2003: O'Connor and Percy


The Fall 2003 Catholic Literature Series, “A Reason to Write: Two Catholic Novelists,” focused on the work of Southern Catholic writers Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy. O’Connor once wrote, “I feel that if I were not a Catholic, I would have no reason to write, no reason to see, no reason ever to feel horrified or even to enjoy anything.” Inspired by this passage, we examined the lives of these Catholic authors and how their faith influenced their great works of fiction. Sadly, there are no videos available for this series.

  • “Why Jesus Throws Everything Off Balance: Flannery O’Connor and Catholic Culture,” Ralph Wood, Baylor University 
  • “Just Another Wednesday Afternoon: Walker Percy and the Faith,” Benjamin Alexander, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • “Flannery O’Connor: Fiction as Theology,” Lawrence Cunningham, University of Notre Dame 
  • “Strangers and Pilgrims: Spiritual Travels with Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy,” Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Books 

Catholic Literature Series