Anchorage talk to highlight key figures of Christianity’s early days

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Who were the central figures during the earliest days of the Christian church? What band of future saints and martyrs helped to articulate and spread the message of their leader and Lord Jesus Christ?

On May 23, Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio, a world-renowned commentator on religious issues and guest speaker on EWTN, will be in Anchorage to dust off the Church Fathers and provide a fresh look at these remarkable men.

A specialist in the interpretation of Scripture and tradition, D’Ambrosio’s teaching has covered a broad range of subjects from historical, dogmatic and sacramental theology to evangelization, ecumenism and Vatican II.

His upcoming talk at St. Benedict Church (8110 Jewel Lake Road) in Anchorage is titled “The Early Fathers: Who They Are and Why They Matter.” The presentation, which is sponsored by the Anchorage Archdiocese, will look at contemporary issues and debates and show how these topics were first confronted in the earliest days of the church. Drawn from his best-selling book, “When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers,” this talk covers some of the most colorful characters in the history of the church.

D’Ambrosio earned his Ph.D. in theology and biblical interpretation under the guidance of the renowned late Avery Cardinal Dulles. In 2001 he left university teaching to direct the Crossroads Initiative, an international apostolate of evangelization and renewal. D’Ambrosio is a New York Times best-selling author, Catholic TV host, and he has appeared on Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera At Large and Bill O’Reilly’s radio show as an expert commentator on Catholic issues. For more information about his work, visit dritaly.com or the Dr. Italy Facebook page.

The public is invited to the evening presentation, which will run 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call St. Benedict Church at 243-2195 or visit stbenedictsak.com. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Bonnie Bezousek, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Faith Formation, at bbezousek@caa-ak.org or (907) 297-7732.


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