Please help us answer the Holy Father’s
call to confront the crisis of faith by preparing
Catholics to proclaim the Gospel!
Dear Friend in Christ,
“Are you sure Dr. Hahn didn’t write this?”
That’s what a former student asked after reading Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI’s magisterial work on Scripture.
She was joking of course. She knows perfectly well that the pope can pen papal documents without any help from me.
But I admit, the first time I read Verbum Domini I felt like I was reading the St. Paul Center’s mission statement.
In Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict didn’t introduce any new doctrine about the Word of God. Rather, he integrated and re-presented 2,000 years of Church teaching on Scripture.
He also recognized the crisis in Scripture study that has subverted the faith in so many universities, seminaries, parishes, and families around the world.
That crisis is why I founded the St. Paul Center.
Likewise, the Church’s rich understanding of Scripture has informed everything we’ve done in the 10 years since.
When it comes to understanding the role of Scripture in the life and mission of the Church, Pope Benedict and I have been drinking from the same well.
The Pope is on a mission to renew the Church by renewing Scripture study.
The St. Paul Center exists to do the same.
The St. Paul Center is committed to “leading men and women…to the God who speaks in the Bible”, something the pope called his “supreme and fundamental priority.”
But to do that, I need your help. (Click here to find out how).
To start with, I need your help preparing priests and future priests to preach the Word of God.
In Verbum Domini, the pope wrote: “It is not a matter of preaching a word of consolation, but rather a word which disrupts, which calls to conversion and which opens the way to an encounter with the one through whom a new humanity flowers.”
That kind of preaching flows from understanding all God has done in salvation history and all he continues to do now.
It’s preaching that sees connections between the Bible and Tradition, between liturgy and life.
That’s the type of preaching to which our work gives rise.
From the homily helps we publish monthly to our annual Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians’ Conference, we help priests immerse themselves in God’s Word so that they can more fully understand it and proclaim it.
We do the same through our work with seminarians.
Over the years, we’ve worked hard to help priests and seminarians dive deep into the Scriptures.
We’ve done that because for every priest and future priest we help, we also help the tens of thousands of souls whom their ministry will affect in the years ahead.
In addition to helping the St. Paul Center in our work with priests and seminarians, you can also help us open up the Sacred Scriptures to the Catholic laity.
One of the ways we do this is through one of the country’s fastest–growing parish-based Bible study programs: Journey Through Scripture.
This series takes Catholics through the story of salvation history and traces the biblical roots of the Mass, the Sacraments, the Church’s teachings on Mary, and more.
The response to the program has been overwhelming.
One woman, who attended the first study in the series, “Genesis to Jesus,” wrote, ”This is by far the clearest, most in-depth, and most powerful Bible study I’ve ever encountered. It’s transformed the way I read the Bible and the way I pray.”
The St. Paul Center conducts intensive Bible study training seminars to prepare the laity, as well as priests and religious, to present these studies in their home parishes.
We’ve trained thousands of presenters, ensuring that Catholics have the best Bible study materials and the best Bible study leaders as well.
How else has the St. Paul Center ignited a fire for God’s Word in the hearts of Catholics?
Through our Website, SalvationHistory.com, which offers free Bible studies, audio courses, and a vast resource library to Catholics around the world;
Through landmark publications such as The Catholic Bible Dictionary, as well as our high school textbook, Understanding the Scriptures, which gives young people a truly Catholic understanding of the Bible;
Through the numerous conferences we host around the country, including our annual West Coast Biblical Studies Conference in California and the Fullness of Truth Conference in Texas, as well as unique events like our recent Fathers and Doctors of the Church Conference in Chicago.
Through the vast collection of books and Bible studies written by St. Paul Center Fellows, including Dr. Brant Pitre’s Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Mike Aquilina’s The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition, co-authored with Donald Cardinal Wuerl, and The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, edited by Curtis Mitch and myself.
And through our monthly publication, Breaking the Bread, which features reflections for priests, laity, and catechists on all the Sunday Mass readings.
If you respond to this letter I’ll begin sending you this valuable resource free of charge, as well as a FREE CD of my talk, “Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist”.
Finally, I need your help with the St. Paul Center’s work with young Catholic biblical scholars.
Part of this work includes the Letter and Spirit Summer Institute, which the St. Paul Center runs every summer for some of the best and brightest Ph.D. candidates in the country.
Father Benedict Groeschel thinks so highly of this Institute, that he sends several of his friars to the event every year.
Another part of this work is our acclaimed journal, Letter and Spirit.
With penetrating essays by some of the Church’s brightest lights, this journal is an important tool for bishops, scholars, priests, and laymen seeking to renew biblical scholarship within the Church.
There is, of course, so much more we’re doing and so much more we’ve already done to help Pope Benedict in his mission to renew Catholics’ love and understanding of God’s Word.
And I want you to be a part of this work with me.
You know how vital this renewal is — to the Church, to her priests and religious, and to all Catholics — because of what God’s Word has done for you.
You’ve encountered God in his Word. It changed your life. It changes your life still.
Help me give others that with which you and I have been so richly blessed.
Can I count on your gift of $50, $100, $250, or more?
(You can contribute right now on our safe, secure online donation page).
Again, Pope Benedict called for this Scriptural renewal because it is what “opens the way to an encounter with the One through whom a new humanity flowers.”
A new humanity. New life. That’s what God’s Word promises.
By partnering with the St. Paul Center in our decade-long mission, you can help bring that about. Through your prayers, your energy, and your financial resources, become a part of this work.
Dr. Scott Hahn
PS Pope Benedict says “leading men and women…to the God who speaks in the Bible” is his “supreme and fundamental priority.” Help the St. Paul Center assist the pope in this mission. Pray for us and send your most generous contribution today. In return, I’ll send you Breaking the Bread free of charge, as well as a FREE CD of my talk, “Biblical Foundations of the Eucharist”.