Senior Fellows

Rev. Sebastian A. Carnazzo, PhD

Rev. Sebastian Carnazzo, PhD, is a priest in the Melkite Catholic Church of America and pastor of the St. 

Elias Melkite Parish in San Jose (steliasmelkite.org).  He received his BS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 

Animal Science with a concentration in veterinary medicine.  He then went on to receive his MA in 

Theology with a concentration in Sacred Scripture from the Notre Dame Graduate School of 

Christendom College and his PhD in Biblical Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  

His dissertation was published under the title Seeing Blood and Water: A Narrative-Critical of John 19:34 

(2012).  He joined the faculty of St. Patrick’s Seminary in the Fall of 2015 as a fulltime lecturer in Sacred 

Scripture and Biblical Languages.  Among other teaching engagements and volunteer activities, he is also 

an adjunct lecturer in Sacred Scripture for the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College and 

the academic director for the deacon program in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, OK.  He lives 

happily with his wonderful wife and six beautiful children in Prunedale, CA.


Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
PhD, Biblical Studies, 2011

Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Alexandria, VA
MA, Theological Studies, 2000

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, CA
BS, Animal Science, 1997

EMPLOYMENT

Full-time Lecturer in Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages, since 2015
St. Patrick Seminary and University, Menlo Park, CA

Adjunct Lecturer in Sacred Scripture and Catechetics, since 2003
Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Alexandria, VA 

Full-time Lecturer in Sacred Scripture and Biblical Languages, 
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Denton, NE, 2004-2013

Academic Director of Diaconal Program, since 2005
Diocese of Tulsa, OK

PRESENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES

Lecturer in New Testament, since 2003
St. Gregory Deacon Program, Melkite Greek Catholic Diocese of Newton, MA 

Pastor, since 2015 
St. Elias Melkite Greek Catholic Church, San Jose and Bay Area, CA (steliasmelkite.org)

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS 

Catholic Biblical Association: Member since 2002 

Society of Biblical Literature: Member since 2009

 

SUMMARY OF PAST ENGAGEMENTS

INTERNATIONAL 

Holy Land Pilgrimage: Speaker to Pilgrims
Ten Day Tour of Biblical sites in Israel and Palestinian Territories with ICC, 2015 

Biblical Greek as a Living Language: Speaker to faculty of dept. of Languages
University of Potchefstroom, South Africa, 2013 

Holy Land Pilgrimage: Speaker to Pilgrims
Ten Day Tour of Biblical sites in Israel and Palestinian Territories with ICC, 2013

The Faith of Abraham: Speaker to Retreat Participants
Mount Calvary Biblical Institute, Passionist Center, Mandeville, Jamaica, 2004

NATIONAL 

Myrrh Bearer’s Retreat: Speaker 
Eparchy of Phoenix, 2014 

Classical Greek as a Living Language: Lecturer 
San Luis Obispo Classical Academy, Spring Semester, 2014 

The Problem of Polygamy in Genesis: Lecture 
Seminar on Genesis, Miqra Institute, Lincoln, NE, 2012 

Liturgy in the Old and New Testaments: Lecture 
Conference on Liturgy for Religious, Diocese of Lincoln, NE, 2011 

The Book of Revelation and its Historical Context: Lecture Series 
St. Michael Parish, Diocese of Arlington, VA, 2011 

The Dead Sea Scrolls: Lecture 
Institute of Catholic Culture, Arlington, VA, 2011. 

Acts of the Apostles: The Key to the Pauline Epistles: Lecture 
Christendom College, Summer Institute, Front Royal, VA, 2009

The Ten Commandments in their Historical and Literary Context: Lecture
St John Parish, Diocese of Arlington, VA, 2008 

The Pauline Epistles: Lecture 
The Thursday Night Forum, Diocese of Omaha, NE, 2008 

The Christian Eucharist and the Old Testament: Lecture 
St Joseph Parish, Diocese of Lincoln, NE, 2008 

New Testament Eschatology: Lecture
St John Parish, Diocese of Arlington, VA, 2007 

Prophets of the Old Testament: Short Seminar 
Benedictine Monastery of Clear Creek, Diocese of Tulsa, OK, 2007

Acts of the Apostles: Lecture Series
Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Lincoln, NE, 2006 

The Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke: Lecture
Clergy Continuing Education Program, Diocese of Lincoln, NE, 2004

