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Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin, S.J. H'17

One of America's most beloved spiritual leaders and the New York Times bestselling author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything and Jesus: A Pilgrimage teaches anyone to converse with God in this comprehensive guide to prayer.

In The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Father James Martin included a chapter on communicating with God. Now, he expands those thoughts in this profound and practical handbook. Learning to Pray explains what prayer is, what to expect from praying, how to do it, and how it can transform us when we make it a regular practice in our lives. A trusted guide walking beside us as we navigate our unique spiritual paths, Martin lays out the different styles and traditions of prayer throughout Christian history and invites us to experiment and discover which works best to feed our soul and build intimacy with our Creator. Father Martin makes clear there is not one secret formula for praying. But like any relationship, each person can discover the best style for building an intimate relationship with God, regardless of religion or denomination. Prayer, he teaches us, is open and accessible to anyone willing to open their heart.

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over 450 Royals from all over the world are reading with the Scranton Book Club

Rev. Patrick D. Rogers, S.J., Jesuit Center
Rev. James D. Redington, S.J., Jesuit Center
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Kristin Albaugh '18
Mohammad Alsahli '06
Laurie Alvich '83
Anne Amon P'23
Lynn Andres '89
Delight Balducci '00
Christopher Banks '86
Jacquelyn Barna '94
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Jessica Baschoff '16
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Charles Battenberg '80
Jane Beh Clark '89
Angela Zamora Bell '93
Marie Belotte P'22
Michael Belus '76
Catherine Bender
Kay Bender
 Kristen Bene '99
William Benedict '96
Kim Benedicto '04
Shernai Bentley '13

Leonard Berkoski '62
Lynn Berry '78
Kayla Betacchini '09
Michael Bevilacqua '78
Rich Bevilacqua '83

Erika Beyrent '18
Jennifer Bezek '93
Kate Biles '84
Diane Binck P'23
Justin Blewitt '66
Kathy Bobash '87
Mary Ellen Bodack P'22
 Rosemary Bogan '84
Bob Bolger '83, P'10
Susan Bonacci '94
Jerry Borosky '86
Lisa Borrelli Dorn '81
Luis Bourget '15
Douglas Boyle '88
Linda Brake '82

Kate Branca P'21
Kathryn Brokus '10
Janelle Brown '07
Mary Bruce '17
Drew Bubser '76
Richard Bucci '79
Meghan Buckley '16
Colin Burdick P'17, P'20
Susan Burdick P'17, P'20
Natasha Burdyn '19
Barbara Burke P'17
Natalie Burke '11
Edward Burnetta '84
 Joseph Butash '07
Melissa Calascibetta '16
Carolyn Callahan '98
Susan Cannilla P'21
 Maureen Cantwell P'23
Laura Capasso '12
Joseph Cardamone '59
Robert Carr '81
Mary Casola P'23

Maureen Castaldi '85, G'14
 Mara Castellano '07
Roxanne Castellanos P'20
Donald Castellucci '14
Melissa Cavallo '12
Rachel Chow '13
John Chramanis '97
 Matt Christy '98
Sarah Cil '12

Stephanie Clark '03
Valarie Clark '12
Tara Cleary '04

Charles Cleveland '84
Valerie Clifton '86
T. Coakley '93
Anne Marie Collins '88
Susie Collins '91
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 Bill Colona '08
Carolyn Colonna '89
Margaret Compton P'21
Joe Conley '07
Stephanie Conserette '08, G'18
Monica Corbett '84
David Coughlin '83
Jennifer Courtney P'23
 Cara Coyne Sawyer '00
Eileen Crowley Melloy '94
Lucia Csaszer P'22
David Curry '05
Sandra Czibik '82
Nick D'Andrea '14
Jon Dame '84
Lynette Danzig P'15, P'18, P'22
Kaitlyn Davis '17
Elizabeth DeFilippo '98
Mark Degenhart '85
Nancy Deignan '80
Thomas Dellecave '65

