Michael Patella

Spirituality, Theology

A Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Fr. Michael Patella is a professor of New Testament and teaches in both the undergraduate theology department and the graduate School of Theology at Saint John's University, where he serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program. He earned a License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. He has published in the areas of Luke, Mark, Paul, angels, and demons, art and theology, and also has written for The Bible Today and Give Us This Day. His most recent book, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, the fruit of his work as chair of the Committee on Illumination and Texts for The Saint John’s Bible, won the Catholic Press Association’s award in the Biblical-Academic category. Currently, he is writing the commentary on the Gospel of Luke for the next revision of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.

Festival Years: 2008