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2021 Annual General Meeting

On May 26th, members were sent an email invitation to the 83rd International Meeting that is being held virtually July 31-August 3. Member candidates have also been issued an invitation. The registration fee is $25. Registrants may access the online program that will contain login links to the meeting sessions.

Volunteers Needed!

The button below will take you to the CBA webpage for
2021 Annual Meeting.


CCD Grant Recipients
This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $128,215 for eight projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.  

The eight projects sponsored by the CCD are as follows: 

  • $15,583 to Dr. Richard Ascough (Queen’s University School of Religion, Kingston, Ontario, Canada) for Associations and Christ Groups under Roman Colonization: Assimilation and Resistance in the Western Provinces
  • $14,000 to Dr. Marco Benini (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.) for Liturgical Hermeneutics of Sacred Scripture
  • $20,000 to Dr. Giorgio Buccellati (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles) for Cornerstone and Necromancy: Biblical Implications from the Excavations of a Third Millennium Hurrian City, Urkesh
  • $25,000 to Dr. Michael Cover (Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI) for Texts of Turning: Representing Conversion in Early Judaism and the New Testament 
  • $22,000 to Dr. Andrew Davis (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Chestnut Hill, MA) for Calling Out from the Depths: A Curriculum for Catholic-Jewish Encounter with the Psalms
  • $9,636 to Dr. Charles Hughes-Huff (Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY) for Punishment and Holiness in the Priestly Literature
  • $16,000 to Dr. Chris Keith (Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham, United Kingdom) for Jesus and John: The Fourth Gospel and the Quest for the Historical Jesus 
  • $5,996 to Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman (College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA) for Languaging Landscape: Entanglements of Identities and Borders in the Iron Age Shephelah
With the awarding of these grants, this joint venture between the CBA and the CCD which began in 2017 has concluded. We are grateful to the bishops for financing the project and to the CBA members who have served on the Committee on Research Support chaired by Gregory E. Sterling: David A. Bosworth, Randall A. Chestnutt, Jeremy Corley, Joachim M. Eck, Todd R. Hanneken, Thomas P. McCreesh, O.P. , Steven L. McKenzie, Maria Pascuzzi, C.S.J., Anathea E. Portier-Young, Jean-François  Racine, Mark S. Smith, and Pauline M. Viviano. 

PBI Visiting Professorship

The Catholic Biblical Association announces the re-establishment of annual visiting professorship at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where tenured established scholars of the CBA have the opportunity to teach one course to an international cohort of students, equivalent of the US PhD course work, offer a public lecture on their research, interact with a renown faculty and take advantage of the outstanding library resources. Applications are invited for the academic year 2022-23.

Applications for the academic year 2022-23
should be received by July 31, 2021.

For more information, including the application form

Executive Director Search

The Catholic Biblical Association of America announces a search for a new Executive Director with an appointment to begin no later than September 1, 2021.  

The Executive Director must be a CBA Full Member appointed by the Executive Board for a specified term, normally three years, and may be reappointed normally for a maximum of two more terms (cf. CBA By-laws 4.3.1.). The status of the position is as part-time, exempt employee of the Association. 

Applications must be received by July 1, 2021.
Please submit materials either by mail to
Catholic Biblical Association Office, 433 Caldwell Hall, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington DC 20064 or on-line, in a single pdf, to CBA-Office@cua.edu.

The Catholic Biblical Association of America does not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital status, disability or other status protected by Federal, State or local laws, except where a reasonable, bona fide occupational qualification exists.

For the more information 

Time to Upgrade Your Membership?

Associate and Graduate Student members who have completed their doctorates may wish to apply for Full membership. Those upgrading an existing membership do not need to be further sponsored. Application deadline is July 1 to be considered for acceptance in 2021.

Sponsor a New Member

Full members are encouraged to invite graduate students and colleagues to apply for membership. This year's application deadline is July 1.

To sponsor a new member,

  1. invite your student or colleague to follow the instructions on the "Join the Catholic Biblical Association" page (under the MEMBERSHIP in the navigation bar, see screenshot below). 
  2. Email the CBA Office (cba-office@cua.edu) with your name and the name of the applicant, indicating that you are the applicant's sponsor.


Full Members play a vital role in securing the future of the association by voting during the Business Meeting held during the Annual General Meeting.

All Full Members who have registered for the virtual 2021 Annual General Meeting will receive an email ballot via SurveyMonkey on Tuesday, August 3rd in order to vote for CBA officers, committee members, and members. Results will be announced on August 4th, so prompt response is necessary.

Member candidates will be notified via email later in August as to their membership status.

Keep in Mind

On May 21, 2022, John Jacob Schmitt, passed from this life at the age of 83.  An active  member of CBA since 1979, Schmitt earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1977. He was an NEH Humanities Summer Seminar awardee (1978), and was Visiting Lecturer at Sheffield University (1991). Schmitt taught at St. Bonaventure University (1972-1980) before moving to Marquette University where he taught for over 30 years, specializing in Old Testament studies, particularly in the study of the Prophets, Psalms, and history of traditions.

John Donahue, S.J. has reflected on Schmitt's life in the Milwaukee Sentinel obituary.

May his soul, and the souls
of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.  Amen.

If you are aware of the recent passing of a CBA member not mentioned on the 
CBA websiteplease inform the CBA office:  cba-office@cua.edu or 202-319-5519.

Shipping or Email Address Changed?

If you have recently moved, changed your institution or email address, don't forget to either make the change in your online membership record or notify CBA

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