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The Greatest Catholic Story Ever Told: Dante’s Pilgrimage Through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven

November 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$10 donation suggested

In-Person (limited space) and online (Zoom) event

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In March 2021, Pope Francis urged “Christian communities…and cultural associations to promote initiatives making known the message of Dante’s great medieval poem, The Divine Comedy, “in all its fullness.”

Dante is to Catholic literature what Michelangelo is to Catholic art and architecture, and what Augustine and Aquinas are to Catholic theology: the best of our tradition and cultural patrimony. Dante, says Pope Francis, “wants to show us the route to happiness, the right path to live a fully human life, emerging from the dark forest in which we lose our bearings and the sense of our true worth.”

In this lecture, Greg Smith, Dean of the Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (L.A.N.E.) will introduce us to The Divine Comedy. Why is it the greatest Catholic story ever told? What can it show us about our own pilgrim journey toward eternal joy? And how can we use its insights to live better lives?

For four decades, Greg Smith has written and taught about as well as traveled throughout the Christian world – over thirty of those as a Protestant. After a decade-long “Road to Rome” journey, Greg and his wife joined the Catholic Church in 2016. With his eclectic background, he brings a global perspective on the historic Christian faith. Currently, Greg serves as the Director of Ministries at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, teaches at the Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization, and is the founder of One Whirling Adventure.

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November 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Greg Smith


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