Jeff Demian '87
Sharon Dersam '99
Chris Desmarais P'16
Mary Desmarais '10
Allison Dennison '17
 Brian Devers '83
Clare Devine '08
Patricia DiBartolomeo P'15
 Lisa Dida '81
Tom Diffley '80
Emily Dineen '17
Dena Dodge '93
Neil Donahue '71
Frank Donahoe '70

 Regina Dolan Donohue '89
Michaela Dolde '19
John Donaghy '70

Anne Marie Donnelly P'21, P'23
Tom Donnelly P'21, P'23
Joan Donovan '77

Mary Doyle Troy '95, G'00
Alicia Dragone '11
Mary Beth Driscoll D'Andrea '82, P'14
Michael Ducey '84
Brian Duke '79
Kathleen Dunlea '89
Joy Dupont '02
Kristin Durkin
Mary Durkin '02
Martin Dwyer '83

Joanna Earley '92
Megan Early Brady '99
Sean Egan '03, G'09
Kimberly Elko '93

Jennifer El Mekkaoui '01
Nancy Emma P'23
Emily Errickson '19
Cheryl Evans
Lisa Evans-Whittington '83
Philip Fabiano '82

Mary (Resser) Fazio '84
Christine Falcone '08, G'10
Christine Fanelle Gutekunst '85
 Noradeen Farlekas '83
Sinead Farrelly '11
Laura Fay '15

Kimberly Febus (nee Friend) '06
David Fedor '99
Erin Feeley '95
Anne Ferketic '19
Catherine M. Fischer '13
Christine Fischer '11
Donna Fitzgerald '86

Michele Fitzgerald '76
Jonathan Forte '07, G'09
Rebekah Flanagan '75
Ed Flannery P'22
Jayne Florentino '14
Beth Ann Flynn '90
Mimi Flynn '88
Sylvia Fontes '84
Stephanie Fowler P'20
Julia Frakes '17
William Fries '74
Gina Furey '90
Teresa Garvey P'21
Maria-Gabriela Geraci '09

 Luis Galito '96
Craig Gallagher
Kathleen Gallagher '86
Marrijo Gallagher P'22
Melisa Gallo '16, G'21
Crystal Garland '18
Kathy Gaydosh '85, G'16
Donna Geslak P'21
Anna Giannantonio '19, G'20

Jeffrey Gill '76
Christine Gimbar '05

Caitlin Gluck '06
Donna Gomez
Karolina Gomez '19
Michael Goonan '13, G'15
Mary Graham '89
Emily Grandinetti P'11

 Frances Gray '93
Eileen Greenlay '92
Kevin Gremse '87
Lori Grochowski
Cheryl Grosso P'22
Chrissy Grunza '12
Patricia Gudmundsen P'13
Sreedhar Gudugunti '16
Kathleen Gulbin '93
Cathy Haber P'20, P'22
 Toni Hadgis '88
Christine Hall Brothers '01
Kathleen Hamilton '85
Andrea Hampton '17
Melissa Hanley '02
Karalee Harhaji '13
Thomas Harding P'21
Lori Haring '93
Gary Harrity '72
Rita Harvey '07
Julie Harte P'22
Theresa Hartey P'23
Jennifer Hatki '17, '20
John Hattman '64

 Theresa Haughey '87
Mary Haumacher '88
Mariah Hawley '19
Maura Hayden '08
Joan Hearst
Linda Hee '93
Beth Held '11
Elizabeth Held '10
Carol Henson (Newcomb) '96
Susan Heppler '07
John Hernandez '04

Kate Hildreth '05
Thomas Hill '71
Margaret Hines '19
Nancy Hlavaty '86

Karen Hoerst '05
Joan Hoffmeier Gorrell '82
Mary Grace Holmes '93
 Sarah Holst '95
Bill "Corky" Howell '84

Jason Hughes '95
Gerry Hyde P'21
Allison Iavarone '82

Marc Incitti '15
Jen Irwin '88
Victoria Jagger '83
Florence Jaffa '10
Michael Janny
Jo Ann Jarvis P'20
Maria Javier '95
Erin Jensen '94
Laurice Johnson '18
Bob Jones '70
Gregory Jones '97
Jenn Jordan '88
Jennifer Joswick '13

