Ecumenical conference on the Virgin Mary

Newburgh New York on August 4, 5 and 6

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The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA [ESBVM USA] will hold a conference on “Mary in Scripture” at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York, on August 4, 5 and 6. The meeting is open to all interested people, including scholars, those in ministry, and parishioners.

* Presentations on Thursday, August 4:

         Dr. Robert Miller, “Jesus and Mary at Cana: What did Jesus really say?”

         Fr. Sebastien Abalodo, SM, “Mary, Mother of our Savior: A biblical approach.”

        Andrew Brookes, OP (Blackfriars, England), “The Virgin, the  Pregnancy, the Law and the      Ark: a fresh look at the accounts of Mary’s conception of Jesus and the pregnancy in Luke and              Matthew.”

        Dr. Mary Frances McKenna, “Mary in the Gospels, the figure of history and faith.”

       Choral performance,  Christ Lutheran Church, Newburgh, NY

* Presentations on Friday, August 5:

        Mr. Jonathan Lincoln, “Mary in the Messianic Psalms: Prophecy and Typology  in Genesis         3:15 and Psalms 44 and 131.”

        Fr. Michael Pacella III, “Considering the thoughts on Mary by Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Gregory Palamas, and Saint John of Damascus as grounds for ecumenical discussion.”

          A panel discussion representing ministry from local Protestant churches

          An ecumenical prayer service

* Presentations on Saturday, August 6:

         Mr. Michael Duricy, “Biblical Portrayals of Mary in Film.”

         Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, “New insights on Mary, employing Hebrew  biblical anthropology … ruah, nefesh, and leb.

            An open forum for all attendees and speakers

            An ecumenical prayer service

            Dr. Adam DeVille (keynote speaker, author of Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity), “East-West Agreement on the Ecclesiological and Ecumenical Impact of the Dogmatic Definition of the Immaculate Conception.”

        The ESBVM, founded 50 years ago in England and 40 years ago in the USA, exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer.  Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity. Members of ESBVM USA receive four newsletters and two electronic magazines per year that publish the presentations made at conferences. For more information and to register, email (and please write “2016 Conference” in the subject line.)  Also see .



Virginia Kimball
(978) 590-5174

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