Walker Percy

Walker Percy truly deserves the title of “philosophical novelist.” Orphaned late in his childhood after his father committed suicide, Percy was raised by his Uncle, a stoic humanist. Percy’s writings, fiction and non-fiction, often treat themes relating to the banality of late twentieth century life.

We at the Center chose Percy for this series because of his radical transformation from modern secular philosophies to Christianity. Through Catholicism, Percy found the fulfillment and satisfaction of everyday life and work that had previously driven him toward depression. His conversion is a striking testament to the intellectual and redemptive attraction of Catholicism.