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Monday, October 4, 2010

Lectures by Local Author Fr. Brian Bransfield

Fr. Brian Bransfield is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He currently serves at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as Assistant General Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis. Fr. Bransfield will be delivering lectures and talks on his new book The Human Person According to John Paul II, published by Pauline Books and Media. Most of these lectures will be held in our local parishes here in Philadelphia. We will be present with a book display of Fr. Bransfield's new book as well as other inspiring titles.
Mark your calendars!
  • Lecture on The Human Person according to Pope John Paul II on November 6th beginning at 9:00am at Corpus Christi Parish Landsdale PA
  • Lecture for Permanent Deacons on December 4th 2010 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
  • Lecture on The Beautiful Truths of Catholic Teaching & the Thought of Pope John Paul II on February 12th 2011 at St. Coleman Parish, Ardmore
  • Lecture on The Human Person according to Pope John Paul II on February 26th 2011 from 10:00am-12:00pm at The Old Church of St Andrew, Newtown 135 South Sycamore St. Newtown, PA 18940

    Book Review by Sarah Reinhard
The most compelling reason I have for wanting to stand from my rooftop and trumpet to everyone I know that they should read this book is that it’s approachable AND that it makes the whole idea behind Theology of the Body (republished in an expanded form recently as Man and Woman He Created Them), John Paul II’s great masterpiece (which is also online), approachable...
This book is written by an expert. Above all, Bransfield knows what he’s talking about. There are not only a million footnotes (which are also worth reading, by the way — some great stuff buried there in the back of the book!), but there’s also that air of confidence that comes from really knowing your material. This book is the Real Deal, made even more delightful by the fact that it is so approachable and tangible as it covers such a difficult topic.
The Human Person According to John Paul II gets my highest recommendation. I’d lend you my copy, but it’s dog-eared and underlined and written in many of the margins and, really, I’m not willing to part with it. (I don’t say that about many books, mind you.) I think you’ll find this to be a book worth reading, rereading, and studying. You might even find that it will take you down the road of reading Theology of the Body itself. Happy reading!

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