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Colloque international : L’animation biblique de toute la pastorale – Enjeux pédagogiques
2 January 2017

“God’s Word is at Work in You Who Believe” (cf. 1 Th 2:13)

Bible – Pastoral – Didactics (Program)

More than one century ago, Leo XIII was wishing that “practicing the Scriptures be the soul of theology”; more recently, Benedict XVI was calling for a “biblical inspiration of all pastoral activity, while Pope Francis said that the Scriptures had to be recognized as “source of evangelization” and as “heart of all ecclesial activity”.

The international Conference “God’s Word is at Work in You Who Believe / Bible – Pastoral – Didactics”, on Animatio biblica totius actionis pastoralis, will seek to answer this double-folded question: through which processes will

  • the research on the Bible become the source of all theological work and teaching?
  • the personal familiarisation of the faithful with the Scriptures be at the source of the transformation of “the whole pastoral activity” (liturgy, fraternal life, social commitment, catechesis, etc.)?


Friday, March 3

10:00 Reception and registration
13:30 Official opening of the conference: Welcome – opening prayer
The Most Rev. Prof. Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, archbishop of Luxembourg
Prof. Jean Ehret, Ph.D., Ph.D., Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, director
13:45 General presentation of the Conference including a brief word about the concept of “BATAP” and the need to make progress in its understanding and its consequences
Prof. Daniel Laliberté, Ph.D. (LSRS)

First session: Asking the question / first part: Academic look

“They were saying to one another: What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12)
14:00 A point of view from Exegesis
Prof. em. Maurice Gilbert SJ, Ph.D. (Rome, Jerusalem)
14:45 Questions of understanding
15:00 A point of view from Practical Theology
Prof. Joël Molinario, Ph.D. (Institut catholique de Paris)
15:45 Questions of understanding
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 A point of view from Didactics
Prof. Judith Könemann, Ph.D. (Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Münster)
17:15 Questions of understanding
17:30 Plenary discussion
18:00 Dinner

Public lecture

“Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my paths” (Ps 118:105)
20:00 Lectio divina, a way to the heart of the Scriptures,
source of biblical animation of the whole pastoral life

Experimentation, Reflections, Discussion with the audience
Prof. Nuria Calduch-Benages, Ph.D. (Ponitificia Università Gregoriana, Rome)

Saturday, March 4

08:45 Morning prayer

First session: Asking the question / second part: Geo-culturel look

“They were saying to one another: What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12)
Panel discussion
09:00 Eastern Europe/Catholic Biblical Federation – Jan Stefanow SVD, Ph.D. (CBF)
09:40 Asia – Prof. Sr. Maria Ko FMA, Ph.D. (Hongkong, Rome)
10:20 Coffee break
10:50 Latin America – Prof. Guillermo Acero CJM (CELAM, Cebitepal)
11:30 Africa – Gilbert Munana OP (Rwanda, Louvain-la-Neuve)
12:10 Plenary discussion
12:30 Lunch

Second session: Understanding the question(s)

“What is written in the law? How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26)
14:00 Introduction lecture
“Biblica animatio totius actionis pastoralis”:
a new perspective “to break the deadlock”?

Prof. em. Thomas Osborne, Ph.D. (CBF)
14:45 Round table reactions – debate 
What are the consequences of this understanding of “BATAP” in…
• biblical academic work (exegesis and biblical theology)?
• teaching theology?
• forming pastors (ordained and lay)?
• forming the faithful and implement BATAP at the level of the christian communities?
Members of the panel (15 min. each)
• A biblist and pastoral theologian – Prof. François-Xavier Amherdt, Ph.D. (Fribourg, Suisse)
• A systematic theologian – Prof. Jean Ehret, Ph.D., Ph.D. (LSRS)
• A practical theologian – Prof. Nicolas Cochand, Ph.D. (Institut protestant de théologie, Paris)
• A pastoral worker – Christiane Kremer-Hoffmann (LSRS)
15:45 Coffee break
16:15 Plenary discussion
17:15 Conclusion

Evening Program

18:30 “Let there be light !" (Gn 1:3) – Biblical audiovisual paraphrase
Lucie Brousseau, art. dir.
20:00 Dinner

Sunday, March 5

07:00 Breakfast
08:00 Sunday mass

Third session: Teaching in view of the BATAP

“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season” (2 Tim 4:2)
09:00 Lecture: Pedagogical challenges and perspectives in the teaching of Scriptures and of Theology
Prof. Yves Guérette, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Québec)
09:45 Moving towards the workshop rooms
10:00 Workshops by specialties
(exegesis, practical theology, pastoral work)
11:30 Plenary session and final reflections
Prof. Georg Rubel, Ph.D. (LSRS)
13:00 Lunch

The deployment of the approach of the conference is confided to a scientific committee

  • Prof. Jean Ehret, Ph.D., Ph.D., Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, Luxembourg
  • Prof. Daniel Laliberté, Ph.D., Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, Luxembourg
  • Prof. Georg Rubel, Ph.D., Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, Luxembourg
  • Ms. Kathi Lentz, lic. theol., scientific collaborator, Luxembourg School of Religion & Society, Luxembourg
  • Prof. Judith Könemann, Ph.D., Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Münster
  • Prof. Nuria Calduch-Benages, Ph.D., Ponitificia Università Gregoriana, Rome
  • Prof. Guillermo Acero CJM, CELAM, Cebitepal
  • Prof. Joël Molinario, Ph.D., Institut catholique de Paris
  • Prof. Yves Guérette, Ph.D., Université Laval, Québec
  • Prof. em. Thomas P. Osborne, Ph.D., Catholic Biblical Federation


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BATAP – Program for the colloquium
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