TAN Direction The Spiritual Masters: St. Bonaventure

TAN Publisher Conor Gallagher and Fr. Robert Nixon delve into the life and historical background of St. Bonaventure, honored by the Catholic Church with the title of the Seraphic Doctor. St. Bonaventure, along with Arnold of Bonneval, offer some of the most profound insights into the seven last words of Christ, and this series uncovers the hidden and powerful meaning found in the Teacher’s last lecture.

Meet Your Hosts

Conor Gallagher is the CEO of TAN Books. He is the Executive Director of the Benedict Leadership Institute at Belmont Abbey College, and also on the Board of Trustees for Belmont Abbey College. He is a Board Member at Saint Joseph College Seminary for the Diocese of Charlotte.
He is the author of “If Aristotle’s Kid Had an iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents”, “Still Amidst the Storm: A Family Man’s Search for Peace in an Anxious World”, “Parenting for Eternity”, and he has a series of shorter books coming out, including “You Are Never Too Busy” and “You Have Only One Problem”. He and his wife Ashley are the parents of fifteen children.

Fr. Robert Nixon, OSB, is a monk of the Abbey of the Most Holy Trinity, New Norcia, Western Australia.  There he serves as Director of the Institute for Benedictine Studies.  He is a retreat master and liturgist. His interests include Medieval Latin literature, especially the lives of the saints.

Podcast Episodes:​

St. Bonaventure Part 1: Historical Background

Join TAN Publisher Conor Gallagher and Fr. Robert Nixon in this discussion on the historical background of “The Seraphic Doctor,” St. Bonaventure. St. Bonaventure was a true “Renaissance Man” – a bishop, writer, professor, and philosopher – before the Renaissance had even arrived, yet he was always grounded in the

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St. Bonaventure Part 2: The Seven Last Words of Christ

Discover the true origin of The Seven Last Words of Christ – the man whose work inspired Bonaventure’s own early poetic and contemplative works on the matter. With Fr. Robert Nixon’s expert guidance, learn which of Our Lord’s final words can be found in each of the four Gospels, and

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St. Bonaventure Part 3: A Model for Holiness

Fr. Robert Nixon illuminates how Bonaventure serves as an example for all of us, from multitasking workaholics to devout but exhausted young families, to the spiritually slothful. Bonaventure – “good and fortunate journey” – lived a life of deep devotion and commitment to everything that he applied his talents toward.

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