Catholicism After 2018: Is the Benedict Option Our Only Option? featuring George Weigel, James Keating & Lee Oser

Event details

  • February 7, 2019
  • 5:30 pm
  • University Club, 219 Benefit St, Providence, RI 02903
  • 401.643.1255

What are the merits–and demerits–of the so-called “Benedict Option,” especially in light of the 2018 scandals in the Catholic Church? To what extent do the conditions of the Church today necessitate some sort of Benedict Option–a tactical retreat from the world in favor of intentional communities of faith? Join for a conversation between George Weigel (Ethics and Public Policy Center), James Keating (Providence College), and Lee Oser (novelist, College of the Holy Cross). Part of the Portsmouth Institute’s Catholicism & Culture Symposia Series, the panelists will consider the purpose of Catholic education, Catholic art as a means of persuasion, and the future of the Church.

This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Forum at Providence College.


George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies.

Lee Oser is a novelist and professor of religion and literature at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. Professor Oser has published three books of literary criticism and three novels, most recently Oregon Confetti, named by Commonweal Magazine as one of its top books of 2017.

Dr. James Keating is an associate professor of theology at Providence College.