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ANNOUNCING LECTIO MAGISTRALIS BY
REV. PROF. FRANCIS MOLONEY

 
 
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Renowned scholar and speaker, Rev. Prof. Francis Moloney is in Jerusalem to deliver the lectio magistralis on the occasion of the Dies Academicus of the Salesian Pontifical University’s Jerusalem Campus. The lecture to be delivered at 9am on Saturday 8 October will be on the theme: „The Word of God, Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist: Christian Hope in a Secularized World.“


Francis J. Moloney (SDB, AM, BA, STD, LSS, DPhil (Oxon), FAHA) was born in Melbourne and joined the Australian Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco in 1960.


After completing his undergraduate university studies (BA) and teaching for several years in a Salesian High School, he was sent to Rome to pursue higher Theological studies. In 1970, he was awarded the Licence in Sacred Theology from the Salesian Pontifical University (STL), and in 1972 the Licence in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (LSS).


From 1972-1975 he pursued research at the University of Oxford, UK, and was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from that ancient University in 1976 (DPhil [Oxon]) for his study of the use of the term “the Son of Man” in the Fourth Gospel. He returned to Australia and was the Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological College from 1976 till 1994. In 1994, he was appointed the Foundation Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University, a national Catholic University born in 1991.


In August, 2001, Professor Moloney was elected the President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, the first non-United States citizen ever to hold this prestigious position. The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, appointed Professor Moloney to the International Theological Commission to the Holy See in 1984, and he remained on that important advisory body to the Holy See as one of its longest-serving members for 18 years.


In October of 2003, he was elected Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies in USA. In June, 2005, he was appointed the Provincial Superior of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Australia.


Professor Moloney, a founding editor of the Australian theological journal Pacifica, and an associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, is the author of 36 books and a large number of articles, both scholarly and popular, in journals from all parts of the world, for example: The Gospel of the Lord, Years A, B and C, The Gospel of John,popular commentary on the Catholic Epistles, From James to Jude, The Experience of God in the Fourth Gospel. The latest published book is Love in the gospel of John, published in 2013.

 
 
 
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