Mike Aquilina

Pack the Car! Join Us!

Tuesday October 16th 2007, 10:28 am

It’s not too late to act on impulse and take that long-deferred dream vacation to Pittsburgh. You’ll find every good reason to do it in the Letter & Spirit Conference, sponsored by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, which I serve as vice-president.

It all starts on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at St. Paul Seminary in Crafton, with a free public lecture by my friend Scott Hahn. Hahn will speak about the mysteries of the life of Christ.

The theme of the conference, “Jesus and the Mysteries,” is inspired by the recent book by Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth. Speakers include some of the country’s leading experts on the Church Fathers:

Dr. Scott Hahn, “What Do We Mean By Mysteries?”

Dr. R.R. Reno, “Sonship, Testing, and the Fear of the Lord”

Dr. Brant Pitre, “Jesus and the Mystery of the Temple”

Dr. Daniel Keating, “Baptism, Sonship and Salvation: Is Deification a Christian Doctrine?”

Father Robert Barron, “Banquet, Sacrifice, and Real Presence: A Biblical Perspective on the Eucharist”

Father Francis Martin, “Jesus and the Jewish Festivals” (the third annual Lawler Lecture)

Bishop David Zubik will celebrate Mass and deliver the homily on Oct. 27.

The cost is $79 ($35 for full-time students; free for seminarians). The price includes all meals and the new volume of Letter & Spirit, the Center’s academic journal. This issue includes new work by Cardinal Avery Dulles and Christoph Schonborn, Gary Anderson, Michael Waldstein, Romanus Cessario, and Scott Hahn. (I’ll post more on the journal throughout this week, highlighting its remarkable patristic content.)

Registration for the conference is required and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get your registration info online here. Or call the St. Paul Center: (740) 264-9535. Please spread the word to others who might be interested.