Programme series

Lecture and Concert Series form a stable core of Dominikánská 8. The second pillar of our activities are separate debate evenings, conferences and meetings.

Academic year 2013/14

Literature evenings

First Thursdays in the month are reserved for debating evenings over interesting and important editorial achievements and other present literary events. Action of the book is not confined to reading time only. A really good book should come in human life that is constantly changing by the book´s presence in it. The debates over the books should not be only their presentations but their dragging into our presence, public thinking about their importance and power of their unique mission they are bringing. Books affect society, create thinking, inspire individual, ask questions and sometimes provoke.

In our debate evenings, we want to enter with interesting guests into the multi-layered life of books and draw on their wealth.

Martin Bedrich will guide you in the literary evenings.

Autumn Term

  • Kroniká česká Václava Hájka z Libočan
    Thursday November 14th 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

  • Píseň písní
    Thursday December 5th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Dominican literary salon

Usually the second Wednesday of the month, you are invited to sit and think about the book from the Krystal OP Publishing House.
The book is as a person. Name and face give a hint many things, but the essential is to discover inside. In a confidential conversation with it we recognize its soul, but also our own soul. A good book is a mirror to us, makes us think about life, about the world, find our place in it. And also a reader is a mirror to book a and asks it: Have you shone a light on my path? Have you revealed me unsuspected beauty and treasures? Have you pushed me forward?

Krystal OP Publishing House is trying to publish good books. But what do you – readers think of it? Become extended

„Editorial board“ of your publishing house, help it to publish books that you would like to read. Come to share your experiences from reading.
Dominican literary salon is an evening club of the readers of the Krystal OP Publishing House. Everyone present is an active co-creator of the evening. Dominican Brother is not the lecturer, but he only hosts the debate.
During each Dominican literary salon there will be possibility to purchase a book for the next evening at a significant discount.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. in reading room of the Convent. Entrance from Jilská 7a (through Baroque Refectory to the first floor of the Monastery).

Autumn Term

  • Láska a ticho
    Wednesday September 11th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Nové víno dominikánské spirituality
    Wednesday October 9th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Stavy lidstva a svatosti
    Wednesday December 11th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Kázání na píseň Písní sv. Bernarda z Clairvaux
    Wednesday January 8th 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Music evenings

Every second Thursday of the month is dedicated to Baroque concertos in the beautiful space of the baroque refectory.Spiritual themes inspired composers in the past and just impress on contemporary artists.

In these evenings, you will be accompanied by Alena Honigova and brothers Dominicans Antonín Krasucki OP and Błażej Matusiak OP

Autumn Term

  • Tribute to J. K. Vaňhal
    Thursday September 12th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Johannes Gebauer, Irina Alexandrowna – classicist violin
    Linda Mantcheva – violoncello
    Alena Hönigová – fortepiano

  • J.S. Bach: Flute Sonatas
    Thursday October 10th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Philippe Bernold, Jan Ostrý – flutes
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord
    Libor Mašek – violoncello

  • Carlo Donato Cossoni (1623 –1700) – Il sacrificio di Abramo
    Wednesday November 13th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Ensemble Kesselberg, Art. Director – Ilze Grudule

  • Saint Francis Dialogues – Della Ciaia, Marcorelli
    Thursday December 12th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

The Christian and Society

Third Thursdays of the month are reserved for the new cycle, which endeavours to open up our debates towards a society in which we live as Christians.

Many people perceive politics very negatively. Politics became a synonym for unscrupulous struggle for power and profitable place. This pessimistic view is in stark contrast with the classical philosophy of politics as a noble mission and a service of the common good of the community.

Whatever the reality of political life may be, no society can exist without authority. Where it comes to the common good, Christians can not stand aside. The aim of our debates is therefore critically reflect on the relation of Christians to society and politics. We would like to think about overall conception of Society and Politics. But also about particular place and the importance and contribution of Christians and of the Church in social and political life.

We would like also to create a space for sharing experiences of Christians who are actively involved in Politics. How are they managing to preserve ideals with which they entered politics? How are they managing to keep their conscience in the political life and to follow the social doctrine of the Church?

Autumn Term

  • Defence of Politics
    Thursday October 17th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Christian in Politics
    Thursday November 21st 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Václav Havel: problematic political legacy
    Thursday December 19th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Discourses at Dominicans

The theology accessible and without prejudice.

