Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A. will share her keynote address, titled “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” (Romans 10:15) on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 9:00 am.
This passage from Paul describes both the urgency in proclaiming the gospel and the delight in hearing it. It sets the twofold challenge in preaching. It must be alive and dynamic, and it must touch the minds and hearts of the hearers. Drawing on insights from Evangelii Gaudium, his presentation will examine the role of preaching in the Sunday assembly.
Bergant is the Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wis.; an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University.
Bergant was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-1) and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today. Bergant was a member of the editorial board of that magazine for twenty-five years, five of those years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She is now on the editorial board of Biblical Theology Bulletin, and Chicago Studies. From 2002 through 2005, Bergant wrote the weekly column “The Word” for America magazine. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology, and feminism.