Internationally acclaimed Catholic author Joseph Pearce returns to the University of Mary for two speaking events.

Pearce will speak in the university’s “Grounds for Belief” series at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Starion Bank Living Room, Lumen Vitae University Center. He also will deliver a convocation address at 10 a.m. Friday at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business inside Butler Auditorium.

Pearce has written such book as “Tolkien: Man and Myth,” “The Quest for Shakespeare” and “Unmasking Oscar Wilde.” His autobiography, “Race with the Devil,” chronicles his conversion from the racism of his youth to a life of Christian service. Today he is a recognized expert on the works of Christian literary giants G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. His most recent book is “Heroes of the Catholic Reformation.” 

“Joseph Pearce is the master of literary biography,” says Peter Huff, director of the Saint John Paul II Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary. “His explorations into the lives of Catholic leaders during the tumultuous Reformation period shed new light on one of the most important eras in Christian history.”

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