Michelle Jouacin P'22

Belinda Juran '81
Catherine Kallberg P'22
Anne Kasper '82
A Kay '90
Joan Keil '84
John Kelly '10

Phyllis Kelly P'22
Pamela Kennebrew
Megan Kennedy '92
 Jennifer Kenney Plumb '94
Tom Kenyon '05

Mary Beth Kerbaugh '84
 Mary (Campbell) Kerrigan '89
Craig Kievit '88
Carol Ann Killian '81
Susan Killian P'24
Brian Kilner '20

Maura Kilner P'20
Meaghan Kilner
Maura King '88
Regis Kirchner '67

 Holly Kisailus '91, P'21
Lisa Kita '83
Sharon Kneubuehl '16
Annabeth Knight '10

Cathy Kollar P'17, P'19
Tom Kollar '84, P'17, P'19
Kara Kopach '01
Cara Kopicki '20
Karen Koronkiewicz '89
Scott Kramer '05
Lauren Krasucki '15
Jack Kruper '70
Alison Kucharski '16
Tom Kucinski '85
Mary Kuna '09

Valerie Kuramoto '83
Patty Lafean '84
Jim Lajeunesse '93
Rosemarie Lally '76
Kelly Lamb Ennis '86

Dan Lamken '90
Lori Langan
Ann Marie Laskiewicz-Ross '79, G'09
Tiffany Latzanich P'23
Debra Lawrence '79
Ericka Lavelle '07
Cheryl Leatherbarrow '91
Joanne Leighton '87
Michael Lenio '94
Ernest Leva '79
Diane Lewis P'22

Karla Lewis '07
Lauren Lia '13

Deanna Lindberg '14
Brett Lapinski '93
Bob Liptock '75
Dominique Luizzo '16
Joe Lofstedt '13

Greg Lombardi P'24
Stephanie Longo '03, G'06
Valarie Lucas '15
William Lucker '11
Christine Ludka '96
Karen Lugris '99
Lorraine Luschas Babarsky '77
Michael Lynch P'24

Ken MacBain P'21
Katie MacLaughlin '06
Marie MacTigue '18
William Mackey '17
Elizabeth Madden '96
 Laura Magliocchetti '02
Kathryn Mahon Peach '91
Paulina Maida '12
Alex Maier
Heather Maigur '02

Jose Maldonado '19
Tara Malia '93
Alexandra Malisheski '22
 Joseph Malocheski '93
Patrick Malone '91
 Mary Ann Malyszek P'22
Jennifer Mamrol '15
Steve Mancini '14
Joan Manigrasso '81

Enrique Manlapid '13
Elizabeth Manzoni '97
Katie Marchesi P'22
Bonnie Markowski

Martina Martin '80
Armond Mascelli '70
Jason Mascitti '80

Alyssa Maslen '14
Trisha Masters '11, P'24
Kathleen Matthews P'20

Alan Mazzei '68
Pat McAndrew
Cathy McAree P'24
Perin McCormick '05
Mary Beth McCoy '91
Amanda McCulloch '08
Annamarie McDermotta '97

Karen McDonald '94
Samantha McDonald '07
Mary Joyce McDonough '20
Melissa McElwain '99
Erin McFadden '02
Magdalene Mcglynn '16
Walt Mcgough '63
 Timothy McGovern '57
Linda McGowan '80
Robyn McGrath P'22
Theresa McIntosh '86
Robert McKeage

Helena McKenna P'20
Colleen McKenzie '08
Theresa McKeon '85, P'22
Charles McLaughlin '65
Michele McMahon '86

Christine McMullan P'23
Shannon McNulty '96
 Kristen McShane '18
Joseph McTiernan P'20
Haley Meade '19

Kim Mecca '92
Elizabeth Mejia '97
Joseph Mele '05

Luis Melgar '18
Charles Merkel P'24
Maryann Meyers '76
Angela Miller '94
John Miller '85
Tabbi Miller-Scandle '90
Lourdes Mitchel

