St Thérèse of Lisieux) ‘The Story of a Soul’: Autobiography of a Saint 1898, Trs Ronald Knox, The Harvill Press, 1958
Selections of St.Therese’s poems (printed from online texts)

November - 

December - 


January - Geoffrey Chaucer The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, The Nun’s Priest’s Tale & The Parson’s Tale (printed from online texts)

February - Rose Macauley, The Towers of Trebizond, 1956

March - Jacques Maritain, The Peasant of Garonne. An Old Layman Questions Himself About the Present Time, Geoffrey Chapman, 1968

April - no meeting due to the Royal Wedding!

May - J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, vol 3, 1965 

June - George Weigel, Letters to a Young Catholic, Gracewing, 2004

July - John Dryden, "The Hind and the Panther", 1687 (available online)

August - Sigrid Undset Kristin Lavransdatter (a trilogy 1920-1922) Volume 2: The Wife trans. Tina Nunnally, Penguin Classics, 1997

September - Graham Greene, Monsignor Quixote, 1982 republished in Penguin Books 1983

October - Robert Hugh Benson, Lord of the World, 1908 (available online)

November - a selection of short stories by Muriel Spark

December - William Langland, Piers the Ploughman, late fourteenth century, republished in modern prose translation in Penguin Books, 1959 by Frank Goodridge


January - Charlotte Wood, The Submerged Cathedral  (2004) Vintage Australia

February - F.Scott Fitzgerald, early short stories and The Great Gatsby (1925) 

March -  Malachi Martin, Vatican. A Novel, 1986

April - J.F.Powers, The Presence of Grace, 1956 

May - 2 books by David Lodge, How Far Can You Go (1980) and The British Museum is Falling Down (1980) 

June - C.S.Lewis (1942) The Screwtape Letters. Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil

July - Julien Green, Each Man in His Darkness (1960)

August - Walker Percy (1981) The Second Coming

September - Francois Mauriac (1932) Le Nœud de Vipères trs. Gerard Hopkins 1951 as The Knot of Vipers 

October - Monica Baldwin, The Called and the Chosen

November - Sigrid Undset Kristin Lavransdatter (a trilogy 1920-1922) Volume 3: The Cross translated by Tina Nunnally

December - T.S. Eliot, "Journey of the Magi", followed by Christmas drinks


January - Georges Bernanos, Monsieur Ouine, 1943 (trs. William S Bush)

February - T.S.Eliot, Ash Wednesday. Six Poems, 1930

March - Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth (Volume 2) Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, 2011

April - Iris Murdoch, The Bell, 1958

May - A.N.Wilson, C.S.Lewis A Biography, 1990

June - Poems from The Australian Anthology of Religious Poetry, 1986 (2nd edition 1991)

July - Alessandro Manzoni, I Promessi Sposi (1827) translated as The Betrothed. A Tale of XVII Century Milan (Archibald Colquhoun 1951)

August - Flannery O’Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge (short stories), 1956-1965

September - Evelyn Waugh, Helena, 1950

October - Gerald Murnane, Tamarisk Row, 1974

November - J.F.Powers, Morte D’Urban, 1962)

December - Poems - 'The Nativity of Our Lord and Saviour' by Christopher Smart, 'The Cultivation of Christmas Trees' by T.S.Eliot and 'Precious Five' by W.H.Auden, followed by Christmas drinks


January - Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, In the First Circle, written 1955-58, expurgated version published 1968, the first uncensored edition published 2009, trans. Harry T. Willetts

February - Bernard Bergonzi, The Roman Persuasion, A Novel, 1981

March - “Poems”, The Divine Office. The Liturgy of the Hours according to the Roman Rite, 1974

April - Giovanni Guareschi, Mondo Piccolo: Don Camillo, 1948 translated by Una Vincenzo Troubridge as The Little World of Don Camillo, 1951

May - Robert Bolt, The Mission

June – Graham Greene, The End of The Affair, 1951

July - Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story, 1791

August - discussion of the film Calvary

September - Henry Harland, The Cardinal’s Snuff Box, 1898

October - Julia O’Faolain, Women in the Wall, 1975

November - Sheila Kaye-Smith, Superstition Corner, 1934

December - Antonia White, The Hound and The Falcon: The Story of Reconversion to the Catholic Faith, 1965


February - by Fyodor Dostoyevsky,The Brothers Karamazov 

March - Jean-Pierre de Caussade, The Sacrament of the Present Moment or (in an earlier translation) Self Abandonment to Divine Providence

April - Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy (Inferno)

May - Mrs Humphrey Ward (Mary Augusta Ward née Arnold), Helbeck of Bannisdale, 1898

June - Robert Hugh Benson, Confessions of a Convert, 1913

July - St Augustine, Confessions (Books 1-9)

August - Deborah Larsen, The Tulip and the Pope: A Nun’s Story

September - Vincent Cronin, The Wise Man from the West : Matteo Ricci and his Mission to China, 1955

October - Nancy Klein Maguire, An Infinity of Little Hours 

November - G.K. Chesterton, Father Brown Stories

December - Christmas poems by St Teresa of Avila, followed by Christmas drinks 


26 February - Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy (Purgatorio)

1 April - Laudato si’  - Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home

29 April - A Distant Prospect by Australian author Annette Young, who joined us for the session.

27 May - Miracles by C.S.Lewis

24 June - Utopia by St Thomas More

29 July - The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

26 August - The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest by John Gerard

30 September - The Pensées by Pascal

28 October - The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

25 November - Eclipse of the Sun by Michael D. O’Brien

16 December - the poem Precious Five by W. H. Auden, followed by Christmas drinks


February – “The Four Loves” by C.S.Lewis

March – “In this Vale of Tears” by Australian author Gerard Charles Wilson, who joined us for this session

April - “Introduction to the Devout Life” by St Francis de Sales

May – “The Axe”, volume 1 of “The Master of Hestviken” by Sigrid Undset

June – “The Dialogue” by St Catherine of Siena

July – “Gaudy Night” by Dorothy Sayers

August – “City of God” by St Augustine

September – “Out of the Silent Planet” by C.S. Lewis, Volume 1 of his space trilogy

October – “The Divine Comedy: Paradiso” by Dante Alighieri

November –“Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversy, and the Splendor of Truth” by Richard John Neuhaus

December – Poems by St Robert Southwell followed by Christmas drinks


23 February - "The Snake Pit", Vol 2 of "The Master of Hestviken" by Sigrid Undset. 

23 March - a selection of poems by James McAuley.

We read 'Captain Quiros', which is a long poem, and the following 11 much shorter ones:

The Incarnation of Sirius
O Clear Day
An Art of Poetry
Father, Mother, Son
Nuptial Hymn
One Tuesday in Summer
At a Child’s Grave

27 April - "Silence" by Shusaku Endo 

25 May - "The Tyranny of Tolerance" by Peter Kurti, 2017

29 June - "The Power and the Glory" by Graeme Greene

27 July - "The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth" by Scott Hahn

31 August - "Men at Arms" by Evelyn Waugh

28 September - "The Path to Rome" by Hilaire Belloc 

26 October - "The Children of Men" by P.D. James

30 November - "Perelandra" by C.S.Lewis, Volume 2 of his space trilogy

14 December - a short work (to be advised) followed by Christmas drinks