Scott Hahn to keynote priest convocation

BRIDGEPORT- Noted author, theologian and international speaker Dr. Scott Hahn will be the keynote speaker at the Sixth Convocation of Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport on Sunday, October 9 to Wednesday, October 12.

The convocation, held every three years, is expected to draw 150 active and retired priests from the Diocese of Bridgeport. The three-day retreat will be held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, West Neck Road, Lloyds Harbor, Long Island, New York.

The theme of the convocation is “The Road to Emmaus: Reading Scripture from the Heart of the Church.”

“We look forward to getting together at the convocation, which is a means to strengthen he fraternal bonds among us and contribute to our spiritual formation,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano in his invitation letter to priests.

The bishop said Dr. Hahn is known for his research on Early Christianity during the Apostolic Age and brings scholarly insight into the early Church Fathers as the diocese works toward renewal and in the spirit of evangelization.

Dr. Hahn, who is the Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, will give four talks beginning on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m.

Father Frank T. Hoffmann, diocesan Vicar for Clergy, has coordinated planning for the convocation experience, which is designed to support each priest spiritually and emotionally and to promote understanding and collaboration.

Father Hoffmann said that on Tuesday evening, the priests will gather for a banquet to honor priests who will be celebrating special anniversaries of ordination. The celebration will also be an opportunity to welcome newly ordained priests and recognize those who are about to retire after years of faithful priestly service.

Committee members who have joined in planning the convocation are Father Hoffmann, Dr. Corey Piccinino, Father Robert Kinnally, Father Peter Lenox, Msgr. William Scheyd, Father Rolando Arias, and Father Augustine Nguyen.

The Sixth Convocation of Priests of the Diocese of Bridgeport is in part funded by a grant through Foundations in Faith.