Study Circles


Favre House
565 Huron Street
Toronto, ON M5R 2R6

Contact: Joseph A. Koczera, S.J.

The Toronto Study Circle was able to meet five times during 2012, Fr. Peter Nguyen gladly reports. On January 18, the group gathered at Regis College at the University of Toronto to discuss David Cloutier’s article “Working with the Grammar of Creation: Benedict XVI, Wendell Berry, and the Unity of the Catholic Moral Vision” from the Winter 2010 issue. “We concluded the evening with Vespers and pizza!”

Again on February 29, the Circle members met at Regis College to discuss the Holy Father’s Apostolic Letter Porta fidei. Having enjoyed the outing so much the previous month, they chose to close the evening with Vespers and pizza once more.

On March 28, the group changed its meeting strategy. Instead of discussing an article the Circle members had read, they gathered to attend the Martin Royackers Lecture: “Are Religious Schools Public? Reflecting on the Meanings of Secular and Secularism,” given by Iain T. Benson at Regis College.

Another such gathering occurred on May 18, when the members met together to listen to Barry White, Principal of St. Michael's Choir School at the Newman Center of the University of Toronto. The principal gave a lecture on Catholic secondary education entitled: "What is Catholic Education & Its Relationship with Theology?" This time the group concluded the evening with Vespers and a potluck dinner.

For the final meeting of the year, the group returned to its original format of conversation. On October 18, the gathering took place at Regis College, and the discussion centered on David L. Schindler's article from the Winter 2011 issue, “The Repressive Logic of Liberal Rights: Religious Freedom, Contraceptives, and the ‘Phony’ Argument of the New York Times.” The evening concluded with its usual recitation of Vespers and “an excursion to a nearby restaurant.”