Ellen B. Aitken - June 14, 2014
Please pray for the repose of Ellen B. Aitken, McGill University's Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies, who died June 14 at the age of 53. An active member of CBA since 1999, Ellen served as an Associate Editor for Catholic Biblical Quartlerly. She held degrees from Harvard and the University of the South and was an ordained Anglican Church/ Episcopalian minister.
Credits: McGill University notice
Francis T. Gignac, S.J. - June 2, 2014
Please pray for the repose of Rev. Francis T. Gignac, S.J., who died during the night of Tuesday, June 3 at the age of 81. Frank became an active member of CBA in 1974. He was Chair of Board of Editors for the Revision of the New American Bible New Testament (1979-1987) and of the Board of Editors for the Revision of the Lectionary, National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1987-1989). Frank also was a member of the Board of Editors for the New American Bible Old Testament (Deuterocanonicals).
Frank entered the Society of Jesus on September 8, 1950, ordained on June 14, 1967, and took final vows on April 22, 1979. In 1968 Frank became professor of Biblical Theology at Fordham University until he was hired by The Catholic University of America in 1974 as professor of Biblical Greek and Biblical Studies. At CUA, Frank was the Chairman of the Biblical Studies Department from 1981-2003. He remained at CUA until he moved to Colombiere Center in 2013.
Outside of the classroom, Frank did Sunday supply work at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Laurel, Maryland, for almost 40 years and ran marathons. He completed 25 Marine Corps marathons; ran the Boston Marathon four times; and finished the Cherry Blossom 10-mile race in D.C. for 30 years.
Credits: The Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus Memoriam.
Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. - Feb. 7, 2014
With the Society of Jesus and the Boston College community, we mourn the passing of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. who, at the age of 73, lost his battle with cancer on February 7, 2014. An active member of CBA since 1970, Dan served as the CBA President (1985-86) and more recently as the Chair of the CBA Board of Trustees (2009-2013).
CBA member Frank J. Matera offered his reflections on Dan's life and work in America magazine. [Click here for the article]
Dan entered the Society of Jesus in 1958. While in the juniorate, he was encouraged to study Scripture and was tutored in Hebrew by Fr. John J. Collins, S.J., then editor of New Testament Abstracts.
While studying Ancient Near Eastern languages at Harvard, Dan worked with Professor John Strugnell. Dan was ordained in 1971. The following year he joined the faculty of Weston Jesuit School of Theology (currently Boston College School of Theology and Ministry) and became editor of New Testament Abstracts, a role he held until his death. The author of over 60 books, Dan also wrote “The Word” column for America magazine for three years.
In November 2013, Dan announced that 2013-14 was to be his final year of teaching. Rev. James Martin, SJ, in a tribute, presented Dan as “Clear, patient, kind. Generous, friendly, mild. Prayerful, faithful, hardworking. The model Jesuit, to my mind.”
May Dan rest in peace and rise in glory with the saints at the coming of our Lord.
[CREDITS: The above article was adapted from the Province News of the Jesuits' New England Province, http://news.sjnen.org/2014/02/fr-daniel-j-harrington-s-j-memoriam/, and a tribute in America magazine.
Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P. - Nov. 11, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Rev. Dr. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., who died in Jerusalem on Nov. 11, 2013 at the age of 78.
A CBA member since 1966, Fr. Jerome served on the Editorial Board of Catholic Biblical Quarterly from 1997 to 2004 and wrote several articles for the journal. He was a leading authority on St. Paul, a Professor of New Testament at the École Biblique in Jerusalem, and a cousin to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.
Born on 10 April 1935 to Kerry Murphy-O'Connor and Mary McCrohan, Fr. Jerome was the eldest of four children. He attended the Christian Brothers College in Cork, going on to study at the Vincentian-run Castleknock College in Dublin. He entered the Dominican Novitiate in Cork in September 1953, giving up his baptismal name 'James' and to take a new name in religion, 'Jerome', a symbol of his commitment to his faith. Bearing in mind his future career, this was an apt choice, as Jerome is the patron saint of biblical studies.
