USML | Summer Scripture

Institute for Ongoing Formation

Summer Scripture

Intended Audience: Any lover of Sacred Scripture.

For general information on the Summer Scripture Seminar click here.


  Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the 40th anniversary of Summer Scripture Seminar.


SAve the Dates

June 21-26, 2015 - “Parables"


June 19-24, 2016  - "Psalms and Prayer"






Seminar begins Sunday evening and concludes Friday after lunch.

EARLY Registration:   Payment must be received by May 15, 2015


Registration Form - full program
(use to register for the full conference for both those staying overnight and commuters)

Partial Registrations also available. May attend by day, by speaker series, or by individual lecture, or any combination with or without overnight stay. The full benefits of the seminar are enjoyed when attending meals and evening socials, which invite camaraderie and meaningful conversations with fellow attendees and speakers.

Partial Registration Form  (choose by lecture or speaker - no early bird discount available however discounts apply when attending 3 lectures)


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The schedule for Summer Scripture Seminar includes ample time for meals, prayer, relaxation, fellowship and of course the lectures by some of the finest scholars.

2014 Schedule



Each year, the Summer Scripture Seminar assembles a faculty from among the best biblical exegetes and theologians to lead the program.  Faculty are drawn from USML, the several theological faculties in Chicago and from universities across the USA.  When you attend the Summer Scripture Seminar, you will hear from scholars who literally “wrote to book” on contemporary scholarship.  In the coming seminar, we welcome the following scholars as presenters:

Bios for 2014 Summer Scripture Speakers

Rev. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D.

Father Hoppe is Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is a member of the Assumption Province of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans). He holds an M.A. in theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology (1976-79) and Mundelein Seminary (1979-81). He has been visiting professor at North Park Theological Seminary (Chicago), Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), and the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (Jerusalem). He was the general editor of The Bible Today (1991-1996). He has written ten books including Joshua /Judges, The Synagogues and Churches of Ancient Palestine and The Lands of the Bible. Fr. Hoppe wrote the study-guides to Joshua, 2Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, and 1 and 2 Maccabees for The New Catholic Study Bible. In addition to his writing and teaching, he has participated in several archaeological projects in Israel. Sites where he has excavated include Caesarea Maritima, Meiron, Nabratein and Sepphoris.


Rev. John Kartje, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Father Kartje is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, serving as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics at Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake.  He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago; M.Div and S.T.B. from the  University of St. Mary of the Lake; and S.T.L and S.T.D. from Catholic University of America. He is the former Associate pastor at St. Benedict Parish, former Chaplain and Director of Sheil Catholic Center, Northwestern University, and a Member of the Catholic Biblical Association. Fr. Kartje’s doctoral work was on the Book of Psalms.


Gina Hens-Piazza, M.Phil., S.T.L., Ph.D.

Professor Gina Hens-Piazza is Professor of Biblical Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.  She received her MA in Biblical Studies from Vanderbilt University and subsequently taught at the University of Portland from 1979-1988.  In 1992, she received her PhD from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  The Deuteronomistic History and the Prophets has been a particular focus of her teaching and writing.  She is the author of four books and numerous articles that address topics of biblical justice, specifically in regards to women.  She lecturs nationally and internationally and in 2002 was the recipient of the Catholic Press Association Award for her work on violence against women in Joshua and Judges.  In 2006, Dr. Hens-Piazza was honored as the Graduate Theological Union Distinguished Faculty Lecturer and in 2008 she became the fourth recipient of the National Sarlo Foundation Award for excellence in teaching.  


Rev. David G. Monaco, C.P., S.S.L., Ph.D.

Father Monaco recently completed his PhD in biblical studies from the University of Chicago. He also holds an SSL in biblical studies from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and has spent the past five years teaching at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. He teaches Hebrews I and Introduction to the Old Testament.  He was ordained for the Congregation of the Passion in 1990.


Very Rev. Robert Barron, M.A., S.T.D.

