The Catholic Novel

The Catholic Novel with Fr. Robert Lauder

This is a lecture series, with each episode running approximately 13-15 minutes.

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.

Our 4th Season will debut on Tuesday, November 27th at 9pm and air all thru the 2018 Advent Season, Tuesdays at 9pm.

Here’s the breakdown for the new season:

November 27th – Episode 1 – Piers Paul Read’s “Monk Dawson” & Episode 2 – Piers Paul Read’s “The Death of a Pope”

December 4th – Episode 3 – Muriel Spark’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” & Episode 4 – Brian Moore’s “Catholics – A Novel”

December 11th – Episode 5 – A.J. Cronin’s “The Keys of the Kingdom” & Episode 6 – A.J. Cronin’s “The Green Years”

December 18th – Episode 7 – J.F. Powers’ “Morte D’Urban” & Episode 8 – J.F. Powers’ The Presence of Grace”


To catch up on what we’ve covered so far, see ALL our episodes below!

All Season 1, episodes are currently available for viewing below:

Season 1, Episode 1: Overview of the Catholic Novel

Season 1, Episode 2: Graham Green’s “The Power and the Glory” 

Season 1, Episode 3: Evelyn Waugh’s “Brideshead Revisited” 

Season 1, Episode 4: Georges Bernanos’ “The Diary of a Country Priest” 

Season 1, Episode 5: Walker Percy’s “The Moviegoer” 

Season 1, Episode 6: Shusako Endo’s “Deep River”

Season 1, Episode 7: Ron Hansen’s “Mariette in Ecstasy” 

Season 1, Episode 8: Graham Greene’s “The End of the Affair” 

A 2nd season of 8 novels aired during the 2017 Advent Season, and are currently available for viewing below:

Season 2, Episode 9: Shusako Endo’s “Silence”

Season 2, Episode 10: Graham Greene’s “The Heart of the Matter

Season 2, Episode 11: Alice McDermott’s “The Ninth Hour”

Season 2, Episode 12: Myles Connolly’s “Mr. Blue”

Season 2, Episode 13: Francois Mauriac’s “Viper’s Tangle”

Season 2, Episode 14: Mark Salzman’s “Lying Awake”

Season 2, Episode 15: Morris West’s “The Devil’s Advocate”

Season 2, Episode 16: Graham Green’s “Monsignor Quixote”

A 3rd season of 8 novels aired during the entire month of April 2017, and are currently available for viewing below:

Season 3, Episode 17: Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

Season 3, Episode 18: William Kennedy’s “Ironweed

Season 3, Episode 19: Budd Schulberg’s “On The Waterfront”

Season 3, Episode 20: Bruce Marshall’s “Father Malachy’s Miracle

Season 3, Episode 21: Graham Greene’s “The Third Man”

Season 3, Episode 22: A. G. Mojtabai’s “Ordinary Time

Season 3, Episode 23: Wm. Paul Young’s “The Shack”

Season 3, Episode 24: Bruce Marshall’s “The World, The Flesh, and Father Smith



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.

Recent Episodes

Episode 9 – “Silence”

December 12, 2017

This 9th episode (and first of a brand new season) focuses on Shusaku Endo’s “Silence”!

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