To_Know_Christ_ Jesus

To Know Christ Jesus
Through Art and Word and Prayer


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  • The Catholic lay theologian, lecturer and publisher Frank Sheed wrote To Know Christ Jesus so that we might know Him as one person knows another.
  • The French artist James Tissot spent ten years of research in the Holy Land so that the 350 watercolors in his Life of Christ would portray Him as authentically as possible.
  • The founder of the Jesuits Ignatius of Loyola invites us in his Spiritual Exercises to contemplate imaginatively the life of Christ seeking a more intimate knowledge of Him that we may love Him more ardently and follow Him more closely.

We invite you to join us in this reflection group, studying Sheed’s text, interpreting Tissot’s art, and experiencing Ignatian contemplation, all about the life of the Lord.  In 2017 we covered the first half of the book; in 2018 we will look at the second half.


Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ, long-time member of the Manresa ministerial team, and
Ms Carole Sugrue, docent at the Detroit Institute of Arts for 30 years.

Dates and Times:
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings: January 16 & 30, February 13, March 6 & 20, April 3 & 17

Session Date

Read Sheed & Pray over Scripture or  images

Preview Tissot slides
1 Jan 16 Chapters 23-26
2 Jan 30 Chapters 23-26 Chapter 27-30
3 Feb 13 Chapters 27-30 Chapters 31-36
4 Mar 6 Chapter 31-36 Chapters 37-40
5 Mar 20 Chapters 37-40 Chapters 41-43
6 Apr 3 Chapters 41-43 Chapters 44-45
7 Apr 17 Chapters 44-45