Where does the Catholic Church go from here? Author James Carroll brings his crystal ball to Morristown, May 17

Author James Carroll
Author James Carroll

Award-winning author, Boston Globe columnist and former Catholic priest James Carroll brings a provocative topic to Morristown on May 17:

Author James Carroll
Author James Carroll

Beyond nostalgia and survival – an alternative agenda for the Church.

Carroll tackles this one at 7:30 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where he will be the 2012 speaker of the John Shelby Spong Lectureship. The series began in 2011 with a lecture by Karen Armstrong.

In addition to writing for the Globe, Carroll is the Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University and holder of the 2011 Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair at Emory University.

Born in Chicago in 1943, Carroll attended Georgetown University before entering the seminary to train for the Catholic priesthood. He received BA and MA degrees from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary in Washington, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1969. Carroll served as Catholic Chaplain at Boston University from 1969 to 1974, then left the priesthood to become a writer.

His 10 novels and six works of non-fiction include the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem; The New York Times bestselling Constantine’s Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which won the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Practicing Catholic.

Carroll’s most recent book is Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was
named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly.

The lecture will be followed by a festive reception and book signing in the Parish Hall. General Admission is $15.  Register here.

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