screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-8-55-16-amNovember ACS Update:

As our October get-together (robust turnout notwithstanding) did not lend itself to discussion of the 2nd half of St. Francis of Assisi, we have rededicated our November gathering to a final discussion of this book.

Please note that we will ONCE AGAIN try a new location:

497 Old Niskayuna Road, Latham, 12110.

Thursday, Nov. 3rd
7 o’clock PM
St. Francis of Assisi “biography” take-3.
In order to secure a private room, we commit to a minimum $200 party tab. As such, we really must know ahead of time that folks can and will show up so no one person (Matthew G.) is stuck footing a giant bill. While our laissez-faire, cat-herding approach has worked pretty well over the years, we want to be sure our lovely, civilized group of characters continues to thrive and provide community, camaraderie, laughter, support and intellectual stimulation for years to come. Finding the right venue (food, ambiance, acoustics, flexibility of the staff/owner, etc.) is a big part of the success of our group!

For December, we will (at least begin?) GKC’s book about Charles Dickens:

Amazon here. or find the Free E-Book here.

Plotting our course; Rochester Conference and upcoming ACS agenda

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1. Having made it about as far as Chapter 4 in our September Meeting, and seeing as how many had not had a chance to read or acquire the book in time (sorry!), we will spend one more month (and our October meeting) on Chesterton’s St. Francis of Assisi “biography.”

2. Our November & December selection was decided upon: GK’s study of Charles Dickens, just in time for Christmas.

3. Mark your calendars for ROCHESTERTON! The 13th Annual (and rollicking) day conference put on by our friends of the Rochester Chesterton Society and the Basilian Fathers at St. John Fisher College. If you’ve never been to one of these, I highly recommend it.

September ACS Meeting: St. Francis of Assisi

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(I love this quote ^ because it is thoroughly and unabashedly ANTI-Gnostic… see below)

What: Chapters I-V of GKC’s biography of St. Francis

I.  The Problem of St. Francis

II.  The World St. Francis Found

III. Francis the Fighter

IV. Francis the Builder

V. Le Jongleur de Dieu

WhereSmith’s, as usual.

When: Thursday, September 1st at 7 o’clock PM

Why:  Because we need each other (and Chesterton helps)

Who: Anyone* who a) likes Chesterton, or b) likes people who like Chesterton, or c) likes St. Francis, or d) is simply curious about any of the aforementioned & not-mutually-exclusive groups of people.

*You need not read or complete the reading to attend and/or enjoy! (We only ask that you be a tolerant/tolerable/nebulously proverbial good person who can admit that YOU, yes – you, are what’s wrong with the world.)

August: A Swashbuckling Return (to ACS)


After a semi-hiaitus, the Albany Chesterton Society will reconvene this week:

When: Thursday, August 4th

: 7 o’clock in the evening at Smith’s in Cohoes (171 Remsen Street, public lot and on-street parking)

The Woman Who Was Chesterton (a biography of GK’s wife, Frances), & dinner & kindred company & manners & culture
Why: Because the world needs Chesterton and because WE need EACH OTHER ;)
Join us!

May Gathering


Join us for the May gathering of the Albany Chesterton Society.

We’ll meet on Thursday, May 5th, at 7 o’clock PM at Smith’s Restaurant in Cohoes.

On the agenda: Part IV, Chapter X (The Case for the Public Schools) to the end of What’s Wrong With the World.

Who / Why / What: The Albany Chesterton Society exists to give thinking, reading, common sense people a happy excuse to gather socially and discuss the writings of G.K. Chesterton – a brilliant and prolific writer from the turn of the century.  All are welcome!

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Marching Forward with What’s Wrong

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What’s Wrong With The World

Part IV ~ Education: Or the Mistake About The Child

Chapter IV ~ The Truth About Education

Chapter V ~ An Evil Cry

Chapter VI ~ Authority The Unavoidable

When: Thursday, March 3rd, 7 o’clock PM

Where: Smith’s of Cohoes

Why: Because there’s lots wrong with the world… and because we’re here… and because knowing what’s wrong helps us live in the world and try to fix what’s wrong… for ourselves and for the ones we love and for our neighbors.

Who: Anyone who wants to know what’s wrong with the world. Also, anyone who loves Chesterton (or Tolkein, or C.S. Lewis, or… books). Also, anyone who is seeking intellectual medicine and mirth. Also, anyone who enjoys civilized and good-humored company. Also, anyone who doesn’t know they want, need, or enjoy any of the above, but YOU know they need it and would benefit… yeah… bring them.