Dr. Scott Hahn Named To Saint Vincent Seminary Chair


LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA – Saint Vincent Seminary has announced the appointment of noted author, speaker and professor, Dr. Scott Hahn, as the inaugural Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at Saint Vincent Seminary.

“One of the great needs in the Church today is effective preaching of the Word of God,” said Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., Chancellor. “To meet this need, this chair was established as a critical component of our Expanding the Vision Capital Campaign.

“Thanks to generous donations from Mr. and Mrs. John F. Donahue and Dr. and Mrs. George Magovern, Sr., the Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at Saint Vincent Seminary has been established,” Archabbot Douglas said. “The Saint Vincent Seminary community expresses sincere gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. Donahue and Dr. and Mrs. Magovern for their leadership within the Catholic Church and for their longstanding commitment to the formation of priests. Generations to come will benefit from their generosity.”

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Hahn to our Seminary,” Board of Regents Chairman John C. Marous, Jr., said. “As anyone who has ever heard him speak or has read his many books or listened to one of his hundreds of tapes can tell you, Dr. Hahn has been blessed with the gift of bringing to life the teachings of our Catholic faith and how that faith is rooted in Sacred Scripture. We are grateful that he will be involved in helping future generations of priests to become more effective in preaching and teaching the Good News as a member of the faculty of Saint Vincent Seminary.”

“Dr. Hahn has a remarkable ability to draw from the Old and New Testaments and the Catholic theological and liturgical traditions, and communicate these in an integrated way to everyone who seeks to live the life of grace in all its fullness,” commented Very Rev. Kurt Belsole, O.S.B., Seminary Rector. Dr. Hahn’s appointment will be effective in 2005.

Dr. Hahn is a former Presbyterian minister and former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple major in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College in 1979, his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University in 1995. His intense study of scripture led to his conversion to the Catholic faith in 1986.

A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hahn serves as a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He also served as a visiting professor at Saint Vincent Seminary in 2000. He is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. His latest book, Swear to God: The Promise and Power of the Sacraments was published by Doubleday in May 2004. A best selling author, other books from Dr. Hahn include Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church (Emmaus Road, November 2003); Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession (Doubleday, March 2003); First Comes Love: Finding your Family in the Church and the Trinity (Doubleday, May 2002); Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God (Doubleday, April 2001); The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth (November, 1999); A Father Who Keeps His Promises (Servant Publications, August 1997). In addition, he served as co- author (along with his wife, Kimberly) of Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism (Ignatius Press, 1993) and co-editor of Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God (Emmaus Road, January 1998). Dr. Hahn has also written numerous articles and is editor of “Scripture Matters” as it appears in Envoy Magazine. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, more than 500 of Dr. Hahn’s talks have been produced on audio and video tapes by St. Joseph Communications.

Other books from Dr. Hahn include Understanding Our Father: Biblical Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer, 2002; Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The Gospel of Luke, with Curtis Mitch, 2001; Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The Gospel of Mark, with Curtis Mitch, 2001; Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, with Curtis Mitch, 2000; and “Kinship by Covenant: A Biblical Theological Analysis of Covenant Types and Texts in the Old and New Testaments,” Ph.D. Diss, Marquette Univ., 1995.

Dr. Hahn is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature; Catholic Biblical Association; Catholic Theological Society of America; Fellowship of Catholic Scholars; North American Patristic Society; Society of Catholic Social Scientists; and the Society of Christian Ethics. He and his wife Kimberly have six children.

Dr. Scott Hahn’s website is www.scotthahn.com.