About the Center

Our Mission: Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is a non-profit research and educational institute that promotes life-transforming Scripture study in the Catholic tradition. The Center serves clergy and laity, students and scholars, with research and study tools — from books and publications to multimedia and on-line programming.

Our goal is to be a teacher of teachers. We want to raise up a new generation of priests who are fluent in the Bible and lay people who are biblically literate. For us, this means more than helping people to know their way around the Bible. It means equipping them to enter into the heart of the living Word of God and to be transformed and renewed by this encounter.

We read the Bible from the heart of the Church, in light of the Church’s Liturgy and living Tradition. In this way, we hope to help people experience the heart-to-heart encounter that Jesus’ disciples experienced on that first Easter night, when they knew Him in the breaking of the bread: "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us…while He opened to us the Scriptures?" (see Luke 24:13-37)



Emmaus Road Publishing released seventeen titles in 2016, including The Creed by Scott Hahn and How the Choir Converted the World by Mike Aquilina. We will publish more than forty books in 2017.

In 2017, we launched the second Journey Through Scripture video study, The Bible and the Sacraments. The series was viewed by 65,000 people during Lent.

Promise and Fulfilment is a new video series featuring St. Paul Center President and Founder Dr. Scott Hahn’s most influential talks. The series will be made available to a huge number of Catholics online.

Emmaus Academic will publish six new titles in 2017. These works are contributing to a revitalization of Catholic higher education and aiding the formation of a new generation of priests.

The English edition of Nova et Vetera will continue to provide content from leading Thomistic scholars with four new issues this year.

New volumes of Letter & Spirit are published Each fall and the annual Letter & Spirit conference convenes each summer, when a number of doctoral students join Dr. Hahn for a week of intensive Bible study.