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Sep 12 | Art, Culture, Faith, & Film

Art, Culture, Faith, & Film

What we can learn from JPII’s Letter to Artists

Part of Our Truth, Beauty, and Goodness Series

The Church’s rich tradition in support of the arts is well known, but in today’s film landscape, many young adults are left wondering if we should watch movies at all. How can we avoid mindlessly consuming film and start to appreciate film through the lens of Faith? How can we be intentional about our choice of films to watch? How do we honestly evaluate films in light of Faith?

Before you swear off all films but the Fireproof series and G-rated kids movies – before you go on your next Netflix binge, consider attending our next Theology on Tap.

Topic: Art, Culture, Faith, & Film: What we can learn from JPII’s Letter to Artists
Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Monday, September 12
Las Delicias, 5689 Quince RD, Memphis, TN 38119

About our Speaker


The turning point for Jake Kelly came in high school when a friend of his wanted to make a series instructional videos about martial arts. According to Jake, “this time in my life, turning on a camera to tell a story became something interesting and cool.” He worked in the TV Production department at his high school and pursued an education in TV & Film Production. After a stint at the University of Memphis, he was seeking more from his college education. At the age of 20, months before he converted to Catholicism, he discovered John Paul the Great Catholic University in California in a book given to him by a friend. Excited about their film program, he enrolled in JPGCU and has been working and studying in film ever since. At Theology on Tap he’ll put his 12 years of education and experience to work for us. For more about Jake and his top 10 favorite movies, check out the series he did for the Catholic Young Adult Ministry blog at

The Little Way

Aug 8 | The Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

The Little Way of St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Part of Our Summer of Spirituality Series

At the time of her death at the age of 24 in 1897, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, was hardly known to the world outside the walls of her Carmelite Monastery in France.

So, how did this unassuming young adult inspire millions and become a Doctor of the Church? How can we live out her “Little Way” in our busy lives today? Devanie Cooper will tell us at our next Theology on Tap.

Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Monday, August 8
Place: Fox Ridge Pizza
1769 N Germantown Pkwy
Cordova, TN 38016


About Our Speaker

devaniecooper1-300x300Devanie Cooper once spent time discerning a vocation to the Carmelite Order before seeking a career in entrepreneurship and evangelization. She spends her days co-owning and managing the largest Catholic supply store in the Mid-South, working with an incredible team to make the store a center for the new evangelization in her city. She is a graduate of John Paul the Great Catholic University. She has been seen or featured by the Commercial Appeal, Aleteia, Delivered Magazine, Immaculate Heart Radio, BotRadio’s Life and Liberty, WMCTV Channel News 5, and WREG Channel News 3.

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July 11 | The Spirituality of St. Benedict

The Spirituality of St. Benedict

Part of our Summer of Spirituality Series

St. Benedict of Nursia by many accounts is one of the most influential figures in Christian history. He is known most notably as the writer of The Rule followed by many Western monastic orders today. But you don’t have to be a monk to draw from the wisdom and practice of Benedictine spirituality. What is it all about? How can we live it out as lay people? Find out at our next Theology on Tap.

Topic: The Spirituality of St. Benedict
Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Monday, July 11
Place: East Tapas & Drinks, 6069 Park Ave, Memphis, TN 38119


About our Speaker

Eucharistic Conference - Fr. James Clark.

Fr. James Clark earned the BA at the University of Steubenville, OH. After two years teaching elementary school religion and RCIA and directing the choir at St. Michael Church and School here in Memphis, he earned a post-graduate degree, the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB), from the University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum) in Rome through their program offered at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. Ordained to the priesthood, Fr. Clark enjoys sharing his passion for the Catholic faith. He is the newly appointed Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Savannah, TN. He is currently studying Cannon Law and at one point discerned joining a Benedictine Order.

Ignatian Way of Decision Making

Jun. 13 | The Ignatian Way of Making Decisions: Heart, Mind, and Spirit

My son, to my words be attentive, to my sayings incline your ear; Let them not slip from your sight, keep them within your heart; For they are life to those who find them, bringing health to one’s whole being. With all vigilance guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life. Dishonest mouth put away from you, deceitful lips put far from you. Let your eyes look straight ahead and your gaze be focused forward. Survey the path for your feet, and all your ways will be sure. Turn neither to right nor to left, keep your foot far from evil.  – Pr 4:20–27

For those who love the Lord, our greatest desire is to follow His will for our lives. Making the choice to follow Christ daily can be a challenge, and with seemingly endless possibilities ahead of us, the biggest choices are often the hardest to make. God usually allows us only a glimpse beyond the horizon, so how do we keep our eyes ahead? How do we survey the path at our feet? How do we guard our heart? How do we listen to God’s words?  St. Ignatius of Loyola gives us a pretty good blueprint. Come learn about it at our next Theology on Tap.

Topic: The Ignatian Way of Making Decisions: Heart, Mind, and Spirit
Time: 6:30 PM
Date: Monday, June 13
Place: Cheffie’s Cafe
483 High Point Terrace
Memphis, TN 38122
About Our Speaker

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Sam Mauck, Director of Catholic Campus and Young Adult Ministry, is a self-described Ignatian Spirituality “enthusiast.” Sam has a Master’s Degree in Social Psychology and Counseling from Ball State University. As a former Campus Minister, Career Development Director, and Dean of Students, he has counseled young people through important decisions about their futures. He has been especially drawn to Ignatian Spirituality since discovering The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by Fr. James Martin, SJ in the fall of 2010. He’s learned through study, prayer, and spiritual direction, the tremendous value of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s practical teaching on the spiritual life, especially decision making. He loves to share what he’s experienced with others. Sam is married to his wife, Jessica, with whom he has a one-year-old son, Augustine. They are expecting their second child in October. He’s a Memphis Grizzlies fan and a lover of theatre and film.

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