ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, July 24, 2007—The Office of Faith Formation of the Diocese of Rockville Centre recently produced its first instructional DVD as part of an upcoming series on faith formation. Entitled “An Introduction to the Bible,” the three-part production describes in 17 minutes the true meaning of the Bible as the “living and active” Word of God.

The DVD explains what the Bible is, how we know it is inspired by God and how we can understand its meaning. The best-selling non-fiction book of all time, the Bible is described as a “love letter,” a gift to the community from God.

“If you open your heart, then you will do more than just read about God,” says host Father Richard Henning, a biblical theology professor at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington. “You are going to meet God.”

The DVD was written by Father Henning and John Romanowsky, associate director of technology of the Office of Faith Formation.

“This is the beginning of a long-term effort to complement the work the office has been doing,” said Romanowsky, who also directed the DVD.

Future DVD topics may include the Eucharist, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the canon of the Bible, the Church and Christology, the Sacraments and moral theology.

As part of another series, an introduction to the Sacrament of marriage is expected by the end of the summer, and a parents’ guide to the Sacrament of baptism is expected by mid-fall.

Romanowsky said there seems to be a widespread awareness of the Bible DVD among religious education instructors and parish leaders.

The producer of the DVD was Sister Mary Alice Piil, CSJ. The DVD was made possible through contributions from the Dolan Foundations.

“An Introduction to the Bible” is currently available only on a parish level. Romanowsky said the Office of Faith Formation hopes to make future DVDs available to the public.


Editor’s Note: Photo Courtesy of The Diocese of Rockville Centre

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
Celebrating its Golden Jubilee, the Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 2.8 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 18,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 19,000 first communions and 4,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 22,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. There are also 120,189 total students in religious education. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 59,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (4/20/07)
 

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