Maureen Mitru '87
Jennifer Moakler '10
Arianna Moliere '14
Matt Monaco '06
Mary Monteiro
MaryEllen Monteiro P'22
Amie Montemurro '05
Edgar Morano '83

 Marie Mortimer '87
Tom Moughan '70

Sean Muchler '02
Eileen Mulcahy '88

Mary Mulholland '89
Kelly Mulroy '88
 Lucy Murfitt '94
Ann Marie Murphy '80

Karen Murphy '94
Mark Murphy
Mary Murphy P'20
Rob Murphy '90
 Mary Beth Murray '08
Maureen Murtha '86
Bob Musinski P'21
Joan Musinski P'21
Julie Nastasi '00
Gina Naticchi '09
Colleen Neary '88
Susan Neggia '19
Lori Nidoh '80
Gerilyn Niebler P'16
 Christine Newton '82
Kelly Noto '91
Jennifer Novack '06
Angel Nowak P'23
Jim O'Boyle '57

Marie O'Connor '96, P'22
Michael O'Connor '88
Gerard O'Malley '49
Mary O'Neill '85
Don O'Reilly '18

Cathy O'Sullivan P'21
Loretta O'Toole '87
Michael Ogundimu '10
Sharon Olechna

 Judy Oliver '97
Lauren ONeill '08
Stacy Oppenheim '10

Tom Orme '84
Emily Ortiz '13
Kathleen Owen '91
Carolyn Packard '10, G'14
Mary Packard P'20
Lisa Paddock
Kathy Pelaez P'24
Gustavo Pallamares '01
Margaret Palmieri P'21
Luann Parker P'20
Terry Parker P'24

Liz Pasquarette '84
Stephen Pasterchik '79
Yatish Patel P'22

Marianne Patterson '12
Lori Paulowskey Tasci '04
Mike Penkethman '93
Charlotte Perez '10
Vianey Perez '20
Marianne Perry '93
Mary Peterson G'81
Jennifer Petito P'22
Dominick Petitto '15
Ronald Pettinato

Theresa Phillips '76 
Molly Piazza '18
Nina Picarelli '10
David Piccolo '08
Mary-Louise Piner '92

Giacomina Pirolo '17
Kay Platt P'20
Amy Pollock '87
Kathleen Post '99

Bailey Potter '19
Maeve Potter '18
Cindy Purcell '86
Regina Purcell P'21
 Joe Pusateri P'21
Mary Ann Putnam '11
Marlene Quijano P'22
Melissa Rafalko '10
Mary Raffaele '13
Patricia Rafferty '83

Mary Beth Rauser '88
Matt Redetzky '19
Kim Rendon '89
Lauren Reed '18

Mary Jane Reilly '86
 Mary Bernadette Reinbold '80
Phyllis Reinhardt '78
Dan Reisteter '82
Lorrie Resuta '92

Mary Rezeski '79
 Jennifer Riccardi '18
Darren Rivera '14
John Rizzo '08
Mary Ann Robinson '87
Marie Robson

Gina Roche '89
Kara Romanowski '19
Anna Ross '93

Gary Ross '76
Jeffrey Rossi '88
Cathleen Rudawski '91
Ann Marie Ryan P'23
Danielle Ryan '89
Jan Rybnicky P'20
Anahita Saadat '12
Jane Sacco
Annette Sanchirico '20
Diana Sanns P'22
Chris Santana
Shannon Saxon-Price '20
Terry Schafer '81
Jonathan Schall '13
Brian Scheld '78
Ann Marie Schilling '92

Frank Schneck '53
Mary Ellen Schreibstein P'21, P'23
Wilbert Senoble '15

Anthony Sevilla '82
Jeffrey Seymour '02, P'22
Parth Shah '19
Kevin Sharpe '81
Jane Shershenovich '89
Paula Signora P'24

