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DBergant-smBLOOMFIELD – Has the extreme weather we’ve experienced locally, across the nation and around the world been God’s way of punishing humanity for sin?

Sister of St. Agnes Dianne Bergant will tackle that question in a presentation titled "Is Natural Disaster God's Punishment for Sin?" from 12:30-4:30 p.m. March 25 at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary, located at 467 Bloomfield Ave.

The Archdiocese of Hartford’s Catholic Biblical School will sponsor her exploration of the moral order in humanity and natural order of the world in the annual "Celebration of Sacred Scripture" workshop. 

Sister Dianne is a biblical scholar and theologian who earned a doctoral degree in biblical languages and literature from St. Louis University.

The free workshop is open to the public. Registration by March 16 is required. Registration information is available at (860) 243-9465, ext. 2670, or A free-will donation will be accepted.

In her presentation, Sister Dianne will focus on biblical passages from the Old Testament that describe natural disasters, namely the flood, the plagues and the final destruction at the end of time. 

Barbara Jean Daly Horell, chair of the Certificate of Biblical Studies program at St. Thomas Seminary, said this year's topic seems very timely when one considers the extensive weather-related emergencies that have affected people here, in neighboring states and worldwide over the past year or two.'

Sister Dianne is a professor of Old Testament studies at Chicago's Catholic Theological Union. She also is the author of numerous biblical commentaries, articles and other works, has been on the editorial board for most of the leading biblical scholarly journals, and is the general editor of the Collegeville Bible Commentary. She is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

As part of the event, the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education will award the second annual Fr. Lawrence Boadt Memorial Medal, the highest honor granted to a Catholic Biblical School student or graduate. 

The Catholic Biblical School is a four-year program that covers every book of the Bible. The Archdiocese of Hartford awards a certificate upon completion of requirements. College credit is available through St. Thomas Seminary's Certificate in Biblical Studies. Information is available at

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.