The Catholic Novel


The Catholic Novel with Fr. Robert Lauder

This is an eight-part lecture series, with each episode running approximately 13-15 minutes. The 1st lecture is an overview on the Catholic Novel.

The Catholic Novel, as defined by Fr. Lauder, is a story whose theme is directly related to some Catholic teaching, dogmatic or moral; or some Catholic sacramental principle; and the mystery of Catholicism is treated favorably. Unfortunately in recent years the Catholic novel has been like a treasure hidden in a field, largely neglected even by Catholics. This series will attempt to change that.

Episode 1: Overview of the Catholic Novel (airs March 1st)

Episode 2: Graham Green’s “The Power and the Glory” (airs March 1st, following Episode 1)

Episode 3: Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” (airs March 8th)

Episode 4: Georges Bernanos’ “The Diary of a Country Priest” (airs March 15th)

Episode 5: Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer” (airs March 22nd)

Episode 6: Shusako Endo’s “Deep River”(airs March 29th)

Episode 7: Ron Hansen’s “Mariette in Ecstasy” (airs April 5th)

Episode 8: Graham Greene’s “The End of the Affair” (airs April 12th)


Each episode airs Wednesday at 6pm during Lent! All episodes will be posted to NET’s website after their broadcast debut!



Author of over a dozen books, full professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, and regular contributor to NET’s Gabriel Award-winning movie-review series, REEL FAITH, Father Lauder has long had as an avocation viewing and writing about films, theatre and literature. His essays on film have appeared in The Sunday Arts and Leisure Section of the Sunday New York Times, America magazine, Commonweal magazine and in his weekly column which appears in The Tablet, the Brooklyn Diocese’s newspaper. He has also contributed essays to books about film. In the popular Friday Film Festival program at Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Father Lauder has shown more than two hundred films, all classics or near classics. Knowing that many still think of film as nothing more than escapist entertainment, Father Lauder believes that film has tremendous potential to influence people deeply, at least as much potential as literature, theatre and television. In fact he believes that film, like other art forms, can be a mediator of God’s grace.This priest-philosopher is fond of saying “One film will not change anyone’s life but a constant diet of the same type of film has to affect people”. Father Lauder thinks that great films can raise consciousness and challenge conscience. In recent years he has tried to interest Catholic formation programs to include some study of film in their educational efforts.

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