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West Coast Biblical Studies Conference

Times are tough for the Catholic Church in America…and chances are, they’re only going to get tougher in the coming months and years. But Christians have no reason to fear. The Church has been here before. And just like He always has, the Holy Spirit will see us through.

This coming January, at the 14th Annual West Coast Biblical Studies Conference, we’ll remember that lesson as we go back in time to the first years after Jesus’ death and Resurrection, to learn more about how the Church weathered persecution in the first century AD. 

For two days, from Friday, January, 27 to Saturday, January 28, 2017, we’ll explore “The Book of Acts: How the Holy Spirit Leads the Church Through Hard Times.”  Talks by St. Paul Center President Dr. Scott Hahn and St. Paul Center Fellows Drs. Michael Barber, John Bergsma, and John Kincaid will unpack the biblical book of Acts, illuminating the many difficulties faced by the first Christians. More importantly, they’ll examine how the Holy Spirit used those difficulties to strengthen the Church and remind us of the graces that flowed to Jesus’ disciples through the suffering they endured.

This year’s West Coast Biblical Studies Conference will once again take place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in San Diego, California.  Co-sponsored by the St. Paul Center and John Paul the Great University, the cost of attendance is $50. Register before December 15 for a 20% discount.  To register click here.



Friday, Jan 27

6pm:          Registration

6:30pm:   “The Church as Kingdom: An Overview of the Book of Acts” – Scott Hahn

8:00pm:   “Resurrecting the Kingdom of Israel: Ascension and Pentecost” – John Bergsma


Saturday, Jan 28

8:00am:      “What God Has Cleansed: Peter, Paul, and the First Church Council”- Michael Barber

9:30am:      “Paul Does His Homework: Evangelization in Athens” – Scott Hahn

11:00am:    “The Road to Damascus: The Origin of Paul's Mission and Gospel”- John Kincaid

12:00pm:    Lunch break

1:30pm:      “The Passion of the Church: Martyrdom and Tribulation in Acts”- John Bergsma

3:00pm:      Q & A

3:45pm:      Final announcements and closing prayer

Vigil Mass

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