Jesus as Priest and Bridegroom
The true model for priestly identity according to the Gospel of John
39th Easter Seminar for Priests and Seminarians

WHEN Sunday, April 9 to Wednesday, April 12, 2023

WHERE Shellbourne Conference Center  |  Valparaiso, Indiana

In every age, but especially in these present times,
the People of God want to experience the truth, joy, and hope that the Kingdom of God offers.

The treasures of the Gospel message in great part rest on both the loving witness and pastoral ministry of the Catholic priest. For the priest to reflect the heart of Jesus, he needs a clear priestly identity rooted in the example and teachings of the great High Priest Jesus Christ.

The Gospel of St. John serves as the perfect handbook to articulate a true priestly identity. Professor John Bergsma, renowned author, commentator, and professor of Sacred Scripture, will deliver in four parts an in-depth presentation of the priestly identity described in the Gospel of John. In faithful response to Pope Francis’s frequent encouragement for priests to diligently reflect on the Word of God, it is our hope that this seminar will reinforce our sense of identity with a spirit of optimistic adventure in meeting the challenges of the New Evangelization.

“A priest is invited to cultivate before all else this closeness, intimacy with God, and from this relation he can attain to all the forces necessary for his ministry… many crises in the priesthood have at their origin a lack of prayer life, a lack of intimacy with the Lord, a reduction of the spiritual life to a mere religious practice.”

POPE FRANCIS,
Vatican Symposium on the Priesthood, February 17, 2022

Jesus Christ as Priest and Bridegroom

Lectures I - IV

Dr. John Bergsma

Professor of Theology, Franciscan University, Steubenville, OH

Easter Sunday, April 9, 2023

6:30 p.m.

Arrival and Light Supper


8:00 p.m.

Introductory Talk


Monday, April 10, 2023

7:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:15 a.m.

Preached Meditation


7:45 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

Lecture I


4:45 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:00 p.m.

Lecture II


Tuesday, April 11, 2023

7:00 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:15 a.m.

Preached Meditation


7:45 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


11:00 a.m.

Lecture III


4:45 p.m.

Holy Hour


7:00 p.m.

Lecture IV


Wednesday, April 12, 2023

7:15 a.m.

Morning Prayer


7:30 a.m.

Preached Meditation


8:00 a.m.

Eucharistic Concelebration
(Please bring alb and stole)


9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Departure

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Midwest Theological Forum (MTF) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes Catholic teaching through various theological media, especially the publication of printed works. An essential part of this mission includes spiritual and pastoral conferences and theological workshops for the ongoing formation of priests and seminarians in cooperation with the diocesan bishops. For more information visit www.theologicalforum.org

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