Skip to comments.Newman Bookstore closing; longtime intellectual Catholic hub in District
Posted on 04/07/2013 7:03:03 AM PDT by markomalley
The Northeast Washington neighborhood of Brookland was long ago nicknamed Little Rome, its skyline defined by the dramatic Basilica of the National Shrine and its few main streets by Catholic University, the headquarters of the Catholic bishops and various seminaries. This is a place where you might spot priests in collars on a grassy field cheering on a team of nuns playing softball.
But in a city booming with new condos and cafes, the grassy fields are disappearing. And in a nation where the number of men and women becoming priests and nuns is plummeting, there are far fewer clergy to be seen around Brookland.
And now one of Little Romes intellectual hubs is about to disappear, too.
Newman Bookstore, where top cardinals in town from the Vatican have brushed elbows with young seminarians and urbane laypeople since the store opened in 1955, is closing up shop in May.
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For those of you in the DC/MD/VA area, I would suggest going while you still can. The Newman Bookstore was, by far, the finest Catholic bookstore I have ever seen anyplace in the country.
I didn't go there all the time, but when I needed to find a Catholic book...particularly an obscure one...that was the place to go.
This is an unmitigated tragedy.
I hope they find someplace else to hang their shingle. There's not enough room at the Paulist Bookstore in Old Town Alexandria...and the bookstore in the Shrine markets to a far more mainstream audience (they couldn't sustain the wide variety of books that the Newman could).
I do live in Maryland and never shopped here, but as a Catholic, I do find it sad. Luckily Amazon has all the books that sell in the shop and more. Book stores are only going to close as more people not only purchase NOOKS and other e-books, but Amazon is using Capitalism to win the book and video “wars”.
This makes me feel sad.
The problem is that if you are looking for something but are not sure the exact title, the ability to browse is irreplaceable. In the past, I have endeavored to take up the subject of Patristics some because what I've read online by the Fathers was fascinating. But there is a very limited quantity of texts available online. I, honestly, would have no idea what title to order from Amazon. But I found several titles that I have never heard of before by thumbing through the Newman Bookstore's stacks.
The same would apply to a person with an interest in Canon Law, Franciscan or Dominican spirituality, or anything else (in fact, a lot of times you have to be very CAREFUL with what you buy...or you'd end up accidentally buying something with the value of O'Brien's Catholicism [[barf]]...or worse).
That is true. I feel sad for you. However, I think I have a solution.
Basilica of the National Shrine Bookstore and Gift Shop
400 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC, 20017
Hours: Daily: Apr.-Nov., 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Nov.-Mar., 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years’ Day
Metro and Parking: Brookland/CUA (Red Line); free on-site parking.
I have been there and I think you will find everything you are looking for. I believe that this bookstore will be open for many years to come. Best of luck!
There are plenty of Catholic bookstores and publishers on the web that you can do business with while promoting capitalism. Instead you line the pockets of those doing the work of the prince of lies. Congratulations.
Not even close. The Shrine bookstore is a nice bookstore, don't get me wrong, but it is not even in the same league as the Newman Bookstore (in fact, a CUA STL student who was working at the Shrine bookstore turned me onto the Newman Bookstore several years ago).
Oh Lord. Really? You are supporting Homosexual junk everyday by just surviving in this hell hole. 90 percent of the business’ support Homosexual crap.
i was just thinking this morning about the piles of books I have and how no one, including me reads them anymore.
Bookstores are disappearing. The South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. used to have three but now has none. I used to have a big bookstore within walking distance, but the nearest one is now six miles away.
Replacing bookstores with online sellers such as Amazon and paper books with “e-books” may be hailed by some as “progress,” but to me, this is tragic. When shopping online, you can’t pick up the book and flip through it as you can in the bookstore. And reading “e-books” on the computer screen hurts my eyes.
Progress doesn’t always mean that things get better.
I think there is always an interest in browsing, and in actually being somewhere that has atmosphere. The Barnes and Noble near us always has a packed parking lot and a line at the register. It is an experience, not just an errand.
But I think it helps that there is not a lot of nightlife around here, and more of a family vibe in the community. So, coming over to the bookstore on a Friday night for story hour or, for the older kids, some midnight promotion, seems like a good way to spend an evening.
**number of men and women becoming priests and nuns is plummeting**
A half-truth by the author.
Seminaries are booming and more men are being ordained than ever before.
The religious consecration of women will catch up.
Thank you, Pope Benedict, for cleaning out the dissendent seminaries and convents. (They are still working on the convents, I believe.)
But doesn’t Amazon support Planned Parenthood?
I agree with your point of view on that. Speaking of general merchandise, support of the homosexual agenda is so pervasive it is becoming nearly impossible to buy or sell without dealing with them. If it’s not the retailer it’s their parent company or supplier. Yes, there are a still a few pure Catholic publishers out there but you can’t buy a car or milk from them.
I don’t know if you’re aware of paxbook.com, which is “the exclusive and authorized Internet distributor for publications of the Vatican Publishing House and many other Catholic institutes.” I know you won’t be able to browse like in a bookstore, and you’ll have to pay UPS charges, but it might have some of the more unusual books that you’re looking for. You can subscribe to their monthly newsletter to get updates on what’s new and what the bestsellers are (click on the “Helpdesk” link on the left-hand side and then “Newsletter Subscriptions and Notification Service...manage your Newsletter Subscription”).
BTW, when I ordered some books and UPS delivered them, I thought the driver was going to die when he glanced at the return address. I don’t remember exactly what it said, but he got the impression that it was directly from the Vatican and he was stunned (”It’s...it’s...it’s...FROM THE VATICAN!!!”)
....And Barnes and Noble too. I have done both the online and the bricks and motar buildings.
But doesnt Amazon support Planned Parenthood?
I don’t know but I think everyone either supports the evil abortion or the evil homosexuals. It is getting ugly.