Very Reverend Robert Barron, was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986.  He served as associate pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish before undertaking post-graduate studies in France.  Upon completion of his doctorate, he joined the faculty of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary.  Father Barron has held a number of positions at Mundelein, including chairperson and professor in the Department of Systematic Theology and associate director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.  Additionally, Father Barron founded Word on Fire, a Catholic evangelism ministry.  He is the author of eight books, including  The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path, Creation as Discipleship,  A Study of the DePotentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich, Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, And Now I See:  A Theology of Transformation, Heaven in Stone and Glass and Bridging the Great Divide and The Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ and of the Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism. Articles on theology and the spiritual life have appeared in numerous journals. Father Barron received the M.A. (Philosophy) from the Catholic University of America, the S.T.B., M.Div., and S.T.L. from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary and the S.T.D. from the Institut Catholique de Paris.



Rev. Lawrence Hennessey, S.T.L., Ph.D.

Father Hennessey is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and a professor in the Department of Systematic Theology at Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake.  He holds S.T.B. and M.A./S.T.L. degrees from the School of Theology, Catholic University of America; M.A. in Classical Languages; and Ph.D., in Classical Philology and Early Christian Theology and Literature, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Catholic University of America.  He is Associate Professor at Washington Theological Union and Adjunct Professor at Catholic University of America. Member of the North American Patristic Society, the Catholic Historical Association, and the American Society of Church History.




June 22-27, 2014: “Conquest & Kingship: Leadership in Joshua,Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings”

2014 Speakers:     

Rev. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D. (Sunday 6/22 pm/Monday 6/23 am)

  • What Is a King To Do?  Deut 17:14-20”
  • Priests & Prophets: Deut 18:1-22
  •  The Deuteronomic Alternative:  Deut 16:18–18:22"

Rev. John Kartje, Ph.D., S.T.D. (Mon. 6/23 pm/Tues. 6/24 am)

  • “Identifying Biblical Wisdom Motifs in the   Deuteronomic History”
  • “Conquering Wisely: The Biblical Warrior as Student and Sage”                                       
  • “Educating the Prince: Royal Wisdom Beyond Solomon”

Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza, Ph.D.(Tues. 6/24 pm/Wed. 6/25 am)

  • “Supporting Cast vs. Supporting Caste - The  Major Importance of Minor Biblical Characters”
  • “Two Starving Mothers Before a King –    II Kings 6. 24-31”
  • “A Servant Girl Overshadows a Military   General – II Kings 5”

Rev. David G. Monaco, C.P., Ph.D. (Wed. 6/25 pm/Thurs. 6/26 am)

  • “Struck from the Left: Ehud in   Judges 3:;12-4:1”
  • “How to Split and Doom Two Kingdoms in Two Easy Lessons: Rehoboam and Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11:45 - 14:31”
  • “Samson as the Anti-Judge: Judges 13-16” 

Very Rev. Robert Barron, M.A., S.T.D. (Thursday 6/26 evening) 

  • “The Archetypes of the King in the Old Testament: Reflections on Adam, Moses & David”

Rabbi Michael Balinsky    (Friday 6/27 Morning)

  • “But What of the Canaanites? Classical Jewish Commentaries on the Conquest of the Land of Israel”

Rev. Lawrence Hennessey, S.T.L., Ph.D.    (Friday 6/27 Morning)

  •  “Early Christian Exegesis of Old Testament History”






June 23-28, 2013: “Hard Sayings of the Bible”


2013 Speakers:     










Attendee Comments

“Summer Scripture Seminar is the perfect combination of erudition, stimulation, relaxation, pastoral sharing, spiritual renewal, and even physical exercise. My time at Mundelein is like an Emmaus trek with Jesus, and my heart burns with joy and insight the rest of the year.  Your hospitality invites, your grounds and buildings enchant, your vision inspires. I thank you each year….” - Fr. John


“I love the conversations at the table and in the living room. The camaraderie is worth the price of admission. The Summer Scripture Seminar presents a week of Biblical experts on a themed topic that year after year exceeds my expectations. It truly gives strength to my faith, food for the soul and a pure and lasting source for my spiritual life.”       - Deacon Bill


“This is an intellectual banquet. The rich ideas are accompanied by the convictions and enthusiasm of the speakers as well."


“An indispensable aid to me in refocusing myself and my ministry in rediscovering my rootedness in the revealed Word of God and in opening new perspectives on Scriptures which I have allowed to become stale.”

Contact Us

Associate Director, Megan Deichl    847.837.4558


Vice President/Director: Rev. Martin Zielinski 847.970.4875


Co-Director, Dr. Elizabeth Nagel    


Rev. John Lodge

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