Pope Francis appoints Fr Adrian to Pontifical Biblical Commission

Rev Dr Adrian Graffy, scripture scholar, author, director of CEF and parish priest in the Diocese of Brentwood has been appointed by Pope Francis to become a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

This commission, established in 1902, has the task of promoting the study of the Bible among Catholics and to illuminate and discuss issues arising from interpretations of Sacred Scripture.

On his appointment, Fr Adrian said, “It is an honour to be nominated by Pope Francis as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. I feel humbled and very much look forward to being of service to His Holiness and the Church.” Fr Adrian at Scripture ConferenceHe added, “A great deal has been achieved in England and Wales in recent years by many co-workers to advance Biblical scholarship and the provision of easy-to-use resources. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them and the Bishops’ Conference Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis for promoting understanding and love of the Bible, particularly through the publication of the teaching documents The Gift of Scripture and the study guide to Verbum Domini, The Word of the Lord.”  (Links to these two CTS publications can be found on WhatGoodNews’ home page.)

Rt Rev Alan Williams, sm, Bishop of Brentwood, said: “Fr Adrian takes an enormously valued lead in supporting parishes in our diocese to know their faith better so as to be able to share it. The news of his appointment by Pope Francis is wonderful and a cause of celebration. It serves as a reminder of the centrality of the Scriptures to the Christian life and is a source of encouragement for us all to seek ways of deepening our prayer with, and understanding of, God’s Word. This is a great honour for Dr Graffy and a great honour for the Church in England and Wales.”

Rt Rev Seamus Cunningham, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle Diocese and member of the National Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis, said: “This is a tremendous honour for Fr Graffy and I am delighted for him. It is a just affirmation of his tireless work to encourage the Word of God to be read and heard. The Bible, as the Sacred Scripture, is a living Word which, through the power of the Holy Spirit, changes lives. The work to which Fr Graffy has been called to do by His Holiness is invaluable.”

Fr Adrian received his doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in 1983. He taught for over 20 years in St John’s Seminary in Wonersh, and is Chair of the National Scripture Working Group, which is an instrument of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.  He is parish priest of Christ the Eternal High Priest in Gidea Park, Essex and Director of Brentwood’s Commission for Evangelisation and Formation which publishes this website.  Among his most recent publications are The Gospel of Mark and the Letter to the Romans (part of the Take and Read series, edited by Fr Adrian and published by Alive Publishing).  His weekly gospel reflections can be found on WhatGoodNews.

The appointment to the Pontifical Commission is for five years. The next plenary session of the twenty members of the Commission is 13-17 April, 2015.

The Commission for Evangelisation and Formation offer their good wishes as Fr Adrian continues to promote Scripture in his new role.

Bible Sunday: Coming to love and understand the Scriptures better

In an interview for Vatican Radio to mark Bible Sunday, Fr Adrian Graffy, Chair of the Church’s National Scripture Working Group, responds to a recent survey which found fewer than half of churchgoing Catholics read the Bible each week outside of Church.

Bishops in England and Wales have begun to use Twitter as one way of encouraging more Catholics to pray with, know and use their Bible each day.

As part of our rediscovery of the teachings of Vatican II during this Year of Faith is, according to Fr Graffy, “we need to rediscover, come to love and come to understand the Scriptures better.”

The full interview is available to listen to at http://en.radiovaticana.va/articolo.asp?c=645465

Romans: Letter of Faith

The Year of Faith commemorating the opening of the Second Vatican Council is about to begin. In an article for Faith Today, Fr Adrian Graffy investigates the meaning of faith in the finest of the epistles of St Paul, the Letter to the Romans. Fr Adrian’s book on the Letter to the Romans in the Take and Read series is now available from Alive Publishing. Continue reading