“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” G.K. Chesterton
I do love it when a plan comes together. A few weeks ago an article on this blog announced “Theology and Fantasy: the Imaginative works of G.K. Chesterton“, a joint project between the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross and the Dawson Society.
The plan was simple: To hold a series of classes on the works of G.K. Chesterton not only to promote this great Christian thinker, but also to draw attention to the fact that Chesterton, like the Ordinariates, were Anglo-Catholics who came into the fullness of the Catholic faith by entering union with Rome. As Chesterton has provided the Church with many great fruits, so too do the Ordinariates have a lot to offer.
The first class, pictures above, had a respectable 30 people attending (including 5 members of the Clergy).
The presenter for the entire course is the excellent Daniel Matthys, from the Dawson Society, who has a deep insight into the works of Chesterton and makes them of great interest even to novices who have not read any of his works. We are especially grateful for Daniel’s efforts considering his first child was born a week before the course started: a son he named ‘Gilbert’ after Chesterton himself. Daniel picked the theme “Theology and Fantasy” as the Christianity in Chesterton’s fiction work is a great passion of his.
Also of interest the Dawson Society is named after Christopher Dawson– another great Anglo-Catholic who came into union with Rome.
Also at the class was the Ordinary of OLSC Mons Harry Entwistle who celebrated Divine Worship before the first talk, and said a few words during the talk about Anglo-Catholicism, its fullness in the Ordinariates and the re-establishment of the Catholic hierarchy in England not too long before Chesterton’s time.
A Facebook group “Theology and Fantasy” on Chesterton’s imaginative works was set up if you would like to join in from afar.
We have already had our second class doing an overview of “The Napoleon of Notting Hill” with 24 attending- with a big turn over of attendees (each class was designed to be stand alone so people can make what classes they can).
I will finish off with a challenge: little old us in Perth planned it and did it- why not your Ordinariate Community? (I am especially looking at you London and Houston).
Fun Chesterton Fact: In 2009 the Episcopal Church added Chesterton to their liturgical calendar for the 13th of June. Also Chesterton Societies everywhere are promoting his cause for Beatification in the Catholic Church- maybe the Ordinariates could take up the cause as well……