As another year comes to an end, it is with great pleasure that I share with you the activities and programmes of the G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture. The last few months have been especially busy for the Chesterton Institute, as we have brought our work to many places in the United States and around the world. I am enclosing a newsletter where you will information about our recent programmes.
Once again, the programme of the Institute during 2013 has been a remarkably full and diverse one. We began the year with an exhibit and a conference on the theme of "Chesterton & Freedom" in New York and the seventh-annual Saints & Sleuths dramatic reading series. During the Spring, we first traveled to Bogota, Colombia at the invitation of Universidad de La Sabana to speak on the theme of "One Hundred years of Orthodoxy." From there we travelled to Chile for our annual conferences—this year on the theme of "Chesterton as Journalist." In late May, we hosted Fr. Ian Ker at Seton Hall University for a lecture on "Chesterton and Humour;" and in early June, we travelled to Italy for conferences in Rimini and Rome on the themes of "Manalive" and "Chesterton and the Family." During the month of August, we were co-sponsors of the Chesterton Exhibit at the 2013 Rimini Meeting—the biggest cultural festival in Europe—and we also collaborated in the stage production of "Manalive." It was a wonderful and most rewarding experience since we were able to invite thousands of people to meet Chesterton and to get to know him and his work better. The Fall was an equally busy time. In September, Dale Ahlquist was our guest at a New York conference on "Chesterton at the Daily News" at the American Bible Society. In October, we co-sponsored a symposium on "Newman and Chesterton" in Paris; and in November, I travelled to Salem, Oregon to speak on the subject of "The Everlasting Chesterton."
May I make a direct appeal for your financial support for this on-going work? Though we receive occasional grants for specific projects, our yearly budget still requires the help provided each year by readers of The Chesterton Review. The subscribers of our journal form a fellowship, and for almost forty years, your donations--large and small--have enabled us to continue our work of bringing Chesterton's wisdom to a world which is more badly in need of it than it has ever been.
We are now preparing to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of both the Institute and the Review; and, I hope that you will consider supporting the Chesterton Institute and our journal The Chesterton Review by making a tax-deductible donation. Your continued support helps the Chesterton Institute continue the important work began by the Chesterton in his time and helps the Institute go from strength to strength, not only in the quantity of programmes but in their quality, versatility and outreach these first 39 years. Would you help us to continue it?
What did your gifts make possible last year?
- The publication of The Chesterton Review's 39th volume in English, as well as our foreign language editions in: Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.
- Continuing development of the Institute's work in the United States, Europe and South America.
What will your generosity support in 2014?
- Continued publication of The Chesterton Review in all language editions: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian.
- Ongoing Conference and Lecture Series in the United States, Europe and South America.
- 40th anniversary programme and future events.