Fr. Jerome was ordained priest in July 1960. At the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the core of his scholarly life emerged. His first serious study as a lecturer was on the theme of Preaching in St. Paul, which he later developed into a doctoral thesis under the direction of the Dominican biblical scholar, Ceslas Spicq. He received his Doctorate in 1962, and studied in Rome in 1963. He also researched the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of Heidelberg, and New Testament theology at the University of Tübingen. From there he went to the École Biblique in Jerusalem, which was to become his religious, scholarly, and personal home for the next 40 years.
The École Biblique, founded in 1890 by French Dominican scholars, was an internationally renowned centre for Biblical studies and Biblical archaeology. Fr. Jerome was appointed Professor of New Testament there in 1967. Oxford University Press invited him to write an archaeological guide to the Holy Land which was published in 1980. This was translated into several languages with a revised edition in 1986, and has become the standard guide-book. Murphy-O'Connor lectured around the world and made numerous television appearances.
[Adapted from Independent Catholic News, http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=23585]
Ernest S. Frerichs - Nov. 11, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Ernest S. Frerichs, who died on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at the age of 88.
A member of the CBA since 1976, Prof. Frerichs had a long and distinguished career at Brown University, from his initial appointment as Instructor in 1953 until his 1995 retirement as Professor of Religious Studies.
For Brown University's announcement of Professor Frerich's passing, click here.
Paul J. Achtemeier - Jan. 29, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Paul J. Achtemeier, Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, who died on Jan. 29, 2013.
Born in 1927 in Lincoln, NE, Prof. Achtemeier received his doctorate (Th.D.) from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He also studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, Heidelberg University (Germany), and the University of Basel (Switzerland). Before going to Richmond to teach at Union, Prof. Achtemeier taught at Elmhurst College and the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies of the World Council of Churches, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland.
He was an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America since 1973, and was the first Protestant elected president of the CBA (1984-85). He also served as treasurer, secretary, and president of the Society of Biblical Literature.
For more about Prof. Achtemeier's life, see the obituary on the website of Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Luke Steiner, O.S.B. - Jan. 18, 2013
Please pray for the repose of Fr. Luke Steiner, O.S.B., a monk of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, who died on Jan. 18, 2013.
Joseph John Steiner was born on August 27, 1930, in Mandan, North Dakota. He was accepted into the novitiate of St. John's Abbey in July 1950 and received the religious name of Luke. He was ordained to the priesthood by the Abbot of Santa Scolastica Abbey in Subiaco, Italy, on July 1, 1956. He studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, completing his S.T.L. in theology in 1957 and earning his Licentiate in Sacred Scripture in 1960.
Returning to the United States, Fr. Luke began teaching scripture in the Saint John's Seminary. In 1966, he was appointed the first dean of the School of Theology. For many years, he served regularly in tandem with Fr. Thomas Wahl, OSB, as director of the School of Theology's Jerusalem Program housed at Ein Karem, a village just outside Jerusalem. He was also rector of Saint John's Seminary from 1999 to 2001.
Over the years, Fr. Luke taught Scripture courses at several other Minneapolis-St. Paul area schools: Luther/Northwestern Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary, Bethel Theological Seminary and Saint Paul Seminary-School of Divinity. He also taught scripture to the novices of Saint John's Abbey, Italian courses to inmates at the St. Cloud Reformatory, and summer courses on Saint Paul's Letters, in Anchorage, Alaska.
After retiring from teaching in 2004, he moved into parochial ministries, serving as pastor at St. Augustine's Parish in St. Cloud (2004-2007), and then chaplain to the Poor Clare Sisters in Sauk Rapids, MN (2007-2013).
Fr. Luke was an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America since 1961.
For more about Fr. Steiner's life, see the obituary on the website of St. John's Abbey.
Stanley B. Marrow, S.J. – Feb. 14, 2012
Please pray for the repose of Fr. Stanley B. Marrow, S.J., who died on Feb. 14, 2012. He was Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Professor Ordinarius on the Ecclesiastical Faculty at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
Fr. Marrow earned various theological and biblical degrees from Weston College (S.T.L.), the Pontifical Biblical Institute (S.S.L., 1964), and the Gregorian University (S.T.D., 1966). He then taught at al-Hikma University, Baghdad (1966-68), at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (1968-71), and at the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA (1971-2008).
