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Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies Launches Bible Tweet Campaign
Loyola will Partner with United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in Twitter Campaign

CHICAGO, September 18, 2012 – On Sunday, September 30, Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) will be sending out scripture tweets every fifteen minutes to promote biblical literacy and to expose the beauty of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) to a social media audience.

This initiative is in celebration of September 30, the Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time and also the ancient liturgical observance of the feast of St Jerome, the renowned translator of the Latin Vulgate.

Throughout the day (midnight to midnight), those who sign-up to receive the tweets, will receive 96 specially selected verses, highlighting the story of our salvation spanning the entire bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. IPS is delighted and grateful to be working in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the CCD on this project.

“As Jerome translated the Bible into a common language of his day, IPS is translating the Bible to a common language of our own day,” said Brian Schmisek, PhD, director and associate professor of IPS. “We hope that by tweeting the bible we generate interest in the Bible itself, the NABRE edition, in particular, and perhaps provide a bit of inspiration that encourages people to go a little deeper in their study of sacred scripture.”

Released by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) on March 9, 2011, the NABRE is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.

“This effort to bring the sacred Word, which is timeless, to perhaps the most time-sensitive medium of today, is a great sign of the Church’s movement into new media,” said Helen Osman, Secretary for Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Evangelization means taking the Gospel to where people are, and more than ever people are using the new media throughout their day.”

To receive the scriptural tweets on September 30, please follow Loyola’s IPS on Twitter @LoyolaIPS.

About the Institute of Pastoral Studies
IPS provides transformative education for spiritual leadership in the Church, society, and the professions by way of its six graduate degree and five graduate certificate programs. Through their course of study and their spiritual formation, students develop real-world knowledge and skills in theological reflection, in ministerial practice and in ethical judgment, all within a rich, multicultural context of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic University. For more information about IPS, please visit LUC.edu/ips or call Chrissy Sofranko at 312.915.7484.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.






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