Led by Dennis Coday and Fr. Garry Richmeier
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) was a Jesuit priest, whose work as a geologist and paleontologist informed his theology and spirituality of the cosmos.
Louis Savary, who holds doctorates in mathematical statics and theology, has studied Teilhard for 40 years. We will use Savary’s book Teilhard de Chardin on the Eucharist: Envisioning the Body of Christ to explore Teilhard’s eucharist spirituality
“The Eucharist is essential for us: it is Christ who wishes to enter our lives and fill us with his grace.”
— Pope Francis
The book has two parts, the first half, more theological and foundational, explains Teilhard’s key ideas about God, Christ, the Eucharist, Earth, people, science and evolution. The second half takes many of these ideas and, from them, develops spiritual practices focused on the Eucharist.
The first half of the book is designed to make you think, the second half invites you to pray.
We will divide our weekly sessions like the book: the first half will be a study of Teilhard’s theology and in the second half our time together, we will practice some of the meditation exercises Savary suggests in the second half of his book.
This U.S. Catholic church is in the midst of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival at aims at reinvigorating the understanding and devotion to the Eucharist, which is the source and summit of our faith. This is the first in several study and prayer experiences the Renewal Center plans on offering as part of the national revival.
Ordering the Book
The Renewal Center will order a limited number of copies of the book that we will sell at cost plus shipping to people who can pick up the books here at the Center.
We are working to get a discount for folks who register for the class and want to order a book on their own. Check with the Renewal Center staff before you purchase the book.
Outline of our Sessions
Feb. 23, Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. central time
March 2, Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. central time
March 9, Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. central time
March 16, Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. central time
March 23, Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. central time