Introduction to the Old Testament: Weekend Seminar
St Meinrad Seminary Diaconate Program for Diocese of Tulsa, OK, 2004 

Peter in the New Testament: Online Seminar 
Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA , 2004 

The Synoptic Gospels: Semester Lecture Course 
EPS, Trinity College, Washington, DC, 2004

Mary in the New Testament: Lecture Series
Queen of Apostles Parish, Diocese of Arlington, VA, 2004

The Epistle to the Romans: Lecture
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Archdiocese of Washington, DC, 2004 

Genesis 1-3: Online Seminar
Catholic Distance University, Hamilton, VA, 2003

 

SUMMARY OF PUBLICATIONS

Monograph

Seeing Blood and Water: A Narrative-critical Study of John 19:34 (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012).

Contribution in Multi-author Work

“Second Thursday of the Great Fast,” in Journey through The Great Fast: A Daily Meditation.  Fairfax, VA: Eastern Christian Publications, 2001. 

Journal Articles

“When the Fishermen were filled with Wisdom: A Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for Pentecost,” Theosis (2013). 

“It is the Lord's Passover: A Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for Pascha,” Theosis (2013).

“The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin: A Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for the Annunciation,” Theosis (2013).

“Rejoice, O Full of Grace: a Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for the Presentation,” Theosis (2013).

“The Waters of the New Creation: A Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for Theophany,” Theosis (2013).

“Those who Worshiped the Stars: A Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for the Nativity of our Lord,” Theosis (2012).

“The Sun of Justice: A Biblical Analysis of the Festal Troparion for the Nativity of the Theotokos,” Theosis (2012).

“Reaping what you Sow: A Significant Theme in Genesis,” Miqra Journal (2012). Solicited.

“Eschatology in the Pauline Epistles,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009). Solicited.

“Baptism in the Pauline Epistles,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009). Solicited.

“Justification in the Pauline Epistles,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009).  Solicited.

“Death in the Pauline Epistles,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009). Solicited.

“Christ in the Pauline Epistles,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009). Solicited.

“The Holy Spirit and the Church in the New Testament,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009). Solicited.

“Jesus as the New Adam in the Pauline Epistles,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009). Solicited.

“The Travels of St Paul,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009).      Solicited.

 “St Paul and his Pharisaic Background,” Eastern Oklahoma Catholic (2009).  Solicited.

“The Book of Revelation and its Historical Context,” Sophia (2007).

“Mary in the New Testament,” Sophia (2007).

“Reconciliation in the New Testament,” Sophia (2006).

“Peter in the New Testament,” Eastern Churches Journal (2005).

“The Eucharist,” Eastern Churches Journal (2004).

“Interpretation of Genesis 1-3 in the Patristic Age,” Eastern Churches Journal (2003).

“Patristic Commentaries on Genesis 3,” Eastern Churches Journal (2000).

 

LANGUAGES STUDIED 

Modern Spanish 

Ancient Latin 

Italian 

French 

German (informally) 

Arabic (informally) 

Biblical Greek (teaching proficiency) 

Classical Greek (teaching proficiency) 

Biblical Hebrew (teaching proficiency) 

Aramaic (teaching proficiency)

LECTURE SAMPLES (see electronic version of this CV for hyperlinks)

Acts of the Apostles: The Key to the Pauline Epistles 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/st.-paul-his-spiritual-scriptural/id418587958?mt=10 

Proclaiming the Kingdom: A Study of the Gospel of Matthew
instituteofcatholicculture.org/proclaiming-the-kingdom-a-study-of-the-gospel-of-st-matthew/

ACADEMIC REFERENCES

Very Rev. Josef Bisig: Rector (see “Employment” above)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Denton, NE
(402) 797-7700

Kristin Burns, PhD: Academic Dean (see “Employment” above)
Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College, Alexandra, VA
(703) 658-4304

Rev. Msgr. Patrick Brankin: Vicar for Deacons (see “Employment” above) 
Diocese of Tulsa, OK
(918) 294-1904

ECCESIASTICAL REFERENCES

Most Rev. Gerald N. Dino, 
Bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, AZ 
(602) 861-9778

Most Rev. Nicholas Samra,
Bishop of the Melkite Catholic Diocese of Newton, MA
(617) 323-9922

Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery,
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, OK
(918) 294-1904