CONFERENCE OVERVIEW

Mission

Increasing in Knowledge to Lead in Faith

A key part of the New Evangelization is the call for all Catholics to deepen their love for Sacred Scripture.   At the Applied Biblical Studies Conference you will receive personal formation on the Catholic understanding of Scripture as well as the practical training to effectively communicate these truths.  You will be instructed, encouraged and inspired by a team of world-class Biblical teachers in an environment that feeds and welcomes your love for Sacred Scripture and the Holy Catholic Church.  Come and you will grow in your knowledge of God’s word and be equipped to lead others to deeper faith.

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 2017 Conference Theme

The Book of Acts:

How the Holy Spirit Leads the Church Through Hard Times

“The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” – Acts 13:52

Since Her birth, the Church has experienced constant rejection and attack from the world. Today we see too many places where faith has grown cold and the forces of evil seem to be winning. But our God is victorious! The Holy Spirit desires to raise up holy men and women to witness to the joy of knowing Jesus and reveal the undying strength of His Holy Church. This summer, come be renewed in your love for Jesus, deepen your Catholic faith, and be prepared to be a living witness as we dive into the Book of Acts and discover anew the power sustained the Apostles during the founding of the Church and that is ours today through the Holy Spirit. Join an amazing team of ministers and teachers who will inspire and equip you to overcome and go forth in joy.

 2016 Conference Theme: St. Luke – The Gospel of Mercy

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”  Luke 6:36

From the Canticle of Mary to the redemption of the thief on the cross, the gospel of St. Luke reveals the depth of the Father’s mercy in a stunningly beautiful way.  Come and be overwhelmed by the love and mercy of God as you dive deep into St. Luke’s Gospel.  Join hundreds of Catholics from across North America for an experience that will transform your mind and heart.

Registration opens November 7, 2016!

2017 Pricing Information

Applied Biblical Studies Pricing

Price per person*: $135 (if registered by April 8th); $160 (if registered after April 8th); Priest registrations are free in gratitude for their willingness to hear confessions (meals plan and housing charges still apply); $85 for other clergy, religious and those 30 or younger

Lodging (July 26-27): $80 (for non-A/C unit); $100 (for shared A/C unit); $110 (for private, non-A/C unit)

Meal plan (includes 6 meals): $67 (begins with dinner on July 26th)

Journey Through Scripture

Enhance your experience by coming a day early for an intense day and a half long training in one of three Scripture studies from the St. Paul Center.

JTS 2017 Track Options:

Genesis to Jesus – to learn more, click here.
The Bible and Prayer – to learn more, click here.
The Bible and the Mass – to learn more, click here.

Journey Through Scripture 2017 Pricing

Track Fee: $95
3 Meal Plan: $34 (dinner July 25 through lunch July 26)
Housing for 7/25: Shared non-A/C $45; Shared A/C $55; Private non-A/C $45

2017 registration information coming soon!

*For those who need financial assistance for the summer adult conferences, the Christian Outreach Office has a limited number of tickets to offset registration, room and board. Interested parties, please click here.


