Cork Scripture Group Graduation

Cork Scripture Group West cork Graduation


Your Word, O Lord, is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
Cork Scripture Group is delighted to announce its second graduation. The nineteen graduates who completed the two year Diocesan Certificate in Biblical Studies came from the parishes of Ballingeary, Bandon, Bantry, Drimoleague/Drinagh, Dunmanway, Kilbrittain, Newcestown, Schull and Timoleague. The group received Diocesan Certificates signed by Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross. Bishop Buckley, who was unable to attend, sent his best wishes and said that he was delighted to hear about the success of the course.
The graduation evening was held in the West Cork Education Centre on Thursday March 26th and began with a liturgy of the Word followed by the presentation of certificates by Fr. John Newman. In his speech he fondly remembered the bible in a special place in his own home when he was growing up. As he got older and studied the scriptures, he realised that they asked the great questions about life and its meaning. As a follow up to the course Fr. John recommended that everyone should spend some time in quiet prayer with scripture as well as group study and prayer.
Cork Scripture Group was formed about three years ago to promote Scripture in the Cork area. Following a number of meetings it was decided to run a two year Introduction to the Bible Course. The group has always aimed at having the highest possible standard of lectures while keeping the cost as low as possible. The voluntary committee consists of Lorna Downey, Fr. Ben Hegarty OP, Marian Mortell, Phil Mortell and Fr. Sean O?Sullivan.
The Introduction to the Bible Course consisted of four modules each of six weeks duration and covered an introduction to the Bible, an introduction to the Old Testament, The Gospels and the Early Church and the Letters of St. Paul. Each module also included a Saturday workshop which was open to the public. The course received great support from Scripture scholars throughout the country. The presenters included Mons. Ned Goold, Fr John Newman, Dr Jessie Rogers, Sean Brennan, Diane Corkery and Dr. Kieran O?Mahony as well as all of the members of the committee.
A new Cork course (based in Scala, Blackrock) began in February and has just completed its first module. If anyone is interested in finding out more about the course they can contact
Photo: This is the group who received their certificates for the Introduction to the Bible course in Dunmanway on March 26th last.