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Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Increasing in Knowledge to Lead in Faith

July 23 - 25, 2014


July 23 thru the 25, 2014
Applied Biblical Studies Conference in 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville, 43952, Ohio

This years conferences promise to be the best yet!

Select 'Conference Information' below to learn more,

Online registration is closed. Please call 740-283-6315 to register.



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.

2014 Conference Theme:

The Word of God and the Life of Prayer

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… persevere in prayer being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 3:16, 4:2

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 a intense day-long training in one of three different studies. (listed below)  For more information about the Journey Through Scriptrue Program,  click here.


Conference Information


Held on the campus of Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH


Conference begins Wednesday at 6:30 PM (Traveler’s Mass at 4:00 PM)

Conference ends Friday with the closing Mass to be concluded by noon

Registration: Early Bird $120 (by April 28th); Regular $145

Priests: Free (must pay housing and meals if desired)

18-30yr old/Religious: $70

Meal Plan: $61

Housing: A/C $90, non-A/C $70

Journey Through Scripture Track

Begins Tuesday at 2:00 PM and concludes with the start of the Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Studies offered this year:
Genesis to Jesus
The Bible and the Virgin Mary
The Bible and Prayer - New study this year!


Track Fee: $90

3 Meal Plan: $31

Housing for 7/22: A/C $45, non-A/C $35

Registration opens on January 13, 2014

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



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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is the author or editor of over forty books; his most recent titles are Evangelizing Catholics, Angels and Saints, and Consuming the Word. He holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he's 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 six children and are expecting their tenth grandchild.  Visit www.scotthahn.com

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast

Archbishop Terrence Prendergast entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1972. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Fordham University, master of divinity and doctor of theology degrees from Toronto School of Theology, and a licentiate in theology from Regis College. Archbishop Prendergast has taught at many schools in Canada and has served as executive secretary of the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of Canadian seminaries. Named titular bishop of Slebte and auxiliary bishop of Toronto in 1995, Archbishop Prendergast received episcopal ordination in St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto, in 1995. In 2002, he became apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Yarmouth. He was installed as archbishop of Ottawa in 2007.

Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is the author and editor of more than 40 books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has hosted many television series on EWTN, and he was a regular panelist on Catholic Familyland Network’s Weekly Roman Observer. Mike also contributes to Catholic radio and to Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He is the past editor of New Covenant and Pittsburgh Catholic, and his work has appeared in periodicals throughout the world. His books include The Fathers of the Church, The Mass of the Early Christians, and The Resilient Church. Mike and his wife, Terri, live in the South Hills of Pittsburgh with their six children, who are the subjects of his book Love in the Little Things.

Dr. Michael Barber

Dr. Michael Barber is professor of theology, Scripture, and Catholic thought at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, California. He earned his PhD in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also holds an MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a BA in theology and philosophy from Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Barber is the author of a number of books on Scripture, including Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation and Applying Its Lessons Today. Additionally, he hosts a weekly radio show and podcast called The Sacred Page with Michael Barber, available on Apple’s iTunes Store. He resides in San Diego, California, with his wife, Kimberly, and their two children.

Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma is an associate professor of theology at Franciscan University. He 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, 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.

Jeff Cavins

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.

Rob Corzine

Rob Corzine is Vise 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

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 eight children and seven grandchildren. 

Kimberly Hahn

Kimberly 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. In addition to Rome Sweet Home, Kimberly’s other books include a four-part series on the Proverbs 31 woman and Life Giving Love: Embracing God’s Beautiful Design for Marriage with Servant Publications. She holds an MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kimberly and Scott have six children and are expecting their tenth grandchildren. 

Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard is an internationally known speaker, author, 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 programs and appears on EWTN, in Shalom Media productions, and the Magnificat. He is the host of the Journey Through Scripture video series and is a featured speaker by Lighthouse Catholic Media. He obtained an MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. In addition to numerous articles, 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, both published through Our Sunday Visitor. Matthew lives in Ohio with his wife Veronica and their five children.

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.

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. To read his blog visit, www.thesacredpage.com.

Father Charles Samson

Father Charles Samson was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ in 2013 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri. He completed a bachelor’s in sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2012 and is pursuing a license in sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy. At a very young age during the holy sacrifice of the Mass, he heard his call to the priesthood—and the sacraments have always played a central role in his personal life of faith and now in the ministry, which he carries out with great joy.

Joan Watson

Joan Watson is the assistant director of Catechetics at Aquinas College. In this role she teaches over a thousand adults in the dioceses of Nashville, Knoxville, and Lexington.  In addition to her work for Aquinas College, Joan is a popular speaker who has addressed a wide variety of audiences, from local parishioners to members of the Roman Curia. Prior to moving to Nashville, she worked for 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.

   Dr. John Bergsma
   Aug 12, 2013
   Dr. Michael Barber
   Aug 12, 2013
   Dr. Michael Barber
   Aug 12, 2013
   Dr. John Bergsma
   Aug 12, 2013
   Dr. Brant Pitre
   Aug 12, 2013
   Kimberly Hahn
   Aug 12, 2013
   Thomas Cardinal Collins
   Aug 12, 2013
   Fr. Mitch Pacwa
   Aug 12, 2013