2017 MINISTRY TEAM
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Dr. Scott Hahn, Host, is the author or editor of over 40 books; his most recent titles include Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Consuming the Word. He holds the Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is also the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Hahn graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with his master’s in divinity and received his PhD in theology from Marquette University. Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979. They live in Steubenville, Ohio, and have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. Dr. Hahn will be hosting and presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City since 2011, previously served as Bishop of Salina and as a priest in the Diocese of Wichita.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, studied at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, and earned his S.T.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  Archbishop Coakley recently served as Board Chair of Catholic Relief Services, and on the USCCB Administrative Committee, and has served on a variety of USCCB boards and committees.  He currently serves in leadership and advisory roles for the Institute of Priestly Formation, the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, Catholic Extension Society, Aquinas College, Augustine Institute, and the Pope Paul VI Institute.  Archbishop Coakley will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. Gary Anderson received his BA degree from Albion College (1977), his Masters of Divinity from Duke (1981), and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from Harvard (1985). He has taught at the University of Virginia, Harvard, and now the University of Notre Dame. Though raised a United Methodist, Gary became Catholic during his mid-thirties and – to his great happiness – his family followed suit. Gary has taught at Notre Dame since 2003 and he and his wife (Lisa) are fortunate to have both of their children (Matthew and Christopher) residing in South Bend with them. Currently Gary’s academic work is focused on the subjects of charity and the building of the Tabernacle in the book of Exodus.  He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. Michael Patrick Barber is professor of theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California. He has authored scholarly articles for academic journals such as Journal of Biblical Literature and Letter & Spirit as well as written popular level books on Scripture. Most recently, he contributed the Catholic perspective to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Zondervan Academic, 2014). Dr. Barber received a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds a BA in theology and philosophy from Azusa Pacific University and an MA from Franciscan University. Along with several co-contributors, Dr. Barber writes for the well-known Catholic Bible blog TheSacredPage.com. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Kimberly, and their four children. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. John Bergsma is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001 while pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, specializing in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. A frequent guest on Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show, Dr. Bergsma has appeared on EWTN’s The Journey Home and Life on the Rock, and speaks regularly at conferences and parishes nationwide. He and his wife Dawn reside with their eight children in Steubenville, Ohio. Dr. Bergsma will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, Seminarians Retreat and the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Jeff Cavins returned to the Catholic Church after serving as a Protestant minister for 12 years. He received his MA in theology from Franciscan University and then developed The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible, a Bible study program that enables students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. A former radio and television host, he’s a prolific author and the co-editor of the Amazing Grace series, which includes Amazing Grace for Those Who Suffer, Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart, and Amazing Grace for Married Couples. Jeff currently works as director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul and resides with his wife, Emily, and their three daughters in Minnesota. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Kimberly Hahn has been married to Scott since 1979 and became a Catholic during the Easter Vigil of 1990. She completed a book with Scott on their journey to the Catholic Church, titled Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. Kimberly’s other books include Life-Giving Love: Embracing God’s Beautiful Design for Marriage and the four-book and DVD series on Proverbs 31 that includes Chosen and Cherished, Graced and Gifted, Beloved and Blessed, and Legacy of Love. She holds an MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kimberly and Scott have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. She will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Mark Hart serves full time as executive vice president of Life Teen. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mark is a best-selling Catholic author and popular speaker. His weekly audio podcast Sunday, Sunday, Sunday (available through iTunes) is heard worldwide, and three DVD study series, Encounter, T3, and Altaration, are currently utilized by middle school and high school youth groups and in parochial classrooms across the country and beyond. Mark and his wife, Melanie, have three daughters, Hope, Faith, and Trinity, and one son, Josiah. They live in Phoenix, Arizona. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Rev. William S. Kurz, S.J. (Ph.D. Yale), has taught New Testament at Marquette University for over 40 years, winning a Marquette award for Teaching Excellence. He has been clergy consultant for the Marquette Institute for Natural Family Planning (NFP), and been heavily involved with the Family Life Council; Communio circle; and Fides (graduate students integrating faith with study). One sabbatical he taught at the Franciscan University, where he has also spoken at Steubenville Bible conferences. He wrote over 40 scholarly articles and ten books, including the more pastoral Reading the Bible as God’s Own Story and What Does the Bible Say about the End Times? His Paulist Press commentary on Acts of the Apostles is in press.  Father Kurz will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Matthew Leonard is an internationally known speaker, author, blogger, and executive director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country, appearing on SiriusXM, EWTN, CBS, and the Magnificat. He is the host of the Journey through Scripture video series and is a featured speaker by Lighthouse Catholic Media. Matthew holds a master’s in theology from Franciscan University. He is the author of two books, Louder than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic and Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality. Matthew lives in Ohio with his wife, Veronica, and their five children. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and for the Journey through Scripture studies.

