Form a Parish Reading Group - Fall 2021

Form a Parish Reading Group - Fall 2021
October 15, 2021
Get your friends together at your parish and start reading!

This year, The Leadership Institute will help parishes get great discounts on books, provide a study and reflection guide, and then invite all those who have participated to join us for lunch and a conversation with the author. Be sure to set your own schedule so that your group is finished in advance of the luncheon. If your parish does not form a group, feel free to read the book on your own and join us anyway.




Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?
By Dr. Timothy O’Malley

Most Catholics don’t believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist. Rather, they see the bread and wine of Holy Communion as mere symbols of Christ’s body and blood. Is that disbelief just a misunderstanding or is it a blatant rejection of one of the central beliefs of the faith?

In Real Presence, University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy P. O’Malley clears up the confusion and shows you how to learn to love God and neighbor through a deeper understanding of the doctrine of real presence.

A 2019 study by the Pew Research Center found that almost seventy percent of Catholics don’t believe that Jesus is really present in the Eucharist.

O’Malley offers a concise introduction to Catholic teaching on real presence and transubstantiation through a biblical, theological, and spiritual account of these doctrines from the early Church to today. He also explores how real presence enables us to see the vulnerability of human life and the dignity of all flesh and blood.

Gather on your own or in your parish and be ready for a conversation with Tim on October 15, 2021.

To place an order for books and the discussion guide, please email institute@diobpt.org.




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Form a Parish Reading Group - Fall 2021
October 15, 2021