Summer Scripture Conference 2020

"Interpreting Scripture in the Church"

Summer Scripture Conference

June 21-26, 2020

“Interpreting Scripture in the Church”

The Bible should be interpreted in and with the Church because its interpretation ” has immediate consequences for our personal and community relationship with God and is closely connected with the Church’s mission” Pope St. John Paul II, “Address on the Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” 28 April 1993.

For this year’s topic, the presenters will be addressing how the Biblical settings, ancient culture, letters and methods are used to interpret Holy Scripture.

SUMMER SCRIPTURE CONFERENCE REMAINS ON SCHEDULE. Any updates and changes will be posted once information becomes available.

Confirmed speakers presenting at the Summer Scripture Conference 2020 in scheduled order.

For biographical information, click on the highlighted name.

  • Timothy Milinovich, PhD
    Associate Professor & Chair of Theology
    Director of Catholic Studies
    Chair, University Curriculum Committee
  • Amy-Jill Levine, PhD
    Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
    Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies
    (Divinity and A&S);
    Affiliated Professor,
    Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge.

Professor in the Departments of Biblical Studies and Homiletics and Pre-Theology, University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, will present a lecture about C.S. Lewis and Scripture


The Summer Scripture Conference is best appreciated if you can attend the entire week with overnight stays. The Conference has always mirrored Genesis in that a speaker begins in the evening, then finishes their lectures in the morning. Later in the evening is considered a favorite aspect of the Conference with Evening Prayer followed by the Social where Scripture scholars and attendees mix and mingle to discuss and share all things Scripture and the faith.

Most attendees come for the full week with overnight stays and come from all over the United States. Many locals attend as full conference commuters, enjoying the entire schedule of lectures, meals, prayer and social but going home at night.

The Summer Scripture Conference is open for registration. Download the registration form or register online 

CONFERENCE NOTES: Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, for her lectures,  would like all attendees to have a copy of the Jewish Annotated New Testament, 2nd edition 2017.

ADDED BONUS! Fr. John Lodge, SSL, STD  will present on C.S. Lewis, Thursday June 25th at 1:15 pm.


Intended Audience:

Any lover of Sacred Scripture.

Speakers and audience come from anywhere across and even outside the United States. The approximate audience is a blend of ordained priests & deacons, religious brothers or sisters, lay ministers, educators, catechists and those seeking deeper knowledge of Scripture.

The Summer Scripture Conference is the premier continuing education program of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake by the Institute for Ongoing Formation.  Since the early 1970’s, it has enjoyed a loyal commitment on the part of participants.  Ninety percent of our students return each year.

The Summer Scripture Conference has become a community of women and men committed to ministry and learning in the Church.

The Conference was begun and inspired by Vatican II and continues on, anchored by the understanding of Scripture as the soul of theology.

The Summer Scripture Conference is a cooperative venture by the Institute for Ongoing Formation and the Department of Biblical Exegesis and Proclamation of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake.

The outstanding faculty of the program is drawn from the top biblical scholars and theologians in the United States.




Presented by the Institute for Pastoral Leadership

Diana Bernacki, Program Coordinator
dbernacki@usml.edu  OR  847-837-4575

All rooms private with private bath (unless coming with chosen roommate)

Rooms are all air-conditioned

Wi Fi is available all over campus

Rooms are furnished with bedding and towels, bar soap.

Rooms do NOT have alarm clocks, televisions or hair dryers

Please park in Purple Lot

Check in at South Residence Hall building 300

Campus map and directions are available at: www.usml.edu


1000 E Maple Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060, United States