Since 2002, Xavier parishioners have been gathering on Wednesday evenings during Lent and other liturgical seasons for Bible study and faith sharing. Each session has a theme, and each evening includes an exploration of biblical passages related to that theme, as well as personal reflection, prayer and discussion.
Previous topics have included:
*The Earth, the Bible and Us: Laudato Si Lent and Easter 2016
*The Merciful God of the Old Testament Advent 2015
•Testimony Lent 2015
*Resurrection Easter Season 2014
*The Annunciation Advent 2013
•Mary Our Jewish Mother: the Human and Divine Feminine in Ancient Israel Lent 2013
•Christ as Relational Messiah Easter Season 2012
•A New Look at the Old Testament Lent 2011
•The Gospel of Mark and Active Imagination Lent 2009, 2010
•The Hebrew Bible and Healing Lent 2007
About the teacher: Lizzie Berne DeGear has been a parishioner here since 1995, and has been leading Bible studies since 2002. A certified hospital chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, she earned her PhD in theology from Union Theological Seminary where she focused on psychoanalytic theory and the Hebrew Bible. She received her Masters in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University, where she focused on the New Testament and Catholic sacramentality. Recent publications on the Bible include: "The Bible as Transformational Object" in Religious Education journal and For She Has Heard: The Standing Stone in Joshua 24 and the Development of a Covenant Symbol, published by Sheffield Phoenix Press. Dr. DeGear is also an adjunct professor for Fordham's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education where she has taught masters students in the areas of Psychology & Religion, and Human Development.
For more information: XavierBibleStudy@gmail.com