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Before his ordination as an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Dr. Ferlo earned a Ph. D. in English literature at Yale and taught there for six years as assistant professor of English, receiving the Yale Faculty Prize for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching.

He is the author of Opening the Bible and Sensing God (both published by Rowman and Littlefield) and editor of Heaven (Seabury 2007). He has also published widely in periodicals and on the World Wide Web, and has lectured and taught in Italy, Australia and South Africa.

He is currently a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and plays the cello regularly in a neighborhood string quartet. He also serves as priest associate at St. Paul and the Redeemer in Hyde Park, where he and his wife Anne Harlan, a book artist, are regular parishioners.

Join us for his Evening Seminar:

Thursday, July 18 - 7 p.m.

The Priest as Poet: Wrestling with Faith and Doubt

Roger Ferlo will be reading and commenting on poems by two Anglican priest-poets (one English, one Welsh) separated by over 400 years of Christian believing: John Donne (1572-1631) and R.S. Thomas (1913-2000). Their passionate wrestling with issues of faith and doubt can resonate eloquently in our own troubled and troublesome times. No expertise in poetry needed or expected! Designed especially for people whose high school experiences of poetry seemed to ruin poetry forever!