Chesterton Societies: You Can Never Have Too Many!

Here’s News for all you folks in Seattle and Milwaukee. First, for you Seattleites:

Dear Friends of the Seattle G. K. Chesterton Society,

The Seattle Chesterton Society proudly announces the next event in our Chesterton Speaker Series, coming up Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 PM at the UW Newman Center — an evening of discussion concerning Hilaire Belloc and the Incarnation.

Many of you will remember last year’s evening of discussion with Professor Michael Matriotti on the spirituality of Russian monastics, their tradition of spiritual direction, and its amazing legacy. If you were there, you know the level of intensity, interest, and depth of spiritual reflection that Prof. Matriotti brings to his subject. To listen to this speaker is not merely to be informed, but to have one’s heart kindled.
Please see below for full details. Please see also our full Events Calendar for more details pertaining to our 2011-2012 season.

The UW Newman Center is located at 4502 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Please note that parking space at UW Newman Center is limited. Commuters may park in the nearby N5 lot at the University, accessible via the north gate at NE 45th and Memorial Way.

We hope to see you on the 23rd, and please bring a friend!

Yours faithfully,
The Seattle G. K. Chesterton Society

Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 7:30 PM, UW Newman Center
Hilaire Belloc:
How the Word Made Flesh
Vanquishes Barbarism, Servility, and Despair
Dr. Michael Matriotti
Seattle University
For Hilaire Belloc, the doctrine of the Incarnation was not an abstraction but a palpable historical event affecting the reality of all things. The Incarnation is the inspiration of the romanticism of the real so characteristic of Christian civilization. The loss of the sense of the reality of this historical event is destroying inevitably the ability to make traditions live anew, is bargaining away economic freedom, and is sapping the zest for life.
Dr. Michael Matriotti is an Assistant Professor in Matteo Ricci College at Seattle University and Head Cantor at St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church here in Seattle. Prof. Matriotti took his B.A. degree from St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore, Washington, and his Doctorate in Theology degree from the Graduate Theological Union, at the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation was a study of “The Relation between Science and Religion Viewed in the Light of the Evolutionary Notions of Julian Huxley, Carl Jung, and Friedrick Wilhelm von Schelling.”

Second, for youse guys in Milwaukee:

Dale Ahlquist will be in Milwaukee on Saturday March 3rd for two speaking engagements. During the day he will have a presentation at the Men of Christ conference, and that evening he will be at an event sponsored by the Milwaukee Chesterton Society.

An Evening with G.K. Chesterton and Dale Ahlquist
Common Sense for the 21st Century: G. K. Chesterton, Complete Thinker and Complete Man as presented by Dale Ahlquist, EWTN host and President of the American Chesterton Society

Mo’s Irish Pub
Saturday March 3, 2012

142 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203
(Located at the corner of Plankinton & Wisconsin Avenues)

Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society, host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He has written three books on Chesterton, edited five more, and has written for over a dozen publications. He has lectured at major colleges and universities and other venues, including Yale, Columbia, Notre Dame, Oxford, the Vatican Forum in Rome, the Thomas More Centre in Melbourne, and at the House of Lords in London.

He is the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a high school in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and the executive producer of Manalive, a film based on a novel by G.K. Chesterton, which will be released in 2012.

Dale received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a M.A. from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He and his wife Laura have six children.

“Ahlquist on Chesterton is like Plato on Socrates, or Boswell on Johnson.” New Oxford Review.

Rick Brittnacher
Milwaukee Chesterton Society

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  • ivan_the_mad

    Huzzah! Chesterton is the man to read! Belloc too. And Fr. McNabb … many others. But certainly Chesterton!

  • I heard Dale Alhquist speak at St. Joseph’s seminary in Yonkers, NY last week. There was a priest there who is involved in starting a Mid-Hudson chapter in Poughkeepsie, NY. Looking forward the their email!