Catholic Diocese, Samford Sponsor Program on Saint Paul Feb. 6

Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-01-30

Theologian Michael J. Gorman of St. Mary's Seminary and the University of Baltimore will lead a daylong program on the Apostle Paul at Samford University Friday, Feb. 6. Co-sponsors are the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham and Samford's Resource Center for Pastoral Excellence (RCPE)

Dr. Gorman's program is entitled "Paul: Teacher and Pastor, Then and Now." It is being made possible by a grant from the RCPE to the diocese in support of The Year of Saint Paul, being observed by Catholic churches around the world. The RCPE awards grants to agencies and organizations that provide continuing education to clergy.

The program in Brock Forum of Samford's Dwight Beeson Hall is expected to draw more than 100 Catholic clergy and directors of religious education as well as Samford divinity and religion students. An evening session in Samford's Hodges Chapel will be open to the public.

Gorman, a United Methodist, is serving as visiting professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School this spring. The author of five books on Paul, he is professor of sacred scripture and dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University of Baltimore.

Gorman was the 2005 recipient of The Fortress Press Award for Innovative Teaching in Graduate Schools and Seminaries.

For information, contact the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham at 838-8330 or the RCPE at 726-4064.

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