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Curtis Mitch is a research writer for Ignatius Press and is currently producing annotations for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. He is also a trustee for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has co-authored a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (Baker Academic) as well as several book chapters in the Catholic for a Reason apologetics series (Emmaus Road). He earned a BA in religious studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Curtis resides with his wife, Stacy, and their nine children in Toronto, Ohio.  He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and for the Journey Through Scripture studies.

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Bob Rice, Worship Leader, desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his, wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. He will be leading worship at the Power and Purpose Conference; the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat; the Applied Biblical Studies Conference; the Defending the Faith Conference; and all Main Campus Youth Conferences. In addition, Bob is a presenter at the St. John Bosco Conference.


2016 MINISTRY TEAM
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Dr. Scott Hahn, Host, is the author or editor of over 40 books; his most recent titles are The Creed, Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Consuming the Word. He holds the Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is also the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Hahn graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with his master’s in divinity and received his PhD in theology from Marquette University. Dr. Hahn has been married to Kimberly since 1979. They live in Steubenville, Ohio, and have 6 children and 13 grandchildren.  He will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat, the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Bishop Michael Byrnes is an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He has served in a variety of capacities through 20 years of priesthood: parochial vicar, graduate student at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, vice rector and assistant professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and pastor of Presentation Our Lady of Victory Parish. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Dr. William Bales is an associate professor of sacred Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, where he has taught for the past 14 years. He holds a PhD from The Catholic University of America (concentration in New Testament) and an MA in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (concentration in Old Testament). A former Presbyterian pastor, he converted to the Catholic faith in 1990. After his conversion, Dr. Bales was active in teaching in the Arlington, Virginia, Diocese before serving at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. A regular speaker at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference, he has been active in adult education in his home parish in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Diocese. Dr. Bales and his wife have six children and six grandchildren. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. Michael Patrick Barber is professor of theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, California. He has authored scholarly articles for academic journals such as Journal of Biblical Literature and Letter & Spirit as well as written popular level books on Scripture. Most recently, he contributed the Catholic perspective to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Zondervan Academic, 2014). Dr. Barber received a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary and also holds a BA in theology and philosophy from Azusa Pacific University and an MA from Franciscan University. Along with several co-contributors, Dr. Barber writes for the well-known Catholic Bible blog TheSacredPage.com. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Kimberly, and their four children. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. John Bergsma is a professor of theology at Franciscan University and served as a Protestant pastor for four years before entering the Catholic Church in 2001. Dr. Bergsma holds a PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He speaks regularly at conferences and parishes nationwide and has appeared on EWTN’s The Journey Home and Life on the Rock, as well as Franciscan University Presents and Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show. He and his wife, Dawn, reside with their eight children in Steubenville. His new book is New Testament Basics for Catholics from Ave Maria Press. He will be presenting at the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat and the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Robert Corzine is vice president of Programs for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He was received into the Catholic Church in 1994 and has held teaching and advocacy positions for Catholic apostolates, including work as an apologist and catechetical writer for Catholics United for the Faith and as producer and host of a weekly Catholic radio program on apologetics and evangelization. Host of EWTN’s Genesis to Jesus with Dr. Scott Hahn, Rob holds a degree in humanities and Catholic culture from Franciscan University. After graduation, Rob spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for public policy think tanks and family-policy organizations to train activists, design instructional materials, and organize networks of public-interest lawyers, scholars, and policy analysts. He will be presenting at the Journey Through Scripture portion of the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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David Currie is a popular Catholic author and lecturer who earned his MA from Holy Apostles Seminary. His widely read book Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic tells the story of his conversion from fundamentalist missionary to Catholic apologist and has helped many others in their own reconciliation with the Church. His books Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind and What Jesus REALLY Said About the End of the World lay out a clear Catholic alternative regarding the end times. His most recent book is Loving Baby Louie, a story of hope in the midst of loss. David has been a frequent guest on both radio and television and lives with his wife, Colleen, in the Chicago area. They have 8 children and 12 grandchildren. He will be speaking at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Father Pablo Gadenzordained a priest in 1996 for the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, is associate professor of biblical studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. He received his licentiate in Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and his doctorate in biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. His published works include Called from the Jews and From the Gentiles: Pauline Ecclesiology in Romans 9-11. He is also the author of the forthcoming commentary The Gospel of Luke for the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Kimberly Hahn has been married to Scott since 1979 and became a Catholic during the Easter Vigil of 1990. She has completed a book with Scott on their journey to the Catholic Church, titled Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. Kimberly’s other books include Life-Giving Love: Embracing God’s Beautiful Design for Marriage and the four-book and DVD series on Proverbs 31 that includes Chosen and Cherished, Graced and Gifted, Beloved and Blessed, and Legacy of Love. She holds an MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kimberly and Scott have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. She will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Matthew Leonard is an internationally known speaker, author, filmmaker, and vice president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Matthew is a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country, appearing on SiriusXM, EWTN, CBS, and the Magnificat. He is the host of the Journey Through Scripture video series and is a featured speaker by Lighthouse Catholic Media. Matthew holds a master’s in theology from Franciscan University. He is the author of two books, Louder than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic and Prayer Works! Getting a Grip on Catholic Spirituality. Matthew lives in Ohio with his wife, Veronica, and their five children. He will be presenting at the Journey Through Scripture portion of the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Father Louis Merosne Father Louis Merosne is in love with Jesus and his Mother. Born in Haiti, he moved to Boston in 1993. He studied French, philosophy, and theology at Franciscan University from 2002 to 2007. Soon after completing his master’s in theology at Franciscan, he co-founded Haiti180 with Sean Forrest and team. Ordained in 2011, Father Louis now serves as a missionary priest in the Diocese of Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane in Haiti. The priesthood is to him a tremendous gift and the preaching of the good news of Jesus his duty and love. He will be presenting at the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Curtis Mitch is a research writer for Ignatius Press and is currently producing annotations for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. He is also a trustee for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has co-authored a commentary, The Gospel of Matthew (Baker Academic), as well as several book chapters in the Catholic for a Reason apologetics series (Emmaus Road). He earned a BA in religious studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Curtis resides with his wife, Stacy, and their nine children in Toronto, Ohio. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Dr. Brant Pitre is a professor of sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. An enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States, Dr. Pitre is the author of several books including Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile and Jesus the Bridegroom. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife, Elizabeth, and their five children. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.

