Seminars in Catholic Theology: Human Suffering - Insights from the thought and life of Pope St. John Paul II.

Legacy of Pope St. John Paul II Series | taught by Dr. Larry Fraher

Course description

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the session will take place virtually - live, via Zoom, and recorded for watching at a later date.

The lectures will begin at 6:30pm.


Inspired by the famous gatherings of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis at Oxford’s Eagle and Child pub, these seminars feature a presentation on an influential piece of Catholic literature, conversation, prayer, and glass of your favourite beverage.  Please “Bring your own Beverage” of either beer, wine or soft drink to share.

Human suffering is so profound, touching all people, in varying degrees and forms, including death.  John Paul II himself suffered greatly, and was able to see his pain in light of Christ, crucified.

To guide us in these issues, this seminar will examine the life and writings of Pope St. John Paul II, especially his work Salvifici Dolores, On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering.

In this three-week seminar, Dr. Larry Fraher will be our instructor.

Dates:  Tuesdays

October 27, November 3, 17.

Times:  6-8pm (with lecture/discussion starting at 6:30pm)

Location: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 2312 E. Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The Institute Classroom is located to the west of the church, in the parish office building, south of the gift shop, towards Campbell Ave.

Phone: 602-954-9089

Dr. Larry Fraher
Dr. Larry Fraher

Larry Fraher, Ph.D. has served his entire career in the Diocese of Phoenix at a variety of parish, school, diocesan, and university levels.  He holds both a BA in Theology and a MA in Systematics from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and a Ph.D. in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, where he wrote his dissertation on the imagination as the principal faculty in faith formation.  His current research interests lie in examining the loss of a Catholic and Sacramental sensibility among the faithful and examining paths for recovery.  Dr. Fraher is currently the Director of Faith Formation and Education at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Scottsdale.  He is married to Heather and they have 3 young adult daughters.