Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-02-19

Catholic convert Dr. Scott Hahn will speak at Samford University March 3 in a program sponsored by the Samford Catholic Student Association and the Office of New Evangelization of the Diocese of Birmingham.

“Covenant and Communion: Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church,” is the topic of the 7 p.m. talk in Wright Center Concert Hall. The program is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested at or by calling (205) 726-2677.

Hahn will be introduced by Dr. Timothy George, dean of Samford’s Beeson Divinity School. Dr. George has been active in evangelical-Roman Catholic Church dialogue.

A popular speaker and teacher on a variety of topics related to scripture and the Catholic faith, Hahn is professor of theology and scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. He is founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed Pope Benedict XVI chair of biblical theology and liturgical proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Penn.

Hahn is the author of The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, Covenant and Communion, Kinship by Covenant, Signs of Life,Spirit and Life and Rome Sweet Home, co-authored with his wife, Kimberly.

He worked 10 years in youth and pastoral ministry in Protestant congregations and is a former theology professor at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 1982 at Trinity Presbyterian church in Fairfax, Virginia, and entered the Catholic Church in 1986.

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Grove City College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in biblical theology from Marquette University

Samford’s Catholic Student Association is in its first year as an organized campus group. Samford business professor Dr. Thomas Woolley is the faculty advisor. Samford pharmacy student Anthony Bolus is SCA president.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.