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St. John's Book Club

The purpose of St. John's Book Club is to help St. John's parishioners develop a healthy, lifelong habit of spiritual reading, meet and connect with other parishioners, and grow closer to God. Our motto is Tolle et lege, "Take and read." St. Augustine of Hippo providentially heard these words spoken by a child, prompting him to open the Bible and begin reading. This simple event sparked a conversion in him, giving the Church one of its most famous and influential saints. Our patron saints are St. Augustine and St. Francis de Sales, both bishops, Doctors of the Church, and authors of many classic works of Catholic theology and spirituality.


The book club works in the following way:


1. The club coordinator chooses a book of theology, spirituality, or Catholic fiction, drawing from Fr. John McCloskey's Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan, then establishes a reading window (usually 2-3 months) with a start and end date, during which time members will read and discuss the book.


2. The club members obtain a copy of the book on their own (many are available through the public library system or inexpensively via for hardcopy or Kindle download), then prayerfully read through it at their own pace during the reading window.

3. The club will meet in-person whenever we are wrapping up our current book and transitioning to a new one. Meeting dates and times will be announced here, on the email distribution list, and in the parish bulletin.


Currently reading: The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis (through March 31, 2017)

Next meeting: TBA (please contact Coordinator for location or other details)

If you would like to participate in the Book Club:

Great! All you have to do is obtain a copy of The Problem of Pain and start reading. You can purchase a copy from for under $10 or order a copy from Heavenly Presents bookstore in Leonardtown. It is also available for Kindle download for $13.99 (as of 3/1/2017).

Please email Lacy Scheiber at or call (301) 373-2281 if you have any questions or would like to join our email list.

Future Books:

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis (Feb. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2017)

Conversation with Christ by Peter T. Rohrbach (Apr. 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017)

The King's Good Servant But God's First by James Monti (Jun. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2017)

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