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Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Increasing in Knowledge to Lead in Faith

July 22 - 24, 2015



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.

2015 Conference Theme:

The Joy of the Gospel: Paul's Letter to the Philippians

"Rejoice in the Lord Always... What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do!."  Phil 4:4,9

We may enjoy delving into Scripture, but God desires that the word of God dwells richly in us.  Come and gain a deeper understanding of prayer and Scripture.

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. Beginning at 2:00p.m. on July 21st you can experience either Genesis to Jesus, The Bible and the Mass, or The Bible and Prayer, and leave with all the materials to present the study yourself.

For more information on Journey Through Scripture, click here


Conference Information


Held on the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH

Time: Sessions begin on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. and conclude on Friday, July 24 by 12:30 p.m. (includes closing Mass)

Registration Cost:
Early Bird: $120 per person (by April 17th)
Regular: $145 per person
Priests: free registration (housing and meal plan charges still apply) Religious, or those 18-30 years old: $70 per person
Meal Plan: $63 per person (includes 6 meals, beginning with dinner on 7/22)
Housing (7/22 & 7/23): $90 per person (for shared room with A/C); $70 per person (for shared room without A/C); $100 per person (for private room without A/C)

Journey Through Scripture
Registration Cost: $90 per person
Meal Plan: $32 per person (includes 3 meals – dinner 7/21 through lunch 7/22)
Housing (7/21 only): $45 per person (for shared room with A/C); $35 per person (for shared room without A/C); $35 per person (for private room without A/C, if also reserving private room for Applied Biblical Studies Conference)

Registration Information: Registration opens January 19, 2015

For more information, please call us 1-800-437-8368

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2015 Ministry Team

Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is the author or editor of over 40 books; his most recent titles are 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 11 grandchildren. 

Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, DD, JCL

The Most Reverend Gainer was appointed bishop of Harrisburg by his Holiness Pope Francis on January 24, 2014. He studied at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, graduated summa cum laude with a licentiate degree in canon law, and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Allentown on May 19, 1973. Bishop Gainer has served in parish, campus ministry, marriage and family, and tribunal positions. During his priesthood, he served as secretary of Catholic Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Allentown where he supervised 14 diocesan offices promoting the works of spiritual renewal and evangelization. Currently, he serves on the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education and the Committee for Canonical Affairs and Church Governance.

Dr. Michael Barber

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 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). 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 both the Applied Biblical Studies Conference and the Journey Through Scripture Conference. 

Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma is an associate professor of theology at Franciscan University who 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 Bible Basics for Catholics from Ave Maria Press. 

Rob Corzine

Rob Corzine is Vice President of Programs for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 1994 he was received into the Catholic Church and has since held a variety of teaching and advocacy positions for Catholic apostolates, serving as an information officer for Catholics United for the Faith, a producer and host of a weekly Catholic radio program of apologetics and evangelization, and a teacher of Church history. He also spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for faith-based and family-policy organizations training activists, teaching undergraduates, and organizing networks of public-interest lawyers, scholars, and analysts. Corzine is the host of EWTN’s Genesis to Jesus. He holds a degree in humanities and Catholic culture from Franciscan University.

David Currie (JTS)

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 book Rapture: The End-Times Error That Leaves the Bible Behind meticulously lays out a clear and comprehensive Catholic alternative regarding the end times. His most recent book is What Jesus REALLY Said About the End of the World. 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 10 grandchildren. 

Dr. Lawrence Feingold

Dr. Lawrence Feingold converted to Catholicism in 1989 together with his wife and infant son while he was a realist marble sculptor in Italy. In 1999 he received a doctorate in dogmatic theology, with a dissertation titled “The Natural Desire to See God According to St. Thomas Aquinas and His Interpreters.” He was assistant professor of theology at Ave Maria University’s Institute for Pastoral Theology until 2012 and is now associate professor of theology and philosophy at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. His books include The Mystery of Israel and the Church in three volumes: Figure and Fulfillment, Things New and Old, and The Messianic Kingdom of Israel

Father Pablo Gadenz

Father Pablo Gadenz, ordained 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 working on a commentary on the Gospel of Luke for the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series. 

Kimberly Hahn

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 11 grandchildren. She will also be presenting at Journey Through Scripture and the Defending the Faith Conference. 

Matthew Leonard

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. 

Dr. Taylor Marshall

Dr. Taylor Marshall is a former Episcopalian priest and the president of the New Saint Thomas Institute, an initiative offering theology classes to over 1,100 students in 24 nations. He is the author of The Crucified Rabbi, The Catholic Perspective on Paul, The Eternal City, Thomas Aquinas in 50 Pages, and Saint Augustine in 50 Pages. He appears regularly on Catholic Answers, EWTN, and Relevant Radio. He also has a highly rated podcast, The Taylor Marshall Catholic Show. He and his wife, Joy, have seven children, four boys and three girls, and make their home in Dallas. 

Curtis Mitch

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 both Journey Through Scripture and the Applied Biblical Studies Conference. 

Dr. Jeffrey Morrow

Dr. Jeff Morrow was raised nominally Jewish. In 1997, he became an evangelical Protestant and then entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil of 1999. Dr. Morrow is an associate professor at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. He earned his PhD in theology from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and he serves as a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Dr. Morrow has published more than 30 articles in popular and scholarly venues including This Rock, The Catholic Answer, Letter & Spirit, and International Journal of Systematic Theology. He resides in northern New Jersey with his wife, Maria, and their five young children.

Dr. Brant Pitre

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. 

Dr. Ted Sri

Dr. Ted Sri is a theologian, author, and nationally known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. The author of several Catholic best-selling books, he is the host of a new 20-part video series on the Catholic faith called Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained (Augustine Institute) and is the program director for a new marriage preparation and enrichment program called Beloved: Finding Happiness in Marriage (Augustine Institute).  He serves as professor of theology and vice president of Mission and Outreach 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 seven children in Littleton, Colorado.

Joan Watson (JTS)

Joan Watson is the director of Adult Formation for the Diocese of Nashville. In addition to her work for the diocese, Joan is a popular speaker who has addressed a wide variety of audiences, from local parishioners to members of the Roman Curia.  Joan previously worked as the assistant director of Catechetics at Aquinas College and with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Christendom College and her master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University.  She is currently a member of the National Advisory Council for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 

Bob Rice- Worship Leader

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. His latest CD, Mercifulove: Best of Bob Rice 2006-2015 celebrates a decade of his original music. Bob teaches at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where he lives with his, wife, Jennifer, and their seven children. 

   Dr. Scott Hahn
   Jul 25, 2014
   Father Charles Samson
   Jul 25, 2014
   Father Nathan Malavolti
   Jul 25, 2014
   Kimberly Hahn
   Jul 25, 2014
   Dr. Michael Barber
   Jul 25, 2014
   Jeff Cavins
   Jul 25, 2014
   Dr. Michael Barber
   Jul 25, 2014
   Dr. Brant Pitre
   Jul 25, 2014
   Dr. John Bergsma
   Jul 25, 2014
   Archbishop Prendergast
   Jul 25, 2014