Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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