Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Escape from the Holocaust

Geoscience and Archaeology

Join Professor Freund as he recounts the dramatic escape attempt from a camp in Vilna, Lithuania (the "Jerusalem of the North") that occurred on the last night of Passover 1944, when only 11 lived to tell the story.* In this talk, Professor Freund will discuss his recent excavation in Vilna where he and his team used state-of-the-art technologies to uncover the hidden escape tunnel, dug by heroic prisoners over 76 nights, along with a mass grave at the site that had been lost for decades.

March 28, 7 pm at Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford, CT. (Contact the synagogue directly for registration details.)

This will be Dr. Freund's final Hartford-area presentation prior to the April 19 PBS premier of NOVA's Holocaust Escape Tunnel. Check local listings for airing times and channels.

*From NOVA’s Holocaust Escape Tunnel project description.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Last Day to Register

Prof. Harold Attridge
Our Celebration of Sacred Scripture is next Saturday, March 25, 12:30-4:30 at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. "Coffee and" will be available beginning at noon, and the program will start promptly at 12:30.

If you haven't reserved your place, today is the last day to register! Dr. Harold Attridge will be speaking on Transformative Encounters in the Gospel of John.


Click here to register: Celebration of Sacred Scripture. Or call us at the
Archdiocese of Hartford Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis, 860-242-5573.

You won't want to miss this!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Remythologizing the Myths: Genesis

Chapter Two 
Adventures Gone Sideways continued
Inspired by Genesis 3

Then they plopped down onto the warm sand and rested in the sunshine for a while...

The salmon berries were no riper here than on the valley side, so as their hunger grew fierce, the man and the woman hiked into the forest to see what else might fill their bellies. The territory was unfamiliar and therefore very exciting. They saw new creatures and laughed at a strange gray animal scampering high in the canopy to fret the perching condors and dodos. ("Squirrels," thought the woman.)

The  man and the woman wandered farther and farther away from the lakeside into the afternoon. They were happy, doing what they loved most, stretching muscles and sharpening minds. They noticed some new kinds of trees with blue-green needles like porcupine quills. They drank from a stream and found crunchy grubs to eat on the rocky bank.

Now, the stream was fast moving and wound in wide arcs through a rippling gorge. As they followed the stream along, a flock of birds flying away towards the distant west drew the woman and the man's curiosity. The young people had never seen such birds, small and swift and colored the same yellowish salmon as the berries they'd inspected that morning. They took the birds for a sign and began running after the flock.

Skirting around a sudden bend in the gorge, the woman stopped, sudden, in her tracks. The man behind her also stopped, gaping in disbelief at an enormous hill that had seemed to just step sideways into their gorge as they'd rounded the bend. The hill was distant and had no trees on top, and its bald pate was covered in white. "Mountain," the boy decided with confidence (and a little bravado, truth be told). "That's the right name for that big hill."

They kept hiking westward, away from the lake, toward the mountain. They quite lost track of the time until the sun's rays became a nuisance in their forward-gazing eyes.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Harold Attridge on John's Gospel

Sign up online this week! There is no charge for this event, but we do need to know you're coming. The deadline to register is March 17, 2017. Click here to save your seat: Celebration of Sacred Scripture.