What is the Upper Room Series?
The Upper Room was the place not only of the Lord’s Supper, but also resurrection appearances, communal prayer, and Pentecost – the first meeting place of the Church. In this series, our Upper Room is also place for men and women to grow in faith that is rooted in Scripture, prayer, the teaching of the Fathers, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Upper Room talks are non-successive topical lectures that provide formation in the Catholic intellectual, artistic, and cultural tradition. The Oblate Fathers and Brothers share expertise in a wide variety of topics, from Scripture study to moral theology, spirituality, art, and history, while guest speakers bring additional richness from the Catholic tradition of thought, art, and social action.
Join us Wednesdays at 7 pm in the Upper Room to grow in understanding and appreciation of our Catholic culture. Come meet others who are seeking to know Jesus and follow him faithfully; discuss the real struggles of living our faith in the world today; come to learn about the rich tradition of Catholic thought, art, and spirituality.
All Talks are on Wednesdays at 7 pm
January 31 – The Dead Sea Scrolls: Bringing Scripture Alive
If you have ever wondered how the Bible on your shelf came to be through a long history, learn how this treasure trove of first century manuscripts changed our understanding of the Bible forever.
February 7 – Fasting and Feasting: Penitential Seasons in the Year
Reflection on the Church’s ancient traditions of fasting, abstinence, and celebration can be a source of renewal in our practice of the faith today. Come explore questions such as: Why fast? How to fast? When to break fast and celebrate!
February 21 – Praying with the Psalms
Fr. Peter Grover OMV, brings the Psalms alive with his deep understanding of Scripture and how it touches the life of each person. Fr. Peter will explain the historical context of several important Psalms and give insights on how they can continue to be inspirational in our prayer today.
March 7 – Divine Liturgy: Praying with the Church from the Heart
Have you ever struggled to pay attention at Mass? Or felt uncertain of what is happening? Join us for a look at the public prayer of the Church guided by Br. Nathan Marzonie OMV, that will give an interpretive key to symbolism in the Church’s communal prayer and concrete suggestions on how to participate fully and actively on a personal level.
March 21 – What is Philosophy and Why is it Important in Catholic Life?
Philosophy can teach us to be attuned to reality, consistent and logical in our thinking, self-aware, and ethically mature. Join us as Dr. Sarah Byers explains this and gives examples of how the Fathers of the Church used philosophy to understand more about mysteries of the Catholic Faith, such as Jesus’ agony before his Passion, the Trinity as a consubstantial Godhead, and the Eucharist.
April 4 – Theology of the Body
Fr. Thomas Carzon gives an introduction to St. John Paul II’s first major catechesis as Pope that expresses his constant preaching to people of the 20th century: God made us to share in his life and happiness, a message built into the human body itself.
April 18 – Venerable Bruno Lanteri, the Father of the Oblates
Dr. Cabrini Pak will tell us about the founder of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary and his cause for canonization that is currently under way. Dr. Pak is leading the effort to make Ven. Bruno better known throughout the United States and beyond.
May 2 – The Spirit will Teach You Everything: Prophecies about the New Covenant
How did St. Paul understand the Holy Spirit and grace? Where did his teachings come from? In calling the People of Israel to be faithful to God’s covenant, each of the Prophets hinted at something more: a new, interior covenant where the Law would be written on the heart.
May 9 – The Catholic Church and the Media
Rose Cummings will share her experience of working in the media and how it relates to women, the Church, and the culture.