Thread of European civilization in its two thousand year history is spun on the warp of Christian faith and theology. Nevertheless, it was never a simple process that unfolded according to a given scenario. Christians never understood their faith as a purely private matter. They always saw the need to confront their belief with the realities of the world and society of which they are part. Theology wants to show that the religious faith and an exact science are not in contradiction. Each of the approaches chooses a different path, but both point to one truth.

In times of profound changes, which mankind passes through, we are to introduce basic themes which theology is concerned with, and that are crucial for understanding of our civilization. Discourses at Dominicans are designed for those who wish to gain a solid knowledge.

Usually the fourth Thursday of the month we will focus on selected topics from the Bible and oldest tradition and alsoon current challenges posed by our time.

Dominican brothers and their friends are preparing these evenings for you.

Autumn Term

  • The Gateway: Baptism
    Thursday October 24th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • The Source of Unity: Eucharist
    Thursday November 28th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Academic year 2012/13

Literature evenings

First Thursdays in the month are reserved for debating evenings over interesting and important editorial achievements and other present literary events. Action of the book is not confined to reading time only. A really good book should come in human life that is constantly changing by the book´s presence in it. The debates over the books should not be only their presentations but their dragging into our presence, public thinking about their importance and power of their unique mission they are bringing. Books affect society, create thinking, inspire individual, ask questions and sometimes provoke.

In our debate evenings, we want to enter with interesting guests into the multi-layered life of books and draw on their wealth.

Martin Bedrich will guide you in the literary evenings.

Spring Term

  • Plamen živě dýchá
    Prudentius nad antique christian Literature
    Martin C. Putna and other guests
    Thursday March 7th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Domov v bibli
    Roman Brandstaedter: Jesus from Nazareth and Poetry
    S.M. Terezie Eisnerová OP and other guests
    Thursday April 4th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Francie v Čechách
    French authors and their impact in Czech milieu
    Denis Dupont-Fauville, Gemma Serrano, Antoine Guggenheim, Robert Krumphanzl and other guests
    Thursday May 2nd 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Autumn Term

  • Pán prstenů a další
    English christian literature: J. R. R. TOLKIEN a C. S. LEWIS
    Literature evening with Daniel Soukup
    Thursday October 4th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jako bychom dnes zemřít měli
    Priesthood of Josef Toufar as a sign of the times
    Literature evening with Miloš Doležal
    Thursday December 6th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Organized in cooperation with Centrum teologie a umění (ctu-uk.cz).

Music evenings

Every second Thursday of the month is dedicated to Baroque concertos in the beautiful space of the baroque refectory.Spiritual themes inspired composers in the past and just impress on contemporary artists.

In these evenings, you will be accompanied by Alena Honigova and brothers Dominicans Antonín Krasucki OP and BłażejMatusiak OP.

Spring Term

  • Leopold Mozart: Sledding music
    Thursday January 10th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Markéta Cukrová – mezzo-soprano
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

  • Isabella Leonarda (1620 – 1704): La Musa novarese
    Thursday February 14th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Magdaléna Malá – baroque violin
    Richard Šeda – cornetto
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

  • The Seven Last Words
    The original version of Joseph Haydns oratorio for solo harpsichord
    Thursday March 14th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

  • Fiori musicali
    ..or musical language of flowers by Pietro Matthioli (C. Monteverdi, V. Galilei ad.)
    Thursday April 11th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    In cordis Ensemble

  • Cantabo Domino
    Concerti ecclesiastici by Ludovico Viadana (1602)
    Thursday May 9th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Giovanna Urrutia – soprano
    Sebastian Len – tenor
    Oren Kirschenbaum – organ positive

  • G. P. Telemann (1681–1767): Harmonic year
    Thursday June 13th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Gabriela Eibenová – soprano
    Ensemble Sporck
    Art. Director – Lukáš Vytlačil

Autumn Term

  • Sprezzatura
    Early baroque music
    Thursday September 13th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Richard Šeda – cornetto, cornetto muto, flute
    Kateřina Ghannudi – baroque harp
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

  • Argentine mysteries
    Jesuit baroque in South America
    Thursday October 11th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Barbara Kusa – soprano
    Federico Yacubson – viola da gamba
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

  • Labyrinth and Paradise
    Dialogs of viola da gamba and lute – French baroque Music
    Thursday November 8th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Ulrik Gaston Larsen – lute
    Marie Larsen – viola da gamba

  • Eyes of my soul
    Cantatas by G. F. Händel and J. S. Bach
    Thursday December 13th at 7:30 p.m.
    Pavla Čichoňová – soprano
    Alena Hönigová – harpsichord

Entrance fee: 230 Kč/120 Kč

Organized in cooperation with Spolek pro zvelebení staré hudby v Čechách.

