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While Eating Salt With Them: The Eucharist in the Acts of the Apostles by Eugene LaVerdiere
Speaker: Fr. Eugene LaVerdiere
carefully and lovingly explains the nature of the early Church community in its relationship to the Eucharist and its sense of mission in proclaiming the Risen Lord to the world.
Fr. Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS, a member of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, is the senior editor of Emmanuel magazine and the national secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union for the Clergy and Religious (PMU).
He is also an adjunct professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union.
Since 1985, he has been a consultant for mission education of clergy and seminarians for the national office of The Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Fr. LaVerdiere holds degrees from John Carroll University, the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, and the University of Chicago.
is also an Eleve Titulaire (Fellow) of the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise, Jerusalem.
most recent book is Dining in the Kingdom of God, The Origins
of the Eucharist According to Luke (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications
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Father Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS dies
Father Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS dies
received word that Blessed Sacrament Father Eugene LaVerdiere died in Cleveland, OH on Nov. 20 after a long illness.
Father LaVerdiere was a visiting and adjunct professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union for a number of years and was senior editor of Emmanuel magazine.
wrote many books and articles on biblical topics and conducted innumerable workshops for priests, religious and laity across the country and across the world.
work had a particular emphasis on the Eucharist in the New Testament and the New Testament theology of mission.
In the past few years Father LaVerdiere
had suffered a stroke and other physical difficulties that made it impossible for him to continue his
ministry of teaching but never quenched his
radiant and hopeful spirit.
Until his retirement in 2005 he was national secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union for Clergy and Religious and served as a consultant for mission education of clergy and seminarians for the National Office of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.
Two of his
siblings, Sister Claudette LaVerdiere, MM, and Brother Gary LaVerdiere, SSS, were with him at the time of death.
A second brother, Peter, of California, also survives him.
A visitation will take place on Monday, November 24, at Saint Paschal Baylon Church
, in Highland Heights, Ohio, from 3:00-6:00 p.m., followed by the Funeral Mass at 7:00.
Burial will be on Tuesday, November 25, and is private for the family and the members of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.
A Memorial Mass for Father LaVerdiere
will be celebrated at Saint Jean Baptiste Church
in New York City at a date and time to be determined.
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Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin may currently be tied in the competition for the number of times they have hosted Saturday Night Live (15 each), but in the somewhat less watched celebrity contest for the "Most Frequently Interviewed by U.S. Catholic Magazine" honor, there is a clear winner: With five interview appearances between 1976 and 1986, the late scripture scholar Father Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S. has no rival even in striking distance.
LaVerdiere, who died in November 2008, was a priest of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, a scripture scholar, and for many years the editor of Emmanuel magazine.
What made him so popular-and not just with the U.S. Catholic editors who kept inviting him back-was the "special talent" the magazine noted in its introduction to his
first interview in November 1976: "He
not only knows what he's
talking about, he
knows how to talk about it."
had a passion for making the Bible accessible and for helping Catholics find guidance in scripture for their own lives today.
goal was to get people excited so they actually "want to read the Bible-not that they are made to read it."
"We don't need to make people feel dependent on scholars or commentaries or anything like that," he
said in his
January 1986 interview.
"In my role as a scripture scholar, I see myself as having a responsibility to the whole church to help people interpret the Bible better.
But I want to free people up, not make them subject to me.
I want to free them up and then listen carefully to what they have to say."
In fact, LaVerdiere
found that "it's amazing what [insights] someone who is unlettered in the Bible is able to come up with.
doesn't think so: "Isn't it all right to have different interpretations of Beethoven?
Different readings of a Keats poem??.?.?.?What each person hears contributes to the meaning."
In the course of the five Bible-themed interviews several topics resurface, such as the importance of the Passion narratives, how to understand Jesus' divinity and humanity, his
"dying for our sins," and the meaning of resurrection.
"Whatever resurrection means in the New Testament," LaVerdiere
says in the April 1977 interview, "it is not the resuscitation of a body, and it is not the reanimation of a corpse.?.?.?.
The resurrection of Jesus is not a restoration to a former state of life but a transformation into a new way of being."
If Jesus had merely been resuscitated, he
would just have been brought back to the same life of the historical Jesus.
would still be a male Galilean Jew, who spoke Hebrew, had a certain color hair, certain color eyes.
those things," LaVerdiere
not other things.
Lit Press: The Beginning of the Gospel
Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS
Using rhetorical and literary analysis, Father LaVerdiere
introduces Mark's story in The Beginning of the Gospel: Introducing the Gospel According to Mark.
To aid those who prepare homilies, he
shares Mark’s sense of Christ’s mission, the Christian calling, the universal Church, and the Church’s mission in a language that everyone can understand.
Who was Mark?
Where and when did he
write, and for whom?
What were his
What was his
Instead of dealing with these introductory questions separately, Father LaVerdiere
answers them while commenting on the Gospel.
explains that for Mark the gospel was not a mere record of past events, but a new act of proclamation.
In content, Mark’s Gospel was a story of the gospel of Jesus and his
examines Mark’s emphases on the implications of the Gospel, the passion and resurrection of Jesus, and the coming of the Kingdom of God.
also discusses the major symbols of the second part of Mark’s Gospel: the way (he hodos) and the cup (ho poterion).
Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S., Ph.D., is adjunct professor of New Testament studies at the Catholic Theological Union and the senior editor of Emmanuel magazine.
is the author or editor of numerous books including The Eucharist
in the New Testament and the Early Church
, A Church for All Peoples, and Luke (New Testament Message series) published by The Liturgical Press
"Readers familiar with Father LaVerdiere's
artful teaching from the many workshops and written articles he
has contributed over the years will find here that same rich pastoral approach in his
commentary on Mark."
Eugene LaVerdiere, ...
Eugene LaVerdiere, SSS
In The Eucharist in the New Testament and the Early Church
, Father LaVerdiere
examines what the New Testament tells us about the Eucharist and how the Eucharist provides an important experiential and theological resource for the gospel stories of Jesus' life, ministry, passion and resurrection, as well as for the life and development of the Church.
illustrates how the origins of the Eucharist coincide with the origins of the Church.
The development of the Eucharist reflects the development of the early Church, as well as its creative theological and pastoral reflection.
Through the lens of the New Testament it views the beginnings of both Church and Eucharist
when the risen Lord appeared to the disciples at meals soon after Jesus' passion, death and resurrection.
also looks beyond the New Testament and explores the ongoing development of Eucharistic theology and practice up to the mid-second century, ending with Justin Martyr, the first to describe the Eucharist to people who had no personal experience of it.
focuses on the Eucharist in relation to ecclesiology, Christology, and liturgy.
begins by reflecting on how Christians referred to the Eucharist before it had a name, how names for the Eucharist came to be and their importance, how the Eucharist was celebrated at the very beginning, how liturgical formulas came to be, how these formulas brought out the riches of the Eucharist, and how the Eucharist related to different pastoral situations.
Eugene LaVerdiere, S.S.S., is the senior editor of Emmanuel magazine and an adjunct professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union and Mundelein Seminary in Chicago.
is author of Fundamentalism: A Pastoral Concern, A Church for All Peoples
: Missionary Issues in a World Church, and Luke from the New Testament Message series published by The Liturgical Press