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Bob Rice desires to share the love of God using every talent with which he has been blessed. He is an internationally known speaker, acclaimed musician, inspirational teacher, and innovative writer. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. He will be leading worship at the Power and Purpose Conference; the Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians Retreat; the Applied Biblical Studies Conference; the Defending the Faith Conference; and all Main Campus Youth Conferences. In addition, Bob will be presenting at the St. John Bosco Conference.

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Dr. Ted Sri is a theologian, author, and nationally known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. He is the author of several Catholic best-selling books, including A Biblical Walk Through the Mass and Walking with Mary. He is the host of the acclaimed film series, Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute), which is being used in over 5,000 parishes. He serves as professor of theology and vice president of Mission at the Augustine Institute in Denver. Dr. Sri is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children in Littleton, Colorado. He will be presenting at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Defending the Faith Conference.

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Dr. Robert Stackpole was an ordained Anglican pastor before becoming Catholic in 1994. In 1997, he began work as the research director, and later director, of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In that capacity, he has been a speaker at many conferences and the author and editor of numerous journal articles and books on the Divine Mercy message and devotion, including Divine Mercy, A Guide From Genesis To Benedict XVI (Marian Press, 2009). He also regularly contributes feature articles to the official Divine Mercy website. Dr. Stackpole holds a bachelor of arts in history from Williams College, a master of letters in theology from Oxford University, England, and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum).

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Dr. William Wright is an associate professor of theology at Duquesne University. He received his PhD in New Testament studies from Emory University. In addition to writing a number of scholarly articles, Dr. Wright is the author of Rhetoric and Theology: Figural Reading of John 9 and authored, with Father Francis Martin, the commentary The Gospel of John in the series The Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Dr. Wright was also appointed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue. He will be speaking at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference.


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