Spring Hill College was recently awarded one of three grants from the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) for a project that supports the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and interpretation.
Timothy Carmody, PhD, Professor and Graduate Program Director, was awarded $10,000 for the development and teaching of three courses in Biblical Studies of first-year deacon candidates of the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi. The courses will provide an introduction to Biblical Studies and Revelation as well as in-depth studies of the prophets and the synoptic gospels.
Spring Hill has a rich history of offering graduate theology for the Diocese of Jackson, dating back to the early 1980s. Our new partnership involves designing the Deacon Formation Program and offering the academic portion of the program for graduate credit leading to a Master of Theological Studies for the prospective deacons and their wives. The program will also be open to lay ministers and others of the Diocese.
“The CCD/Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) grant not only helps to fund the creation and implementation of this program for its first year, but it gives validation for our over three decades long partnership with the Diocese in offering top-notch lay and clerical theological education in the deep South,” said Carmody. “The grant is a recognition of the academic and ministerial quality of this partnership.”
The CCD works with the CBA to offer these grants, accepting applications only from the CBA, including the organization itself, its designees and its full and associate members. The CBA's purpose is to promote scholarly study in Scripture and related fields by meetings of the association, publications and support to those engaged in such studies.
Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre and Member of the CCD/CBA Liaison Committee, commented, "It is heartening to see the renewed interest in biblical literacy at every level of formation and church life. I am glad that the CCD/CBA grants will foster practical responses to this interest."
Funding for these grants comes from the royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works which the CCD develops, publishes, promotes and distributes. For more information about the grants, please visit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website.