Jesuit Lenten Book Club

This Lent, make spiritual reading and conversation part of your preparation for Easter with the Jesuit Lenten Book Club.

Open to anyone who’s interested, the book club will feature a private Facebook group for ongoing discussion throughout Lent and a live, interactive online gathering on Thursday, April 9 (Holy Thursday).

Our book is Graham Greene’s 1940 novel "The Power and the Glory," the story of an unnamed priest who secretly serves Catholics in Mexico after a state governor has declared the faith illegal. The priest is a broken, gluttonous, deeply sinful man searching for grace.

Facilitating our conversation will be the fabulous author and teacher Nick Ripatrazone, who wrote the article “Revisiting The Power and the Glory During Lent” for The Atlantic. “Dramatizing the Lenten struggle between doubt and faith, complacency and reflection, Greene’s novel examines what happens when an unfit believer is made responsible for the wellbeing of an entire community,” Ripatrazone wrote. “Not despite but because of his sins, the whiskey priest is the prototypical Lenten character.”

Fill out the form below to join the Jesuit Lenten Book Club. Once you sign up, you’ll get an email with:

  • A link to the private Facebook group where Nick Ripatrazone will facilitate conversation about the book as we read it together throughout Lent; and
  • An invitation to the online gathering on Holy Thursday where Nick and AMDG Jesuit Podcast host Mike Jordan Laskey will welcome you to an interactive session on the book and our shared Lenten journeys.

Facilitator Bio:

Nick Ripatrazone is the author of “Longing for an Absent God” (Fortress Press 2020), a consideration of how faith and doubt influences Catholic storytelling. The culture editor for Image Journal, he has written for Rolling Stone, GQ, The Atlantic, Esquire, The Kenyon Review, Commonweal, America, The Sewanee Review and The Paris Review. He writes monthly columns on poetry for The Millions and on teaching for Literary Hub. He has taught literature and creative writing at Rutgers University and The College of New Jersey.

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