Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.: The Priest & The Poet

May 16, 2017
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Paul Mankowski, SJLumen Christi Institute


6:00pm Buffet Dinner  |  6:30pm Lecture

Open to current students.

G M Hopkins (1844-1889) converted to the Catholic Church while a university student and later became a Jesuit priest and lecturer in classical Greek.  The poems by which he is known today were unpublished in his own lifetime, but in some measure formed -- and were formed by -- his friendships and his distinctively sacramental view of his own priesthood.

This course will consist of seven classes in which, after some brief biographical introduction, two or three poems of Hopkins will be read, together with pertinent material from his journal and letters, and discussed with a view to understanding the relation between Hopkins's temperament, his faith, and his art -- and, primarily, with the aim of deepening enjoyment of the poems themselves.  No prior familiarity with Hopkins is presumed.  No class presumes attendance at any other and students are welcome to attend any or all.


April 4th -- Dawn

April 11th -- Noon

April 18th -- Night

April 25th -- Summer

May 2nd -- Autumn

May 9th -- Winter

May 16th -- Spring

Paul Mankowski, SJ, is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Lumen Christi InstituteA native of South Bend, Indiana, and a member of the Society of Jesus, he has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from Oxford, and a PhD in Semitic Philology from Harvard University. He taught for many years at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and has published in the areas of language, theology, and the biblical text.