Southwest Bible Conference

November 16, 2019

About the Event

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Join us in Phoenix this November for the Southwest Bible Conference, co-sponsored by the Institute of Catholic Theology. This year's theme is Unlocking the Treasure: Discipleship on the Road to Emmaus. Don't miss this unique chance to study Scripture from the heart of the Church with Scott Hahn and John Bergsma, two renowned leaders in Catholic Scripture study. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted. Learn to encounter Christ in Scripture and accept the challenge of following him in discipleship.

In Luke's Gospel, we're given a powerful example of Christ's personal invitation to discipleship. When Jesus appears to two disciples on the road to Emmaus, he unlocks the Scriptures so that they might encounter him first in Scripture: "Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27). Jesus sets their hearts on fire by breaking open the Scriptures, but it is only in the breaking of the bread that their eyes are opened to who Jesus really is (Luke 24:31-32). 

Accept the challenge of discipleship. Like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, encounter Jesus in Scripture and the Mass, and be sent forth to proclaim with the Apostles, "The Lord has truly been raised" (Luke 24:34). 

Register nowdon't miss this unique opportunity to study Scripture from the heart of the Church and to encounter Jesus in the Word and the Eucharist.

About the Institute of Catholic Theology

The Institute of Catholic Theology provides continuing education for adult Catholics. Founded in 2009, the ICT offers a wide variety of courses, both live and archived on the internet, that can be taken at your leisure. Whether you are new to adult education or are looking to delve into the richness of Catholic Intellectual tradition, these courses are designed to strengthen one's Christian discipleship through intellectual formation.  Click here to learn more.


8:00 a.m. — Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted
9:00 a.m. — "‘He Opened Their Minds’ (Aperuit Illis): Pope Francis’ Urgent Call to Embrace Scripture" by John Bergsma
10:00 a.m. — "Ongoing Conversion and the Eucharist" by Scott Hahn
11:00 a.m. — St. Paul Center Presentation
11:15 a.m. — Lunch, books available for sale
1:00 p.m. — "‘Beginning With Moses and the Prophets’: How Jesus Explained Himself from All of Scripture To the Two Disciples" by John Bergsma
2:00 p.m. — "Missionary Discipleship in Action" by Scott Hahn
3:00 p.m. — Closing announcements, raffle


St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
2312 E Campbell Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016


Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and has written numerous books on biblical theology. He holds the Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He and his wife, Kimberly, have six children and seventeen grandchildren. 

Dr. John Bergsma

Dr. John Bergsma is a Senior Fellow at the St. Paul Center and professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Before entering the Catholic Church, he served as a Protestant pastor for four years. Dr. Bergsma is a prolific author and popular speaker. He specializes in the Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls.


The Most Rev. Thomas Olmsted (Celebrant)

The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., July 2, 1973. He was ­installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix December 20, 2003. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, after being ordained Coadjutor Bishop on April 20, 1999. Before serving in Wichita, he served as the Rector / President of the Pontifical College Josephinum, a Catholic Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.


Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019

Time: 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Place: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
2312 E Campbell Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Cost: $35

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