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Liturgy & Personality
October 18, 25, and November 1
A three-week reading group through Liturgy & Personality with Tom Gourlay.
The group will meet over Zoom on Wednesdays at 8:30 am ET (8:30 pm Australian Western Standard Time/Philippines Standard Time; 2:30 pm Central European Standard Time).
About the Text
A precursor to the “Liturgical Movement” of the twentieth century, Dietrich von Hildebrand’s Liturgy and Personality is an awe-filled appreciation of Mass and its role in personal formation. Written by a philosopher who had recently converted to Catholicism, the book awakens us to see with fresh eyes the true beauty of the liturgy.
The meeting will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for the session will be sent out ahead of time.
To allow for rich discussion, the group is limited in size to a maximum of 20 participants. Once the group is full, additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.
All participants are expected to have a copy of the text and to come prepared to each session having done the weekly reading (15-45 pages per week). The weekly reading schedule will be e-mailed to you.
Tom Gourlay is the National Director of Chaplaincy and Faith Formation, and a lecturer and PhD candidate in Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia.
Tom graduated in 2017 with a Masters of Theological Studies from The John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne, Victoria with a thesis titled, ‘The Catholic Academy and the Sanctified Mind: The Implications of David L. Schindler’s Critique of Liberal Metaphysics for the Ethos of Catholic Academies.‘ He also holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education and a Graduate Certificate in Liberal Arts from the University of Notre Dame Australia. Prior to his work in Chaplaincy, Tom worked as a classroom teacher and faculty head of Religious Education in Catholic schools in Western Australia.
Tom is an Associated Scholar at the Hildebrand Project, and in 2012 became the co-founder of the Christopher Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture (Inc.), serving as the society’s inaugural president, a position he continues to hold.
Reading groups are free to attend.
If you are able, we invite you to make a donation to help defray the costs of organizing (reading groups cost the Hildebrand Project ~$900 for a four-week group). We are committed to making reading groups accessible to all; therefore, participation is not contingent on a donation.
Your gift support this reading group, our publications, web resources, and other events, all of which contribute to bringing the vital, life-giving witness of personalist philosophy into new and uncertain times.
Suitable for beginner to intermediate: primarily discussion.
Week 1: Intro & Ch. 1-3
Week 2: Ch. 4-7
Week 3: Ch. 8-11
- 8:30 pm Australian Western Standard Time/ Philippines Standard Time
- 2:30 pm Central European Standard Time
- 8:30 am Eastern Standard Time