“The Heart of Friendship” Conference Video Collection


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“As human beings… we all need to be supported by one another, in order to travel along life’s path, to make our hopes realities, to overcome the difficulties, to enjoy the fruit of our labor. Hence the great importance, both humanly and supernaturally, of friendship.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

In this video collection of our 2020 Fall Conference, the St. Josemaria Institute welcomes Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. who examines the human and supernatural meaning of Christian friendship, especially in the teachings and lives of St. John Henry Newman and St. Josemaria Escriva. Both saints came to experience and understand how the friendship of Jesus Christ—in the gospel and in our lives—is the only secret to authentic and lasting human friendship. This important topic, therefore, will encourage us to reflect on the meaning of friendship in our lives and why friendship has always been the heart of the Christian faith.

    • First Presentation: Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. shares a brief overview of Christian friendship and examines St. John Henry Newman’s teaching on friendship as taking a genuine, personal interest in another.
    • Second Presentation: Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. examines St. Josemaria Escriva’s teaching on friendship as apostolate.
    • Q & A Session: Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. answers questions from conference participants.

Included with the video collection is a set of discussion questions and additional reading material to go deeper on the topic.


Father John Henry Hanson, O. Praem. is a Norbertine priest of St Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California. He entered the community in 1995, earned his STB and Masters in Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2006. Currently, he is a formator in his community’s seminary, preaches retreats, is chaplain to several communities of women religious, serves Armenian rite Catholics at the Cathedral of St Gregory the Illuminator in Glendale, California, a regular contributor to the St. Josemaria Institute, and is author of Praying from the Depths of the Psalms (Scepter Publishers 2019) and Home Again: A Prayerful Rediscovery of Your Catholic Faith (Scepter Publishers 2020). He and his community are cooperators of Opus Dei.