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"The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. ... For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.”             C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

The Legacy of C.S. Lewis 

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the New York C.S. Lewis Society

​October 18-20, 2019

at The Molloy Retreat House, Jamaica Estates, NY

20 minutes from JFK and LGA airports – accessible by subway – ample parking available (

PROGRAM Friday Evening– Supper – followed by a lecture by Prof. James Como, founding member of the NYCSLS and author of Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C. S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table and Other Reminiscences, Why I Believe in Narnia: 33 Reviews & Essays on the Life & Works of C.S. Lewis, and C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

Saturday All Day – Breakfast (7:30 a.m.) – Six breakout sessions – Lunch – Lecture by Abigail Santamaria, author of Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis – Concert, world premier composition by William Dawson to commemorate the 50th anniversary – Supper – Keynote address by Prof. Michael Ward, Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford and Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, and narrator of the BBC television documentary The Narnia Code – followed by the 50th Anniversary coffee and cake celebration.

Sunday – Breakfast – Religious Services – Lecture by Josiah Peterson, debate coach and adjunct instructor of rhetoric at The King’s College, NYC. In the Fall of 2017 he introduced a course entitled The Rhetoric of C.S. Lewis, which examines Lewis's role as one of the foremost Christian communicators in the 20th Century.

Entire weekend with accommodations: $325.00 ___

​​Saturday all day with meals: $200.00___ 

Friday p.m. lecture only: $25.00 ___

Sunday a.m. lecture only: $25.00 ___

​Traveling with a family member and prefer a double room? ___ | ​Send forms together (per person price is the same as above).

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By September 15, 2019 – Make check payable to The New York C.S. Lewis Society (write "50th Anniversary" on the memo line) – and send check and form to:
David Kornegay – PO Box 681 – New York, NY 10150 (Email:

For further information, email or write to: Clara Sarrocco – 8423 77th Ave. – Glendale, NY 11385
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