Study Circles

New York

441 E. Fordham Rd
Bronx, NY 10458

Contact: Brock Scheller

Next in the lineup is a “new,” long-standing Circle, which meets in New York City. Although the group maintains no official affiliation with the University, Fordham’s Bronx campus is the host site of the New York City Communio Circle meetings, “comprised mainly (though not exclusively) of graduate students and faculty of Fordham University.” According to Brock Scheller, “the bulk of the attendees are graduate students in philosophy, theology, and medieval studies,” but all are welcome to participate. The group has been meeting for a number of years now, and has recently requested to join the ranks of Communio Study Circles.

The Circle meets one evening a month during the semester to discuss articles the members have read in advance. “Typically, one member volunteers to select and present an article. The bulk of the meeting that follows consists of open discussion rather than lecture, as members wrestle with the meaning and broader significance of the reading,” Brock says. “The group reads both older and newer pieces. For example, this fall the Circle discussed Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s article ‘Faith, Philosophy and Theology,’ from the 1984 Winter issue.” It also read Mary Taylor’s article “A Deeper Ecology: A Catholic Vision of the Person in Nature,” from the Winter 2011 issue and the first part of David L. Schindler’s book, Heart of the World, Center of the Church.