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September 8, 2010

Uncovering the Riches of our Catholic Heritage: Readings in the First Five Centuries of Ecclesial History

In all ages the Catholic Church has been abundantly fruitful in sanctity and learning and has produced both Saints and outstanding theological and devotional writings. Catholics are the heirs of a truly rich tradition! Yet often enough, today’s most informed layperson is familiar only with the Saints and traditions of the last few centuries. The spiritual and theological wealth of the Church’s earliest periods remains mostly hidden and unknown.

Starting the first week of October, St. Charles Borromeo will offer an eight week course on some of the most important figures and documents of the earliest eras of the Catholic Christian faith. We will be digging deeply into various writings from ancient Saints and theologians such as St. Clement of Rome, St. Justin, St. Irenaeus, Tertullian, Origen, St. Cyprian, St. Athanasius, and St. Augustine.

Through these texts, the participant’s knowledge of Catholic doctrine will be profoundly deepened. This course will also be grounded in and saturated with Sacred Scripture. Indeed, the texts we will be reading together are a privileged lens through which the Word of God comes into focus and clarity. They are the link between the Apostolic Age during which the New Testament was written and the Church Age during which it is read. In fact some of our authors were the direct disciples of the Apostles. Finally, these writings are some of the most important heirlooms of our spiritual tradition and promise to provide years of devotional reading—feeding and nourishing the believer for a lifetime.

This group study is an initiative led by David Tedesche, the resident seminarian at St. Charles. It is provided primarily for parishioners of St. Charles, yet it is open to all Catholics in the diocese. Young adults of high school age are also welcome—as are Christians of other denominations. The first meeting of this eight week course will be Wednesday, October 6 from 7:00-8:30 pm in meeting room 28 in the school building at St. Charles (use the Maiden Lane entrance). All who are interested in joining us, please call David Tedesche at 585-663-3230 (ext. 103) or email him at Or just show up!

Come join us and together we can uncover the riches of our Catholic heritage!

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