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Contact: Thomas Jacobi
In February 2020, the San Francisco Study Circle met for the first time. Professors, students, clergy, and professionals from the Bay Area gathered together in a classroom at St. Patrick’s Seminary to discuss Robert Spaemann’s essay “A Keyhole for Unbelievers? The Public Character of Cultus and the Broadcasting of the Mass on TV”—an uncanny choice, given what would come just two months later.
In May, the Circle met virtually, collaborating with the San Diego Study Circle for regular Zoom meetings for the rest of the year. This online format has enabled them not only to invite guest authors (David L. Schindler, Fr. Roch Kereszty, Gil Bailie, Angela Franks, Carol Zaleski, and Michael Hanby) but also to connect with other Communio Study Circles across the US, including in Fresno, CA; Shepherdstown, PA; Martinsburg, WV; and Cincinnati, OH. Mr. Thomas Jacobi, the Circle leader, shared, “The computer’s cold blue screen has not prevented conversations from being lively and at times even unwieldy, with as many as twenty participants streaming in; philosophies have clashed, and sparks have flown, but always in a friendly atmosphere.”
The San Francisco Circle, together with the San Diego Circle, now meet once every two months, and continues to invite Communio authors to join and help readers dive deeper into their texts.