ESBVM USA is pleased to present our
3rd Annual Weekend Conference
“Mary in Scripture”
August 4-6, 2016
Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, USA
Contact for Conference Information Packet and Registration form: esbvmeditor@Hotmail.com
This year’s conference presents the theme “Mary in Scripture.” In the ecumenical discussions on Mary at conferences both in the U.S.A. and in England, presenters and participants have consistently referred to scripture as the foundational grounds for productive interchange and discussion. This year’s conference focuses on scripture, and includes presentations that are stimulating, deeply thought-provoking, and scholarly. We will hear about Mary and her son Jesus at Cana; perspectives on biblical approaches to Mary; a consideration of Mary’s conception of Jesus and her pregnancy in relation to the Law and the Ark; Mary in the Messianic Psalms; Mary in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, John of Damascus, and Gregory of Palamas; Marian texts in relation to literary criticism and history; Marian texts using biblical anthropology; and a unique session on Mary in film. Presentations will be followed by a question and discussion panel. Also, there will be a panel discussion by local Protestant ministers, and a special choral presentation by a Lutheran church in Newburgh. Each day there will be ESBVM ecumenical prayer and the opportunity to relax and socialize with others who are dedicated to ecumenical thought on Mary, the mother of Jesus.
We invite anyone who is interested to come. ESBVM is uniquely formed to include those actively involved in ministry, those who are scholars, and anyone who is genuinely interested. We publish and hope to promote the presentations in the scholarly environment, knowing that it is the life of the faithful who ultimately have the greatest impact on theology and ecumenical understanding in particular.
The following list contains the names of our speakers and the titles of their presentations:
Dr. Adam DeVille (Keynote Speaker) is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Theology at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN, USA. His long list of publications includes Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unim Sint and the prospects of East-West Unity. Dr. DeVille will be delivering our keynote address: East-West Agreement on the Ecclesiological and Ecumenical Impact of the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception.
Robert P. Miller, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, will present: Jesus and Mary at Cana: What did Jesus Really Say?
Fr. Sebastien Abalodo, SM, STD, is a religious, member of the Society of Mary, and Professor, IMRI (International Marian Research Institute). He will present: Mary, Mother of our Savior: A Biblical Approach.
Andrew Brookes, OP, Blackfriars, Oxford, England will present: The Virgin, the Pregnancy, the Law and the Ark: a fresh look at the accounts of Mary’s Conception of Jesus and Pregnancy in Luke and Matthew.
Dr. Mary Frances McKenna is Chair, Dublin Branch, of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Dr. McKenna holds a PhD in Theology and an MA and a BA in History. Her book, Innovation within Tradition: Joseph Ratzinger and the Reading of the Women of Scripture, was published by Fortress Press (Minneapolis) in 2015. She will present: Mary in the Gospels, the figure of history and faith.
Mr. Jonathan Lincoln, a Graduate Student (M.Div.) at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will present: Mary in the Messianic Psalms: Prophecy and Typology in Genesis 3:15 and Psalms 44 and 131.
Fr. Michael Pacella III is studying with The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (Cambridge Theological Federation), Cambridge, UK, and will present: Considering the thoughts on Mary by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Gregory Palamas, and Saint John of Damascus as grounds for ecumenical discussion.
Mr. Michael Duricy, Professor at the International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton in Ohio, specializes in Mary in film, and will present: Biblical Portrayals of Mary in Film.
Virginia M. Kimball, MA, STL, STD, is president of the ESBVM USA and former president of the Mariological Society of America, and member of the Orthodox Theological Society of America. She is co-author with Dr. Maura Hearden of Mary: Godbearer to a World in Need. Dr. Kimball will present: New Insights on Mary, employing Hebrew biblical anthropology…Ruah, Nefesh, and Leb.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!