I assumed leadership of the Quinn Institute in the summer of 2019. By that time, Fr. Scott Carl, the founding director (2008-2019), had overseen five academic conferences. I will continue this tradition of conferences for biblical scholars teaching in Catholic seminaries. Fr. Carl also edited a volume of select proceedings from the 2009 and 2011 conferences, and has done most of the editing for two forthcoming volumes. The first of the two includes select proceedings from the 2013 and 2015 conferences, and the second will be a peer-reviewed selection of the 2017 papers. I will finish editing these two volumes, and I intend to continue the recent practice of publishing one peer-reviewed volume per conference. Indeed, these conferences and associated publications represent the principal activity of the Quinn Institute thus far. The next one is being planned for 2020.
Besides the conferences, the Institute has invited guest lecturers and has underwritten the purchase of biblical software for the Saint Paul Seminary and for its professors. It has also contracted a guest lecturer each year for our students visiting the Holy Land during the January Term.
Inspired by Msgr. Quinn and Fr. Scott Carl, I shall strive to ensure that the Institute continues to elevate the quality of biblical instruction in Catholic seminaries.
Fr. Kevin Zilverberg