Catholic themes seminar August 17, 2007

Patrice Thompson shared this information about:
Catholic Themes in Shakespeare’s Plays Seminar and Retreat at Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, CA August 17-21

Emeritus professor of English literature at Sophia University, Tokyo Peter Milward, S.J., a pioneer in the study of Catholicism and the works of Shakespeare, will be leading a seminar and retreat focusing on Marian heroines in Shakespeare’s Jacobean plays. He will also lead a contemplation of Shakespeare’s plays in light of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Readings will include Othello, The Tempest, Measure for Measure, All’s Well That Ends Well, King Lear, Henry VIII, Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter’s Tale.

The seminar will be held in Los Altos, California, at the Jesuit Retreat Center from the afternoon of August 17 through the morning of August 21. The total cost, including accommodations and meals, is $450. For more information or to attend, please contact Andrea Campana at or Patrice Thompson at

Fr. Milward will give a public lecture on the Catholic Shakespeare at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, August 25 at seven p.m. Admission is free.

Fr. Milward will also be leading a pilgrimage to northern California missions from August 21 through August 26.

A list of Fr. Milward’s works on Shakespeare can be found on the website of Boston College’s Religion and the Arts magazine at:

For more information on this event, please contact Patrice Thompson at

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