The Challenges of Historical Memory

The historical memory of the Czech Church faces major challenges: not only challenges of the leading figures of the twentieth century but also of challenges of its position in contemporary Czech society.

Great personalities went down into the memory of Czech Church in different ways: Some of them soon became famous, others almost fell into oblivion.

The third Thursdays of the month take us to recent history of the Czech land. There are still the same problems that arise for centuries: they wine like a red thread the whole history of the Church, while always present in new perspectives. Whether it is a Christian culture, religious state or church property. They always attract criticism and confrontation.

The third Thursdays of the month take us to recent history of the Czech lands.

Organized by Jaroslav Šebek and Jan Stříbrný in cooperation with s fr. Ludvík Grundman OP.

Spring Term

  • Abbot "hooligan“
    100.th birth anniversary of Anastáz Opasek
    Thursday February 21st 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Prokop Siostrzonek OSB, Jaroslav Šebek, excerpts from Opasek´s Poetry

  • „Nad Tatrou se blýská …“
    Catholic Church in Slovakia in 1939–2013
    Thursday March 21st 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    František Mikloško, Róbert Letz, Hilár Štefurik OP, in cooperation with Slovenský inštitút v Praze

  • Pleasure „to be the Church“
    100.th birth anniversary of Josefa Zvěřina
    Thursday April 18th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Mireia Ryšková, Vojtěch Novotný, Marie Rút Křížková, Jan Stříbrný

  • Missionaries?
    „Second life“ of saints Cyril and Methodius
    Thursday April 23rd 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Jiří Hanuš, Tomáš Petráček, Jaroslav Šebek

Autumn Term
  • Czech Theology of the Church
    Silvestr Braito – Dominican, theologian
    Thursday September 20th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Dominik Duka OP, Ondřej Salvet, Vojtěch Novotný

  • Phenomenon Vatican
    The secrets of the smallest state
    Thursday October 18th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Jaroslav Šebek, Damián Němec OP, Pavel Vošalík

  • Poor Church?
    The ideal of poverty – justice – passion – historical memory
    Thursday November 15th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Jaroslav Šebek, Karel Štícha, Petr Gazdík

  • Culture of hope
    Christian literature in time of National socialism and Communism
    Thursday December 20th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Jaroslav Med, Miloš Doležal, Jana Franková (recitation)

Organized in cooperation with Historický ústav AV ČR and Česká křesťanská akademie.

Discourses at Dominicans

The theology accessible and without prejudice.

Thread of European civilization in its two thousand year history is spun on the warp of Christian faith and theology. Nevertheless, it was never a simple process that unfolded according to a given scenario. Christians never understood their faith as a purely private matter. They always saw the need to confront their belief with the realities of the world and society of which they are part. Theology wants to show that the religious faith and an exact science are not in contradiction. Each of the approaches chooses a different path, but both point to one truth.

In times of profound changes, which mankind passes through, we are to introduce basic themes which theology is concerned with, and that are crucial for understanding of our civilization. Discourses at Dominicans are designed for those who wish to gain a solid knowledge.

Usually the fourth Thursday of the month we will focus on selected topics from the Bible and oldest tradition and alsoon current challenges posed by our time.

Spring Term

  • Redemption and salvation
    Thursday February 28th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Antonín Krasucki OP, David Vopřada, Benedikt Mohelník OP, Tomáš Němeček, Ludvík Grundman OP (presenter)

  • Why the Church?
    Thursday April 25th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Ludvík Grundman OP, David Vopřada, Martin Komárek, Benedikt Mohelník OP (presenter)

  • Divorce with marriage!
    Thursday May 30th 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Antonín Krasucki OP, Damián Němec OP, husband and wife Staněk, Ludvík Grundman OP (presenter)

Autumn Term

  • Dogmas and question of belief
    Thursday October 25th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Antonín Krasucki OP, David Vopřada, Pavel Fischer, Benedikt Mohelník OP (presenter)

  • Lets talk! – God says
    Thursday November 22nd 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Antonín Krasucki OP, Tomáš Petráček, Martin Komárek, Ludvík Grundman OP (presenter)

  • Expedition Exodus
    Thursday November 29th 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Riccardo Lufrani OP – Jerusalem Biblical School, Benedikt Mohelník OP (presenter)

More information in section Events of this website.

