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Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Conference 2008

"The Splendor of the Church:
Reading Scripture from the Heart of the Church"

Workshop-Retreat for Clergy, June 16–20, 2008

 (Click Here for Schedule)

Priests, deacons and seminarians are invited to spend four days reflecting on “The Splendor of the Church,” with noted theologian Dr. Scott Hahn, June 16-20, 2008 on the grounds of St. Vincent Archabbey and Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hahn will be joined by other noted scholars, including Dr. Brant Pitre of Our Lady of Holy Cross College and Dr. John Bergsma of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Hahn will address the Church in the Pauline writings. Dr. Pitre will speak on the Church in the Synoptic Gospels. Dr. Bergsma will address the Church in the Johannine writings. 

The days will be fi lled with discovery, in a leisurely, but stimulating environment. It’s an opportunity for clergy to contemplate the Scriptures more deeply—for prayer, for preaching, and for understanding.

Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma, a Senior Fellow of The Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steuebenville.

Dr. Bergsma holds a B.A. in Classical Languages, an M.Div., and a Th.M. in Old Testament from Calvin College and Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology with a focus on Scripture (primarily Old Testament) at the University of Notre Dame.  A member of the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and the Catholic Biblical Association, he has published scholarly articles in Biblica, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Sacred Architecture, and the Calvin Theological Journal, in addition to presenting papers at the Midwest and Eastern Great Lakes regional SBL conferences.

Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn, Founder and Director

Best selling author Dr. Scott Hahn is the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at Saint Vincent Seminary. A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hahn served as a visiting professor at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2000. He has also served as a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1990. He is the founder and president of The Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. His latest book, is Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith (Doubleday, 2007). Previous works include Letter & Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy (2005); Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments, (Doubleday, 2004). Other books from Dr. Hahn include Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church (Emmaus Road, 2003); Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession (Doubleday, 2003); First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity (Doubleday, 2002); Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God (Doubleday, 2001); The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (1999); A Father Who Keeps His Promises (Servant Publications, 1997). In addition, he served as co- author (along with his wife, Kimberly) of Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1993).

Dr. Brant Pitre

Donum Dei Professor of Word and Sacrament at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, Dr. Pitre previously taught theology at Loyola Institute for Ministry at Loyola University of New Orleans. He is also a Senior Fellow of The Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He has a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame with a specialization in the study of the New Testament and Second Temple Judaism. He holds an M.T.S. degree in biblical studies and theology from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  His book is Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile.

 Full registration for the four-day event,
which includes meals and lodging, is $450.
Kathleen Pantalone at (724) 532-6600 for details. 

Seminarian scholarships are available.
Michel Therrien at 724-805-2818.

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Monday, June 16


   2:00-7:00pm - Registration opens

   5:00-6:00pm - Dinner

            7:45pm - Welcome Conference and Social


Tuesday-Thursday, June 17-19

    7:30-8:30am - Breakfast

             8:30am - Morning Prayer

    8:45-9:45am - Conference (Session I)

  9:45-10:15am - Coffee Break

10:15-11:15am - Conference (Session II)

           11:45am - Mass in the Archabbey Basilica

  12:45-1:30pm - Lunch and break

              3:00pm - Holy Hour (Scripture Reflection, Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction)

              5:00pm - Evening Prayer

              5:30pm - Dinner

              7:15pm - Conference (Session III) | Social to Follow


Friday, June 20


              7:30am - Breakfast


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