Dostoevsky in a year

"Verily, verily, I say unto you except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit"

What is Dostoevsky in a year?

Classical education isn't just for our Holy Child Catholic School Students! Anyone who wishes to participate in the Catholic Intellectual tradition, no matter your background, is invited to join Principle Martinez in a year-long journey with The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. When you join through the membership form on this page, you will receive access for your whole family to monthly video lectures, in-person discussion groups, a private Facebook group, guided journal questions and more to help you interact with the novel on a higher level.

Why read The Brothers Karamazov? Why is it considered the greatest novel of all time? Why should we read it today?

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky had many of the same concerns we have today.

  • A murder mystery, but not just any murder mystery

  • It is about the loss of fatherhood and family

  • Remove all authority- we are all our own masters

  • The rise of Socialism and Communism as a false answer to our suffering

  • The three brothers are aspects of ourselves-each of them lives in all of us

  • Alyosha represents the East and her love for Christ

  • Dmitri represents the flesh and its need for purification

  • And Ivan represents the West and its refusal to allow mystery and cling to Science, data and rationalism as an answer for everything

  • Each brother has a descent and an ascent

  • Must we deserve love in order to receive it?

  • Dostoevsky’s answer? Preserving sacred memory is the best way to educate and save civilization.

Which edition of the book will we be reading?

Constance Garnett is the best translator for English speakers who encounter the novel for the first time, however you may read any translation you prefer. Click here to purchase our recommended translation.

Prefer to listen? You can download the audio version of this book at:

How do I sign up!?

The cost of membership for this year with Dostoevsky is a donation of $50 to Holy Child Catholic School. However, we want to make this opportunity accessible to everyone, so please donate whatever you can afford to Holy Child Catholic School using the form below.

To be fully registered, fill out the following form using the e-mail address to which you'd like to receive the book study communications, private video/podcast links, study materials, and discussion invitations. If you are not automatically redirected to the member's corner after purchase, please email

HCCS Alumni receive free access! Please e-mail to register!

The Brothers Karamazov

Before you go...

The more people who join us for this delightful opportunity, the more fruitful the discussion will be! Please consider sharing the invitation video at the top of this page to your social media or with those you think would love to join us.

​"The silence of the earth seemed to melt into the silence of the heavens. The mystery of earth was one with the mystery of the stars...."

Enjoy these sneak peeks into the video lectures!

Doctors of the Church

Holy Child Catholic School is committed to preserving our Catholic intellectual tradition. This is why each of our classrooms is named after a Doctor of the Church.

At the bottom of each page of this website, you will see a photo of a Doctor of the Church and the classroom that honors that particular doctor.