Jesuit Book Club

Join Jesuits and friends around the world for spiritual reading and conversation in the Jesuit Book Club!

Open to anyone who’s interested, the book club features a private Facebook group for ongoing discussion. Plus, we’ll have a live, interactive online gathering on Thursday, May 28.

Our book is Ron Hansen’s 1991 novel Mariette in Ecstasy, “the highly acclaimed and provocatively rendered story of a young postulant's claim to divine possession and religious ecstasy.”

Facilitating our conversation will be the fabulous author and teacher Nick Ripatrazone, who wrote about the novel for the Paris Review. “Mariette in Ecstasy?is a book to be rediscovered in the age of Pope Francis, a man of modernity and tradition, a charismatic bundle of contradictions,” he wrote. “Both Hansen’s novel and Francis suggest that paradoxes and surprises are endemic to Catholicism.”

Fill out the form below to register for the Thursday, May 28 book club gathering featuring reflections from Nick Ripatrazone and host of the AMDG Jesuit Podcast Mike Jordan Laskey (4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT).

And don’t forget to join the ongoing conversation at

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.

Jesuit Book Club Online Gathering Registration
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 4:00pm ET

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