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Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ
Vatican astronomer Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno will be blogging on astronomy in the Bible and how Scripture views the universe.
Curator of the Vatican’s meteorite collection, Brother Guy has been at the Vatican Observatory since 1993. His current research has him exploring connections between meteorites, asteroids, and the evolution of small solar system bodies.
He writes regularly for the British Catholic journal The Tablet and has authored more than 100 scientific articles and several books, including “God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion.”
Originally from Detroit, Brother Guy earned degrees from Boston’s MIT and a PhD in planetary science from the University of Arizona. He served in the Peace Corps in Kenya and taught college physics in the U.S. before entering the Jesuits in 1989.
Father Michael Kolarcik, SJ
Jesuit Father Michael Kolarcik will be blogging on Genesis.
Michael Kolarcik was born in British Columbia in 1950. After graduating from high school in Italy he entered the Society of Jesus in Guelph, Ontario. He studied philosophy in Guelph and theology in Toronto in preparation for priestly ordination in 1979. A course in biblical studies for the licentiate and the doctorate followed at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, ending in 1989. Since then he has been lecturing on the Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures at Regis College, Toronto, but has traveled to Regina, Saskatchewan, several times to Bratislava, Slovakia, as well to Nairobi, Kenya, always to lecture on his favorite areas of Scripture: the Covenant, the Psalms, Genesis, Job, the Prophets and the Wisdom of Solomon.
Father Glen Lewandowski, OSC, and Father Jerry Schik, OSC
Crosier Fathers Glen Lewandowski and Jerry Schik will be team blogging on the Gospel of Luke.
Father Lewandowski is a member of the 2008 world Synod of Bishops on the Bible and has been master general of the Canons Regular of the Order of the Holy Cross (Crosiers) since 2003. Before that, he taught New Testament at the interdiocesan seminary of the province of Irian Jaya in Indonesia in 1981-2003.
He holds a doctorate in practical theology from the University of Chicago and his master’s in biblical theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
He says his “interest in the Bible was first peaked after the Second Vatican Council when the readings began to be proclaimed in English. In those heady years, when I was in my teens, I was utterly fascinated, even stunned, to hear the First Letter of John and the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians. These are the first two books of the Bible I ever read through in their entirety. I've been impressed with Paul and John ever since.”
His blogging partner, Father Schik, joined the Crosier Order 40 years ago. He has a master’s in biblical theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn. Ordained a priest in 1975, he has served as a novice director for the Crosiers and as a parochial vicar and as pastor in several parishes. He says his special interest in parochial work has been ministry to the unemployed and has served as the leader of a support group for job seekers.
Father Scott M. Lewis, SJ
Jesuit Father Scott M. Lewis will be blogging on the Gospel of John.
Father Lewis was born in Honolulu and is a member of the California Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his SSL from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1991) and his STD in New Testament Theology from the Gregorian University Rome in 1996.
He taught and gave retreats in Jerusalem for two years before joining the faculty at Regis College at the Toronto School of Theology, where he is an associate professor of New Testament and director of the Manresa Retreat Centre in Pickering, Ontario.
He has published “What Are They Saying About New Testament Apocalyptic?” (Paulist Press) and “Gospel According to John and the Johannine Letters” (Liturgical Press, Collegeville Commentary Series). His current project is a book on the role of Scripture in religious violence.
Uta Sievers will be blogging on Ruth, Judith and Esther.
Sievers lives in Rome and is the communications officer for the Social Justice Secretariat of the Jesuits at their headquarters near the Vatican. Originally from Germany, she has spent the last eight years living and working in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Italy.
Her recent blogging experiences include "This Ignatian Life" (http://ignatianlife.org/blog/) where she has contributed reflections on the Bible for the first time. Her interest in the Old Testament led her to study Jewish history and religion as a minor, and to write her final thesis in comparative literature (her major) on “The Psalms in Modern Poetry.”
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