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Deacon Homiletics Conference: Encountering Scripture for Preaching (IOCF)


May 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
May 16, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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Abby of the Hills
46561 147th St, Marvin, SD 57251 MN United States + Google Map

Presented by Dr. Daniel Keating

We have all had Scripture classes in formation. We have cultivated the habit of lectio divina.  We have had homiletics seminars. We all desire to preach a “word that will rouse them” (Isaiah 50:4). Yet few of us have had training in what Father Peter Cameron calls “the preacher’s approach to Scripture” and the practical art of “prayerful studious reading.”

Dr. Daniel Keating, Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, a specialist in the Church Fathers and in the New Evangelization, Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and author of two volumes in the popular Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series, will lead us in a three-day seminar precisely on this practical art that connects the Word of Scripture with the Homiletic Task.

Using Gospels from select Sundays and several passages from the Pentateuch, the prophets, the psalms, and the New Testament letters – all as found in the Lectionary – Dr. Keating will demonstrate practices of rhetorical observation, basic word studies, simple outlining, contextualizing, and the like that, in the atmosphere of lectio divina and of reading the hungers of the human heart, foster an actualization of the Word as “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword…discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). This is the stuff for preaching. Dr. Keating will also provide “doctrinal foundations for preachers” in key realities: the Trinity, Christology, Grace.

Our time of study will be interactive, will be structured around a daily cycle of prayer and worship, and will allow ample time for recreation and fellowship in the beautiful setting of the former monastery, Abbey of the Hills, South Dakota.

Arrival is recommended by Thursday for dinner at 6:00 p.m. but later is fine as well. The conference begins Friday morning and concludes Sunday afternoon, to allow you time to return Sunday evening.


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Deacon Dan Gannon

(651) 210-9651

To make an accessibility request, call Disability Resources at (651) 962-6315.

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