Jessica Signore '17
Fransiska Simbolon
Eric Skorupa '11
Betsy Slattery

Joan Slavin
Carolyn Smart Farrington '05
Ted Smart P'22
Diane Smith '86
Dina Smith
Jack Smith '73
Mara Smith '13
Rick Snooek '07, G'13
Sandra Snyder '93
Sarita Soares '04
Ruth Sorbanelli P'24
Nicolette Spaccavento '18
Gina Squillante '88
John Stanczak P'24
Pinky Stanseski '20

Patty Stanton '82
Eileen Steele '88
Renee Steinbrecher '93
Angela Stewart '14
Terri Strelish '00
Stanley Strelish, Jr. '99
Robert Strony '98, G'18
Erin Sullivan '08
Sean Sullivan '92

Elizabeth Sunkel '11
Kasie Sweeney '12
Tim Sweeney '64, G'68

Margaret Swingle '18
Michael Taddei '20
 Lori Talbot P'23
Mara Tarabocchia '08

Ian Taylor '16
Katie Taylor 
Karolyn Teufel '98
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Thelman P'90
John S. Thelman '90, P'23
Kimberly Thelman P'23
Susy Thomad '90
Lisa Thomas '87, P'20, P'22
Neal Thompson '87
Linda Thorpe P'16
Rick Thorpe P'16

 Colleen Tofani '81
Cathy Toner '89
Janet Tooley '85
Kim Townsend '13
Michael Tricolla
Claire Tucciarone P'14, P'20
Elisa Tuffy '99, '11, G'13, G'20
Leanne Turnak P'23
Shawn Tweedt '96

Christine Tweedy '92
Theresa Tysiak '88
Joseph Ulichny '06
Tom Umile '06
Brian Umpierre '95

Lisa Valenzuela '88
David Velez '17
Michael Venn '03
Amy Verdonik '16
Dillon Vita '17

Julia Vitiello '18

Lori Vellardito P’20
Theresa Vogel '79
Carol Voit
Sarah Votrobeck '02
Barbara Wagner '96
Elissa Waliszewski '01
Lori Walton
Alexis Ward '20
Chris Warner '67
Mary Watts '79
Shawn Washart '12
Linda Waycaster '13
Erin Webber '88
Caroline Webel '16
Aimee Wechsler '11
Janet Weeks '75
William Wenner '79
Ryan Wesley '91
Megeen White '89
Phyllida Whittaker '19
Jennifer Whritenour '11
Rebecca Wick '80
Tom Wilkinson '80
Rev. Jim Williams '64, P'94
Leanne Williams '91
Susan Williams P'22
Bob Wilson '90
Bob Wilson '94
Jennifer Wohlgemuth P'24
Terri Wolek '14
Brenda Worley
Lynn Wormuth P'23
Carl Wrazien '71
Bob Wright '59
Brian Wynne '80
Karen Yanni '88, P'21, P'23`
Brian Yeager '65
Jane Yeow '87
Phil Yevics '72
Kathy Yoo P'24
Adrienne Yourek '00
Mary Beth Zazzera '83
Michael Zazzeri '87
Debbie Zenzal '05
Amanda Zitzelman '18
William Zogby '69
James Zrebiec '69
Anne-Marie Zuchowski '81
Jennifer Zur '01
Diane Zyats '86
Janice Zych '95, P'23

img_5629.jpgOur first selected book was Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries.

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Watch Discussion #1 (Intro - Chapter 4)

 
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the-jesuits-guide-to-almost-everything.jpgOur second selected book was The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life  by James Martin, S.J. H'17.

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Watch Discussion #1 (Chapters 1-4)


Watch Discussion #2 (Chapters 5-9)

Watch Discussion #3 (Chapters 10- End of Book)

barking-to-the-choir.jpgOur third selected book was Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kindship by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

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Watch Discussion #1 (Chapters 1-3)


Watch Discussion #2 (Chapters 4-7)

Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, our third and final discussion of this book was not recorded.

 

power-glory.jpgOur fourth selected book was The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene.

 

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Due to technical issues, our first discussion did not record.

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caste.jpgOur fifth selected book was Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents  by Isabel Wilkerson.

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Watch Discussion #1

Watch Discussion #2

Acess Passcode: Caste123*

Watch Discussion #3

Acess Passcode: Caste1018*