Mark your calendars for an exciting 3-day event with internationally-acclaimed author and speaker Joseph Pearce. Known for his books and television presentations on J.R.R. Tolkein, Shakespeare, G. K. Chesterton, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and much more, Mr. Pearce will speak on three fascinating and important topics:
Unlocking the Catholicism of “The Lord of the Rings”
Saturday, Jan. 22 at 5:15 pm
(Appetizers, beer, and wine available this night only!)
Did you know the author of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was a faithful Catholic? J.R.R. Tolkien himself described “The Lord of the Rings” as “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.” Joseph Pearce unlocks the Catholic symbolism that allows Tolkien’s epic to be read and understood on the deepest level of religious significance.*
The Evangelizing Power of Beauty: Converting the Culture
Sunday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 pm
In an age which has turned its back on faith and reason, the treasures of truth rooted in the beauty of our faith are desperately needing to be rediscovered. Find out how the beauty of Catholic art and an authentically Catholic culture can be the greatest weapons in evangelization and saving souls for Christ and His Church. Beauty can save the world!
A Matter of Life and Death: The Battle for a True Education
Monday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 pm
In our post-Christian and secular age, the moral values we took for granted are being subverted and redefined. Unfortunately, false ideologies creep into all facets of our culture, attacking our history and jeopardizing a future that is yet to be written. Joseph Pearce will reveal the marks of what true education should be and outline the pearl of great price of Western civilization, offering practical advice to parents about how to pass on this priceless inheritance to their children.
(Several of his books will be available for purchase during his visit—cash or check only.)
* “The Lord of the Rings” Movie Night!
Friday, Jan. 21 at 6:00 pm
In preparation for Joseph Pearce’s speaking event, we will show “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring,” the first film in the trilogy, here at St. Mark. Please note: This film is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for young children.