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CCD Grants for the Promotion of Biblical Scholarship and Biblical Literacy

PART I: Guidelines

Purpose of the CCD Grants

The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) seeks to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation by providing financial assistance for specific projects advancing these goals. Funding for these grants comes from the royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works.

Areas of Pastoral Interest and Exclusions

The CCD will accept applications for grants that address the following pastoral areas:

  • Biblical Scholarship (particularly original research by Catholic scholars)
  • Archaeological Research
  • Pastoral and Catechetical Programs
  • Bible Education in Seminaries
  • Continuing Biblical Education of Clergy

No funds shall be made available for general educational scholarships, endowments, and loans, or for events, activities, debts, or costs incurred in the past. Apart from exceptional circumstances, requests to cover financing for more than 12 months will not be considered, though annual requests may be made for ongoing projects.

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CCD Grant Recipients

2018

This spring, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) awarded grants in the amount of $46,729 for three projects that support the goals of the CCD to promote Catholic biblical literacy and Catholic biblical interpretation.

Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Auxiliary Bishop of Rockville Centre and Member of the CCD-CBA Liaison Committee, commented, "It is heartening to see the renewed interest in Biblical literacy at every level of formation and Church life. I am glad that the CCD-CBA grants will foster practical responses to this interest."

Funding for these grants comes from the royalties received from the publication of the New American Bible and its derivative works which the CCD develops, publishes, promotes, and distributes.

The three projects sponsored by the CCD are as follows:

  • $10,000 to Dr. Timothy Carmody (Professor, Graduate Program Director, Spring Hill College, St. Mobile, Alabama) for the development and teaching of three courses in Biblical Studies of first year deacon candidates of the Diocese of Jackson, MS. The three courses will provide an Introduction to Biblical Studies and Revelation as well as in-depth studies of the Prophets, and the synoptic Gospels.
  • $12,679 to Dr. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman (Assistant Professor, Providence College, Rhode Island) for a two-month stay in Israel to facilitate work at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem and on an archaeological dig to develop a book on how the Bible and archaeological evidence might together provide a better understanding of both the ancient society and the biblical text.
  • $24,050 to Dr. Rafael Ramirez (Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Dallas, Neuhoff School of Ministry, Texas) for the funding of one scholarship for the MTS/Biblical Studies program at the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry. Upon graduation, the scholarship recipient will teach in the Escuela Catolica Biblica.

The next grant application deadline is July 1. Click here for more information.

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