Those who knew him report: "His courses were legendary, and he gave selflessly to the academic formation of generations of Jesuit scholastics, other religious, and lay men and women. Without fail, even in retirement, he came to the School of Theology and Ministry weekly to read, research, and continue his writing."
An active member of the CBA since 1965, Fr. Marrow also served as an Associate Editor of the CBQ (1979-86).
Frederick William Danker – Feb. 2, 2012
Please pray for the repose of Frederick William Danker, Professor Emeritus of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, who died on Feb. 2, 2012.
Prof. Danker was an esteemed member of the CBA since 1973. He was a member of the CBQMS Editorial Board from 1985 until the time of his death and served as Consultor on the CBA Executive Board 1977-79 and 1995-97. In addition to other works, he was well-known for his Greek-English lexicons and for his Multi-Purpose Tools for Bible Study. For all he has given to all of us may the good Lord richly reward him.
For more about Prof. Danker's life, see the News Release regarding his death on website of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
James C. Polich – Nov. 20, 2011
Please pray for the repose of Rev. James C. Polich, who died on Nov. 20, 2011.
Born Dec. 20, 1944, in Des Moines, IA, he was pastor at St. Augustin Parish in Des Moines for the past eleven years. He also taught various years at Creighton University, Fordham University, and Conception Abbey.
He was an active member of the CBA since 1991.
For a fuller account of his life, click here.
Frederick J. Murphy – Sept. 13, 2011
Please pray for the repose of Fredrick J. Murphy, Professor of Religious Studies at Holy Cross College, who died on Sept. 13, 2011.
Born Aug. 16, 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree at the University of London in 1977, and several biblical degrees from Harvard University (1981, A.M.; 1984, Ph.D.). He taught at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, since 1983.
He became an associate member of the CBA in 1982 and an active member in 1984. He served several terms as an Associate Editor of the CBA.
A fuller account of his life can be found at http://news.holycross.edu/blog/2011/09/13/in-memoriam-frederick-j-murphy-professor-of-religious-studies/
Marie (Louis) Goldstein, R.S.H.M. – Sept. 11, 2011
Please pray for the repose of Sister Marie Goldstein, RSHM, also known as Sister M. Louis, hwo died September 11, 2011, at the age of 83. A Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary for 65 years, she was a member of the Marymount Convent Community in Tarrytown, NY, at the time of her death.
Sister Marie taught at St. Mary’s School, Long Island City, NY; Sacred Heart of Mary Academy, Bronx, NY; Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Sag Harbor, NY; and St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Manhattan, NY. She also taught at Corvallis and Marymount School in California and Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania. She ministered in retreat centers in South Bend, IN; Richmond, VA; and Pevely, MO. She was dedicated to interfaith relations among Christians, Jews, and Muslims, working in Israel with the Hope Ecumenical Seminar and the Prophet Elias Center and in the USA with the Diocese of Louisville KY. She was president of the Edith Stein Guild, New York, NY, which is dedicated to increasing understanding and bringing about greater harmony between Catholics and Jews.
She was an associate member of the Catholic Biblical Association since 1990.
For a fuller account of her life, click here.
Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic – Aug. 26, 2011
Please pray for the repose of His Eminence Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, Archbishop of Toronto, who died on August 26, 2011.
Born January 27, 1930, he had been an active CBA member since 1957. He is the author of vol. 2 in the CBQMS: The Hidden Kingdom: A Redactional-Critical Study of the References to the Kingdom of God in Mark's Gospel (1972).
He received an S.T.L. from the Angelicum, an S.S.L. from the PBI, and a Th.D. from the University of Wurzburg. He taught Scripture at St. Augustine Seminary (1960-67) and NT Exegesis at Toronto School of Theology (1970-76). He became Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto in 1976, and was named Cardinal in 1998.
A fuller account of his very productive and busy life can be found at http://www.archtoronto.org/CardinalAmbrozic/
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