The Discipulus Institute presents “The Martyrs of Japan: A Literary Exploration of Shusaku Endo’s Silence” with Fr. Nick Smith, director of the Office of Sacred Worship at the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Classes will meet Mondays, from June 19-July 17th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm with a viewing of the movie on July 27th. The cost of the course is $25. Text is not included.
Set in 17th century Japan, Silence recalls the travails of two Portuguese Jesuit missionaries attempting to evangelize the country, both of whom are eventually are forced to watch as their lay Japanese Christian brothers are martyred for a refusal to renounce their religion.
The narrative and its Roman-Catholic converted author has continually been praised by critics for its well-crafted fiction and is regarded as Endo’s masterpiece.
Classes will be discussion based. The dialogs will be generated from the readings and prompted reflection questions to foster intellectually stimulating conversations. The focus of the course and its discussions will use the readings to inspect the concept and contexts of Catholic and Christian martyrdom in the contemporary and secular world.
Date(s) - June 19, 2017 - July 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm