New Book Study – “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

In this book, Catholic priest, professor, and author Henri J. M. Nouwen will take you on a spiritual journey addressing themes of homecoming, affirmation, and reconciliation of a relationship of father and son. Nouwen brings to light how closely related the story is to our own spiritual journeys. The study unpacks the book and visually references famous artwork by Rembrandt, both titled, “The Return of the Prodigal Son”.

When: Two sessions are being offered:
Monday evenings beginning April 19th (4/19-5/10); OR
Tuesday mornings beginning April 20th (4/20-5/11)

Time: Monday evenings 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday mornings 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. (after 8:30 a.m. Mass)

NOTE: Both sessions are in-person and COVID guidelines will be followed.

Materials: The book is part of this study. Order online from, or you can purchase at the Dwelling Place in Normal (while supplies last).

After you receive your copy of the book, begin reading the introduction (pgs. 1-23). It is not necessary to have read the introduction for the 1st meeting but it is helpful.

Registration and questions: For room planning purposes, please email Marylynn Meredith at to sign up and indicate which session you prefer to join.

Once we know number of attendees, you will receive an email with more instructions and room assignment.