|Mount Aloysius College Announces Summer Scripture Institute 2013||05/20/2013|
Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College announces the Summer Scripture Institute for 2013. This year’s event will focus on the “Acts of the Apostles – the Who and the How.” Dates for the Mount Aloysius College Summer Scripture Institute for 2013 are, Tuesday, June 25th through Friday, June 28th. Participants will enjoy stimulating discussions and in-depth presentations from scriptural experts Dr. Marie Noel Keller, RSM and Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston. The Institute is designed for clergy, pastors and church leaders.
Marie Noel Keller, RSM is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She serves as Executive Director of the Institute on Sacred Scripture at Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa. Sister Keller earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Misericordia University and her Master of Arts degree in Theology from Manhattan College and Biblical Studies from the Catholic Theological Union. She completed a Masters and Doctorate of Theology in New Testament and Early Christian Origins at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
Sister Keller is a local coordinator of Mercy Association for the Mid-Atlantic Community.. She regularly conducts adult teaching seminars, scholarly trips abroad, leads discussions and conducts retreats on biblical topics throughout the United Sates. Sister Keller is the author of several articles and her book, entitled “Pricilla and Aquila,” was recently published by Liturgical Press.
Dr. Bonnie Bowman Thurston taught at Bethany College, Wheeling Jesuit University and held the William F. Orr Chair in New Testament at the Pittsburg Theological Seminary. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Bethany College and her Master of Arts degree and her doctorate at the University of Virginia. She completed post-doctoral work in New Testament Studies at Harvard University, Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany and the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. She was ordained in 1984 by the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.
Dr. Thurston wrote or edited 17 theological books and numerous scholarly articles. Her interests include the Gospel of Mark, Paul’s later letters, and Christian spirituality. A spiritual director and retreat speaker, she has written three books of poetry and is an expert on Thomas Merton. Among her publications are: Women in the New Testament; Philippians; Religious Vows, The Sermon on the Mount, Christian Living; The Spiritual Landscape of Mark; For God Alone: A Primer of Prayer; and Belonging to Borders: A Sojourn in the Celtic Traditions.
On Tuesday, June 25th, registration is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. An opening session will take place at 4:30 p.m., including a Welcome, Introductions and an Overview of the Institute. The Evening prayer at 5:15 p.m. will precede dinner at 5:30 p.m. The evening public presentation “Saint Luke, His Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles,” and “How Luke 1:4 and Acts 1:8 Drives the Book” are open to the public free of charge.
Wednesday, June 26th begins at 9:00 a.m. with a morning session entitled, “Overview of the Jerusalem Church’s Practice.” That first session ends at 11:30 p.m. The afternoon session begins at 1:00 p.m., entitled “Peter, Paul and Some Women in Acts.” After the afternoon session there is free time scheduled prior to Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th at 9:00 a.m., the morning session’s topic will be, “Peter, Paul and Some Women in Acts.” This session concludes at 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session begins at 1:00 p.m. and will be entitled, “The Jerusalem Church: Teaching and Table.” That session concludes at 2:30 p.m. There will be free time scheduled from 2:30 p.m. until Evening Prayer at 5:15 p.m. An Evening Social begins at 7:00 p.m.
On Friday, June 28th, the session entitled, “Discernment in the Jerusalem Church,” will be offered at 9:00 a.m., concluding at 10:00 a.m. “Peter, Paul and Some Women in Acts.” is again scheduled from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. The Closing Session, will take place at 11:00 a.m. This session will include question-and-answer opportunities and discussion.
The Mount Aloysius College 2013 Summer Scripture Institute will end with a Closing Ritual and lunch with departure schedule for 1:00 p.m., Friday June 28th.
On-site accommodations are available for participants. Dining for the Institute begins with breakfast each day at 8:00 a.m. Lunch is served at Noon and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The registration fee for resident attendees is $300 and includes room and board for three nights. The commuter fee is $235 and includes conference materials and all meals for three days.
Anyone wishing to participate, or needing additional information about the Mount Aloysius Summer Scripture Institute should contact Sr. Burns at (814)886-6510 or email her at email@example.com. Online registration is available at http://www.mtaloy.edu/gospel.