Exploring the Gospel of Luke: The Cosmic Battle

Fr. Michael Patella

Fr. Michael Patella, OSB

If asked, many would rank the Gospel of Luke as their favorite among the New Testament writings. With its attention on outcasts, women, and salvation history, Luke features some of the best stories in the New Testament, displaying topics foundational to the development of the Christian Tradition. Underlying these colorful themes lies the Gospel narrative's primary focus — Jesus's cosmic battle with the Devil.  

Fr. Michael Patella will present on the Gospel of Luke and show how its component parts all underscore Christ's role in defeating Satan and establishing the reign of God.

Fr. Michael Patella made his solemn profession as a monk of Saint John’s Abbey in 1989 and was ordained a priest in 1990.  He served as the chair of the Committee on Illumination and Text for The Saint John’s Bible.  He holds a License in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem.  Fr. Michael is a professor of New Testament at Saint John’s University and teaches in its School of Theology and Seminary, where he also serves as the seminary rector and director of the Holy Land Studies program.  He has written in the area of Luke-Acts, Paul, Mark, and angels and demons.  His work, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible (Liturgical Press, 2013), addresses the theology, art, and interpretation of The Saint John’s Bible.  He is currently writing on the Gospel of Luke for the Jerome Biblical Commentary, Fully Revised Edition.  Fr. Michael is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Dates & Locations

Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 7180 Hemlock Lane N Maple Grove, MN 55369

Friday, January 25, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

Friday, February 8, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Bellasera Hotel, 221 Ninth Street South, Naples, Florida 

Thursday, February 21, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Church of Saint Mary, 421 Hawthorne Street, Alexandria, MN 56308

Friday, March 1, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

DATE CHANGE: Thursday, April 4, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403 

Theology Day is a chance for people in our communities who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and its place in their everyday lives to learn from and interact with the theologians of Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary. It offers a chance for these scholars to gain insights and grow in their faith, as well.

A typical Theology Day consists of registration and refreshments, followed by a period of conversation/presentation/lecture. The conversation then continues as participants are given a chance to continue their discussions with one another. Morning presentations at Emmaus Hall are followed by a complimentary lunch for all participants, and most evening sessions include refreshments.

There is no fee for Theology Day, but registration is required.  Free-will offerings and gifts to support the mission of the School of Theology·Seminary are gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact our Development Office at 320-363-3560 or [email protected].

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