Weekly Book Discussion Group


"During the season of Lent, beginning March 13, the Book Discussion Group will meet in the Faber Room on Wednesdays, from 1:15-2:45 p.m.  This will be a new time for the Book Discussion Group to meet, in order to determine whether meeting in the afternoon is a more convenient time for more participants.  At these afternoon sessions during Lent, the group will be discussing James Bacik’s book, “Humble Confidence: Spiritual and Pastoral Guidance from Karl Rahner.”  The book by Bacik will take up some themes included in the talks on Christology that will be given by Fr. Brian McDermott, S.J., at Holy Trinity in March.  Fr. McDermott will lead the first book discussion of the book by James Bacik;Tony Tambasco will resume leadership of the book discussions on March 20.”

The weekly book discussion group has been meeting for more than 18 years, and generally reads 4 or 5 books a year. We meet weekly on Wednesdays at 7:15pm to discuss and debate current, timely books on contemporary Catholic topics. Dr. Tony Tambasco, a theologian and biblical scholar at Georgetown University, leads the discussions.  All are welcome!

Current Book & Schedule


 The Church: Theology in History (revised edition) by Frederick J. Cwiekowski. We will begin the discussion of this book on Wednesday, October 31.
Brief review: The historical context in which theological understandings have developed play an important role in our understanding of the modern church. In this book, Sulpician priest and scholar Frederick J. Cwiekowski traces the theology of the church, beginning with the community of disciples during Jesus' ministry and the New Testament era. He continues through the various periods of history, highlighting events from both the East and West, including the remarkable developments surrounding the Second Vatican Council, the post-conciliar period, and today's pontificate of Pope Francis. With this book, intended for general readers and students of theology, Cwiekowski hopes to promote an appreciation of the mystery that is the church.
Frederick J. Cwiekowski, PSS, priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford (1962) and member of the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice, did graduate theological studies at the Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven) (STD, 1972). He taught in seminaries in Baltimore and Menlo Park, California, and in various summer school MA programs in different parts of the country. He is also the author of The Beginnings of the Church (Paulist Press, 1988).



Book Discussion Reminders:

1) Our next book discussion will be this Wednesday, January 9, when discussion of The Church: Theology in History will conclude with a discussion of chapter 11 and the two appendices.  

2) We will begin a new book for discussion on Wednesday, January 16: 

Vatican I: The Council and the Making of the Ultramontane Church by Fr. John O’Malley, S.J., published by Harvard University Press.

3)  Father John O’Malley, S.J. will be facilitating the book discussion of his book on January 16. Please read the first two chapters of the book, at least, for discussion.

4) Our meeting locations for the next two book discussions will be:

Jan 9, 2019      McKenna C

Jan 16, 2019     Neale Room

5) In light of the chapters on Vatican II and the Church since Vatican II in The Church: Theology in History, the following by Fr. John O’Malley, S.J. may be of interest.

John O’Malley, S.J.: “Looking at Vatican II with Pope Francis' Eyes"


John O’Malley, S.J.

The Style of Vatican II


If you cannot open the article by Fr. O’Malley in America and wish to read it, please let me know and I will send you, via e-mail, the text of the article.


Robert Stewart




Those currently members of the Book Discussion Group as well and anyone wishing to join are welcome.

For those joining our book group, please see 1) a listing of the books we considered reading (with information regarding each of the books) and 2) information regarding the votes cast for each of the books.  See the two attachments below for that information.
The group plans to read eight of these books during the yearl


If you have questions, please contact:
Robert Stewart
(703) 819-0479


Current Book & Schedule

  • The Holy Trinity Book Discussion Group will be meeting at 7:15 p.m. for book discussion on Wednesday evenings after Easter. No more afternoon book discussions in the Faber Room after Easter.
  • Our next book for discussion will be THE NEW COSMIC STORY: Inside Our Awakening Universe by Dr. John Haught.
  • We will begin our discussion of THE NEW COSMIC STORY: Inside Our Awakening Universe by Dr. John Haught on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:15 p.m.

2019 Meeting Schedule and Room Location:

Wednesdays 7:15-8:45 pm

The meeting locations for book discussions on the Wednesdays will be:

April 24, Neale Room
May 1, Neale Room
May 8, the Lower School Big Room.
May 15, Neale Room
May 22 , Neale Room
May 29, Neale Room
  • All the book discussions will begin at 7:15 p.m.
  • If you cannot find parking on the streets, please park at Georgetown Visitation High School on 35th St between P and Q Streets.