Papal Nuncio, Archbishops of Toronto, Madrid At New York Catholic Bible Summit June 17


Three prelates will address the eighth annual New York Catholic Bible Summit Saturday, June 17, at Cathedral High School in Manhattan.

Archbishop Christophe Louis Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States, will serve as principal celebrant and homilist of the bilingual opening Mass at 9:45 a.m. in the school gymnasium at 350 E. 56th St.

Keynote addresses will be delivered in English by Cardinal Thomas Collins, archbishop of Toronto, and in Spanish by Cardinal Carlos Osoro Sierra, archbishop of Madrid, Spain. Both are renowned Scripture scholars.

The conference is sponsored by the archdiocesan Catechetical Office and the American Bible Society, and the theme is “Missionary Disciples: Bringing God’s Word to the Entire World.”

Two special presentations are an introduction to the new Museum of the Bible, slated to open in November in Washington, D.C., and a brief address by Roy Peterson, president of the American Bible Society.

Scripture scholars offer workshops tracks in English and Spanish. Among the presentations are “Two Thousand Years of Christianity in Syria and Mesopotamia,” by Father Elias Mallon, S.A., of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association; “Challenges of Inter-Religious Communication: One Different Understanding of the Same World,” by Msgr. Robert L. Stern, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York; “Jesus Sent Out These Twelve After Instructing Them (Mt 10:5),” by Father Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., of St. John’s University in Queens; “A Ministry of Storytelling,” by Father Anthony Ciorra of Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Conn.; and “Reading and Living the Scriptures: Why It Matters Today,” by Catherine Cackie Upchurch of the Diocese of Little Rock, Ark.; and “La Misión en Las Ultimas Palabras de Jesús en El Evangelio de Mateo (The Mission in the Final Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew),” by Father Daniel Kerber of the Archdiocese of Montevideo, Uruguay.

Exhibitors from publishing companies will showcase their latest resources for Scripture study, both at home and in parish settings.

Cost: $25, box lunch included. Registration:


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