Back to All Events

John Paul II Reading Group

  • St Paul's Catholic Church 214 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ, 08542 United States (map)

The John Paul II Discussion Group, 2017-2018 Academic Year

The group originated at the Princeton University Catholic ministry in 2008.  Organized by Dr. Marzenna James and Dr. Elżbieta Napierała, it is an opportunity to engage in a discussion of encyclicals focused on the relationship between faith and reason, and the role of intellectual inquiry in the life of faith.  

4:30 pm on the first Saturday of the month in the academic year.  Location: seminar rooms (basement) of St. Paul’s Church.  Everyone interested in academic discussion is welcome to join.

October 7:

Cardinal Robert Sarah, God or Nothing, 2015 (available on; please focus on chapter 9 (The Joy of Gospel According to Pope Francis), skim the rest of the book.

December 2:

The encyclical letter by Pope John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis, 1979: available at the Vatican website or, in the pfd form, from the Catholic Society

February 3:  

The encyclical letter by Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens, 1981;  available at the Vatican website or from Discussant: Dr. Marzenna James, lecturer at Princeton University, author of a book chapter on Laborem Excercens  (in Giovanni Francesco Calabrese et. al., edts., La Chiesa a servizio dell’uomo e della società tra la guerra e la pace. Aracne editrice:2017).

April 7: George Weigel, Lessons in Hope, 2017 (expected on starting in September 2017)

Earlier Event: September 20
Welcome Back BBQ