Come and join us in Houston for the annual NCBC National Catholic Bible Conference, May 5-6, 2017 to be held at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Lots of your favorite teachers will be explaining the scriptures in a vibrant and enthusiastic Catholic environment, including Mass with Daniel Cardinal Dinardo. It's encouraging to be among so many Catholics wanting to go deeper into Scripture. Hear from Fr. Mike Schmitz, Dr. Ted Sri, Thomas Smith, Sarah Christmyer, Dr. Michael Barber, Sonja Corbitt, John Bergsma, and Jeff. Both Jeff and Emily will present on "How to Read the Bible as a Family" featuring the new Great Adventure Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible. Besides learning more about God's Word, we are always uplifted by reconnecting with so many dear friends who have been involved in Bible Study all around the world and many who have been our fellow pilgrims to the Holy Land. Please sign up while there is still room! Register here!
Our annual January pilgrimage has come to a close. It's amazing how quickly the days fly by, but what's more amazing is all the wonderful fellow pilgrims who share each of the exciting moments with us from the Mt. of Beatitudes to the Via Dolorosa. We are grateful beyond words for the opportunity to visit the holy sites in the Holy Land with pilgrims eager to grow closer to Christ through the shared experience.
From my heart at the passing of Fr. Michael Scanlan.
At a moment of great vulnerability, leaving my protestant pastorate and returning to the Catholic Church, God gave me a Father to greet me and guide me back home. Father Scanlan, along with Bishop Paul Dudley teamed up to give me the guidance, wisdom and encouragement to make the move. Not only did Father Scanlan encourage me in my first months back in the Church, but he quietly made it possible for me financially to study at Steubenville as he created a scholarship for me. For the first two years after returning back to the Church, Fr. Scanlan continually reminded me that I was not alone and that he would stand with me during the transition. I owe so much to this dear man of God. I really don’t know what I would have done without him. Even as a protestant pastor, I followed him, admired him and learned much. I never new that one day he would guide me with his wisdom through the toughest transition of my life.
As I got to know Father throughout the years, we were able to share pilgrimages together. I especially remember going to the Holy Land with him. In the early hours of the desert morning he challenged me to a race to the top of Mt. Sinai. He won! Now, he has truly won as he is being embraced at the summit of all summits, the beatific vision.
I love you Father Michael and I truly want to emulate your walk with Christ. I owe you much! Rest in peace!
Here is the perfect Christmas gift for your family this year! What better idea than to teach your family the story salvation. The Great Adventure Storybook: A Walk through the Bible is now available, just in time for Christmas!
Many of you have followed the journey of the "Gen2Rev Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible" written by Emily and 3 of her colleagues. They raised their own funds to get it published last year and it has made some waves. The beautifully illustrated book that walks through the Bible using the 14 narrative books in scripture has now moved on to Ascension Press for publication and distribution. Ascension did a beautiful job of redesigning the book and including the signature Bible Timeline colors into the design.
Jeff was recently in Cicero, New York, for a Bible Timeline Seminar where Ascension Press made the newly designed Storybook available for the first time. You can purchase the storybook from Ascension Press.