Saturday Bible Study
Fr. Jack Hurley's Saturday Bible studies are a regular, and popular, feature of our Faith Formation program - have you ever joined us? Over the years, Fr. Jack has led us in study of the Acts of the Apostles, the Gospels, the Prophetic books of the Bible, the Wisdom books of the Old Testament, St. Paul's Letter to the Romans, the Parables of Mercy, the Psalms, and more.
As pointed out in the reflection below, Fr. Hurley's career as a U. S. Department of State Foreign Service officer, including his visits to many Bible locales, and his interest and pursuits in religion and international relations, lend a unique geopolitical perspective to the studies.
In Fall 2017, he will take up with us St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians, and the "Literary Prophets." On October 7 and 14, Fr. Hurley will address St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and its influence on Martin Luther, in this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation.
On November 4, 11 and 18, the topic will be the "Literary Prophets,” Amos and Hosea, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, and Isaiah, respectively.
We meet from 10:30 to 11:45am in the East Conference Room. All are welcome!
Appreciation for Fr. Hurley’s Bible Studies
During our 175th Anniversary Year, we invited parishioners and friends to share their memories and impressions of St. Matthew's. Parishioner Mary Moran obliged with a reflection on Fr. Hurley's Bible studies.
One of my favorite inspirations at St. Matthew's has been attending Fr. Jack Hurley’s Bible Study sessions over the years. Fr. Hurley is very humble, but he had a very distinguished career for over 15 years as a U. S. State Department Foreign Service Officer, in addition to serving in the Army, including a tour in South Korea, before becoming a priest. As a State Department official, Fr. Hurley’s postings included South Africa, Germany, and South Vietnam in addition to the State Department Headquarters in Washington. Additionally, he occasionally teaches a course in religion and international relations at Catholic University. With his extensive State Department and international insights, Fr. Hurley makes the Bible locations fascinating, as he has been to so many of these places and knows well their geopolitical as well as historic and religious backgrounds.
I'm grateful I've been able to attend a good number of the Bible study gatherings. I not only have developed a better understanding of the Bible, but also a greater knowledge and appreciation for the impact of religion on international affairs.