Seminary lecture series to focus on Paul the saint

Workers lowered the new statue of St. Paul into place at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity courtyard last month.

Seminary lecture series to focus on Paul the saint

A series of five luncheon talks examining the history and theology of St. Paul is being sponsored throughout the coming school year by the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas.

The series, "St. Paul: Theologian, Pastor and Missionary. Reflections on the History and Theology of our Patron," is being held in connection with the Year of St. Paul, proclaimed in June by Pope Benedict XVI.

The talks, free and open to the public, will be given by theologians from the seminary and university. The speakers are Dr. John Martens from the St. Thomas Theology Department and Father Juan Betancourt and Father Scott Carl from the seminary.

Each program will run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library on the south campus. Lunch will be provided, and reservations are requested. To make a reservation, or for more information, call (651) 962-5786.

The library is right next door to the seminary courtyard, which this fall welcomed a new statue of St. Paul.

Here is the schedule for the coming academic year:

  • "Appropriating the Scripture Today: The Example of Paul," Friday, Sept. 26, with Dr. John Martens.
  • "Paul: Convert, Missionary, Pastor," Friday, Oct. 17, with Dr. John Martens.
  • "In Light of Christ: Christ at the Center of Paul's Theology," Friday, Nov. 14, with Father Juan Betancourt.
  • "Practical Theology: Paul as Theologian for the Church," Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, with Father Scott Carl.
  • "'Imitate Me': Maturity in the Life of Christ," Friday, March 13, 2009, with Dr. John Martens.

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to the talks.