Media Center Pick of the Week: Gregory the Great

Say the name Gregory the Great and I think of Fr. Gregory Parkes, Vicar General, Chancellor of Canonical Affairs and pastor of Corpus Christi. He embodies this term of endearment in every respect. But there’s also a 6th century saint who bears the name. Gregorian chant, anyone?

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Say the name Gregory the Great and I think of Fr. Gregory Parkes, Vicar General, Chancellor of Canonical Affairs and pastor of Corpus Christi. He embodies this term of endearment in every respect. But there’s also a 6th century saint who bears the name. Gregorian chant, anyone? In honor of the September 3rd feast day of St. Gregory the Great, we feature the audio CD set, “Sanctity and Learning: Five Doctors of the Church Who Renewed Christianity.” Upon hearing of his election as Pope, Gregory tried to flee Rome. His reluctance is easily understood within the historical contexts of famine, invasion and plague. Those societal challenges were simply the beginning of the Church’s problems in Gregory’s day! Clamoring for Church reform, a mob actually delivered this faithful monk to St. Peter’s Basilica for his installation. Talk about popular acclamation! His insistence on delivering the proceeds from the sale of grain from papal properties to the poor, rather than the accepted practice of splitting it among the clergy, signaled a radical solidarity with the disenfranchised. In his emphases on humility and service to the poor, Gregory radically reformed the Church and set the Church’s mission on a solidly pastoral track. Along with Sts. Ambrose, Jerome and Augustine, Gregory has been long regarded as one of the preeminent Fathers of the Church. In our own day, his writings informed the Second Vatican Council’s perspective of engagement with the world. This “Now You Know Media” title features the lectures of Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Academic dean of Washington Theological Union. Dr. Anderson’s former career as a Hollywood screenwriter lends this series the immediacy of living narrative. In addition to St. Gregory, he focuses on the reforms of Sts. Peter Damian, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure and Catherine of Siena. Order this title during your visit to the Media Resource Center @ click here, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).
Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.