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"To the Ends of the Earth"

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 05.09.12 |

New Zealand Postcard
Now that the jet-lag is a fading memory and I’m no longer a nocturnal creature haunting the halls of my house, I thought I’d briefly share with you about my recent trip to New Zealand. First of all, I don’t know how anyone can live in a place of such natural beauty and not know there is a God. Everywhere you look could serve as a postcard. Even the gas stations are picturesque!

I traveled to the…  [Continue Reading]
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The World Series of Bible Study

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 10.29.10 |

I’m not saying they’re necessarily connected, but I do find it rather interesting that the teams playing in the World Series just happen to represent states in which we’ve just presented the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture Parish-Based Bible Study Program. In fact, based on the crowds and their enthusiasm, you could say we’ve had our own championship season. In just two weekends we equipped…  [Continue Reading]

Hope Springs Eternal

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 01.12.10 |

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I have to admit to feeling a bit down this morning upon the realization that Christmastide is over and we have now entered Winter Ordinary Time (insert sigh). Driving to the office through the snow, I reflected that this part of the liturgical year is almost too well-named.

Indeed, the first “ordinary” days of work and school after the Christmas season are always tough. In addition to the reluctant…  [Continue Reading]

A Lamp Unto My Feet

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 11.04.09 |

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At a recent Wednesday audience, Benedict XVI invited us all to “nourish our existence with the Word of God, for example, through more attentive listening to the readings and the Gospel, especially in Sunday Mass. Moreover,” he continued, “it is important to reserve a certain time every day for meditation of the Bible, so that the Word of God is the lamp that illumines our daily path on earth.”

On…  [Continue Reading]

Journey Through Scripture in Green Bay

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 10.29.09 |

Journey Through Scripture diocesan training is sure keeping us busy. Two weeks after finishing up Toledo we headed way up north to the Diocese of Green Bay for Bible and the Sacraments presenter training.

It’s always a fun bunch in Green Bay and they were really energized by our study of the sacraments.  In fact, the group was almost as excited about Journey Through Scripture as they were about the…  [Continue Reading]

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Bible and the Sacraments in Toledo

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 09.28.09 |

They say the third time is the charm. But that isn’t the reason Rob and I made trip number three to the Diocese of Toledo in just one year. We went to offer presenter training for the Bible and the Sacraments, the third study in the Journey Through Scripture parish-based Bible study program.


Once again, it was a great day. We spent it studying the origin, meaning, and mysteries of the sacraments…  [Continue Reading]

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Bible and the Mass in Toledo

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 07.24.09 |

For the second time in three months Rob Corzine and I traveled to Findlay, Ohio, to offer Presenter training for Journey Through Scripture, the St. Paul Center’s parish-based Bible study series. And just like when we presented Genesis to Jesus back in March, we again enjoyed the company of a very large crowd of people from all over the Diocese of Toledo.

This time we spent the day studying The Bible and the Mass,…  [Continue Reading]

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2009 Letter & Spirit Summer Institute

Posted by Matthew Leonard on 06.29.09 |

Summer for the St. Paul Center kicked off in earnest this June with the Letter & Spirit Summer Institute. This is the second year we’ve invited young doctoral students and scholars to Steubenville for an intensive week of study, discussion, and social interaction.

Theologically focused summer institutes have historically played an important role in the education and formation of teachers of the faith.…  [Continue Reading]


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