A Good Summer Read

A Good Summer Read

Summer Book Groups at HNOJ are back! A Good Summer Read continues in Summer 2024 with two fantastic Catholic fiction classics. Register today for either (or both!) of these great summer books groups and dig into Catholic fictions you won’t soon forget. 

All participants are asked to obtain their own copy of the work. We have an link below to make sure you get a copy of the the right book. But feel free to source your copy from wherever you wish. 

See you in the pages of a new favorite book! 


Morning Group

Father Elijah: An Apocalypse 
By Michael D. O’Brien

Father Elijah

Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time. It explores the state of the modern world, and the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary religious scene, by taking his central character, Father Elijah Schafer, a Carmelite priest, on a secret mission for the Vatican which embroils him in a series of crises and subterfuges affecting the ultimate destiny of the Church.

In this richly textured tale, Father Elijah crosses Europe and the Middle East, moves through the echelons of world power, meets saints and sinners, presidents, judges, mystics, embattled Catholic journalists, faithful priests and a conspiracy of traitors within the very House of God. This is an apocalypse in the old literary sense, but one that was written in the light of Christian revelation.

Meeting Dates: June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16

Meeting Time: 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays

Location: Fireside (unless it’s too nice to sit inside)

Reading Schedule:
Session 1: chps 1-5
Session 2: 6-9
Session 3: 10-12
Session 4: 13-16
Session 5: 17-19
Session 6: 20-22


Evening Group

By Evelyn WaughHelena

Helena is the intelligent, horse-mad daughter of a British chieftain who is thrown into marriage with the man who will one day become the Roman emperor Constantius. Leaving home for lands unknown, she spends her adulthood seeking truth in the religions, mythologies, and philosophies of the declining ancient world, and becomes initiated into Christianity just as it is recognized as the religion of the Roman Empire. Helena--a novel that Evelyn Waugh considered to be his favorite, and most ambitious, work--deftly traverses the forces of corruption, treachery, enlightenment, and political intrigue of Imperial Rome as it brings to life an inspiring heroine.

Meeting Dates: June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, 9, 16

Meeting Time: 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays

Location; Fireside (unless it’s too nice to sit inside)


Registration is below. Questions? Email Chris.