You can rent the Baroque Refectory also for your event: www.refektar.cz.

Academic year 2011/12

In the academic year 2011/12 under the heading of Dominikanska 8 take place several lecture and cultural series which create the stable core of our activities. Another pillar of activities of Dominikanska 8 are individual debate evenings, conferences and meetings.

Literature evenings

First Thursdays in the month are reserved for debating evenings over interesting and important editorial achievements and other present literary events. Action of the book is not confined to reading time only. A really good book should come in human life that is constantly changing by the book´s presence in it. The debates over the books should not be only their presentations but their dragging into our presence, public thinking about their importance and power of their unique mission they are bringing. Books affect society, create thinking, inspire individual, ask questions and sometimes provoke. In our debate evenings, we want to enter with interesting guests into the multi-layered life of books and draw on their wealth.

Martin Bedrich will guide you in the literary evenings.

Music evenings

Every second Thursday of the month, the beautiful space of the refectory of the Dominican monastery of St. Jilji will sound with Baroque music. On the programme are remarkable sacred works of Baroque composers accompanied by word and image. It is so long ago since they were written but they have inside them much of what appeals to us today. Listen to the speech of historical instruments in hands of some excellent performers.

In these evenings, you will be accompanied by Alena Honigova and brothers Dominicans Pio Olah and Cyprian Suchanek.

The dates in the Autumn term: September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8.

Milestones in the history of the Order in Central Europe

Third Wednesday in the month, lecture series devoted to selected key phases of religious life in the Czech lands and wider Europe take place. The themes were selected with the effort to possibly cover equally the whole period from the 9th century until the 19th. The opening lectures note the key role of Benedictines and later also other orders in the long-term inclusion of Europe into the Western Christian circle, which was in the peripheral areas completed only during the 14th century. It will be followed by focus on the first extensive secularisation wave which befell the Czech lands in the time of Hussite storms, and on the evidence of again-increasing social role of the orders in the post-Trident period. The concluding lectures feature the causes and consequences of enlightenment secularisations and manifestations of repeated consolidation of order life in Czech lands in the second half of the 19th century.

The lectures are divided into Part I – Middle Ages (winter term) and Part II – Modern Age (summer term). The lecturer will be Mgr. Dusan Foltyn and his guests. The cycle is organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Education of the Charles University in Prague and the Centre for Medieval Studies by the Academy of Sciences of CR.

Dates of lectures in the summer term: February 15, March 14 and April 18 2012, always from 4.15 to 5.45pm

Stories of Christianity in the Czech lands in the 20th century

The fourth Thursday of the month takes us to recent history of the Czech land. Because of the ideological pressure, the research into church and spiritual history of the 20th century was blocked for the entire period of 40 years of the communistic regime. Although it has been more than twenty years since the change in political conditions in the „year of miracles“, 1989, there is still noticeably lacking complex processing of modern church history in the Czech lands, which would undoubtedly contribute to answering the questions that are not only research of the past, but also views of the state of relations of church, state and society in post-communist period. Many current issues have their roots in the historical development of past decades, maybe even centuries. The issues of the modern church history contain themselves also many possible interpretations and views which can contribute also to widening of our knowledge about more general circumstances of the historical development of the Czech lands in the European context.

The topic of the individual evenings will be the key moments from the modern history between the years 1918 – 1989 and they will also be thinking about the issues connected with the relation between the spiritual and national identity or with specific creation of the priestly identity in this stormy century. The lectures are intended both for university students from individual faculties as supplement of their study programmes and for the wide public who would like to expand their horizon of knowledge. The lecturers are Dr. Jiri Stribrny, Assoc. Jaroslav Sebek and their guests. The series is organized in cooperation with the Theological Faculty of the Charles University in Prague, the Institute of History of the Academy of Science of the CR and the Czech Christian Academy.

Dates of lectures in the summer term: January 26, February 23, March 22, April 26, May 24 2012; always from 7.30pm