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Dr. Henry Russell Conference 'The Christian Origins of the Lord Of The Rings'

11/2/2012 - 4:22 AM PST

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BRIGHTON, MI (November 2, 2012) - Holy Spirit Catholic Church Brighton is hosting a one day conference Saturday, December 1st with Dr. Henry Russell entitled, "The Christian Origins of the Lord of the Rings".

Continental breakfast at 9:30am followed by a morning lecture, "Hobbit" lunch and afternoon lecture with Q&A.

Tolkienís The Hobbit was written as a childrenís story but Bilbo Bagginsí world is slowly made richer and deeper both by the authorís use of the Catholic elements from the great medieval saga of Beowulf and the background world of Tolkienís deepest Elvish imaginings. By the end of the novel, Tolkienís life-long themes of 1) a long-fought history that shapes the needs of every modern day; 2) the need for heroism from simple people; 3) the necessity for constant moral vigilance by those who are destined to lead; 4) the conquest of charity over greed; and 5) the sorrow and beauty created by these first four themes, have penetrated to the heart of the reader.

Dr Russell is formerly the Chairman of Ave Maria Collegeís Department of Literature and has been a professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Wake Forest University.
Dr. Russellís works include The Catholic Shakespeare Audio Series, The Madonna of the Hearth; An Introduction to Dante,and The Catholic Elements of Tolkienís ďThe Lord of the RingsĒ.
He has recorded over 13 courses on Literature for homeschoolconnectionsonline and edited Dr. Alice von Hildebrandís groundbreaking volume, The Privilege of Being a Woman, and her Man and Woman: A Divine Invention.

Tickets are $20/pp or $30/family - advance sale only, NO tickets at the door. Please visit for more info or call 810-231-9199 x215. Find us on Facebook

In anticipation of this event, Holy Spirit will be screening the PG13 Theatrical Movie, ďThe Fellowship of the RingĒ
on Saturday, November 10th at 5:00pm. This event is free and pop/popcorn will be provided with pizza available for $2/pp.

Denise Polasky
Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church
9565 Musch Rd
Brighton, MI. 48116
810-231-9199 x215


Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church  MI, 48116 US
Denise Polasky - RCIA Director,  810-231-9199


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