Dear friends on our Biblical journey together,
Warmest greetings from the General Secretariat of the Catholic Biblical Federation in Sankt Ottilien (Germany)!
As we celebrate the Feast Day of the patron saint of biblical scholars – and I would add of “grass roots biblical scholars” because it was he who “popularized” the Bible, translating it into Latin, the “vulgar” language of the people – St. Jerome, along with that of his illustrious companions Marcela and Paula, I share with you all via this medium best wishes that we may continue to follow the example of St. Jerome in the dedicated and rigorous listening to the Word that God addresses to us in Scripture and that we go on helping others to discover, listen, taste and live the Word of God.
Within three years, on 16 April 2019, the CBF will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The following year, a day like today, 30 September 2020, we will be commemorating the 1600th anniversary of the death of St. Jerome. For this reason, the General Secretariat and the Executive Committee of the Catholic Biblical Federation have launched a campaign in support of the period between 16 April 2019 and 30 September 2020 to be proclaimed in our Church as the “Year of the Bible”. I invite everyone to join this initiative and help in spreading this idea among your colleagues, parish priests, superiors and bishops of your dioceses. For our part we will be promoting it through the official channels of the Church and other institutions and organizations interested in this initiative.
Let today be the first day of the three years of preparation for the Year of the Bible in our Roman Catholic Church!
Fr. Jan J. Stefanow SVD
CBF General Secretary