Study Circles


Contact: Peter Erb

During 2012, Peter Erb reports, the Waterloo Circle members held their regular monthly meetings and “discussed articles from Communio and other articles of interest in addition to holding three larger gatherings.” In his words, “one of the shortcomings of an Ontario gathering is the possibility of winter storms.” Unfortunately, this affected the attendance for the annual St. Thomas gathering, on January 28, at St. Matthew’s Church in Oakville. On that day, Fr. Mark Morely presented his paper “St. Thomas Aquinas and the Quandary of Technical Progress.”

On June 16, the group met at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Guelph to “undertake an overview of the older, but still highly relevant, book by Dom Jean Leclercq, OSB, The Love of Learning and the Desire for God under the topic ‘The Benedictine Vision for the New Evangelization.’”

Feature presentations were given by Dr. Norm Klassen (St. Jerome’s University), Dr. Keith Cassidy (Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy), Peter Nguyen, S.J. (Regis College, University of Toronto), and Ania Krysciak (responsible for Catholic students at Wilfrid Laurier/University of Guelph).

Another noteworthy meeting took place on September 15 when the Circle members met at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo for a discussion they entitled, “The Church Engaging the Modern World.” According to Mr. Erb, the attendees “reviewed the work of three Christian witnesses: the Orthodox, Sergeii Bulgakov, the Catholic, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the Primate of the Church of England, Rowan Williams.” The presenters were Dr. Myroslaw Tataryn (St. Jerome’s University), Deacon Charles Fernandes (Diocese of Hamilton), and Dr. Norm
Klassen (St. Jerome’s University). Full details on the regular sessions and other matters related to the movement are available at