Course Description

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.

In this seminar, Fr. John Parks will outline the key principles in the Council's document on the Church in the Modern Word, Gaudium et Spes.

Dates:  Tuesdays

November 9, 16, 23

Times:  6:00pm-6:30pm Social.  Presentation 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  After party 7:30pm to 8pm.

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

Zoom link for video conferencing available the week before the first class.

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


Fr. John Parks

Fr. John Parks was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Phoenix on June 5, 2010, and has served as parochial vicar of St. Daniel the Prophet and St. Timothy parishes. He has also served as the chaplain of Notre Dame Preparatory.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in Catholic Thought and Life and a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Fr. Parks is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.  In December of 2016, Fr. Parks was appointed by Bishop Olmsted as the new Vicar for Evangelization for the Diocese of Phoenix. Fr. Parks is also a frequent speaker at Steubenville Youth Conferences and is a regular contributor to, an online apostolate which seeks to engage and re-engage millennial Catholics.

Course curriculum

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    About the Seminar

    • About our Seminars in Catholic Theology

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