The PIB Goes 100
Maybe I should now apply for a sabbatical in 2009. The Pontifical Biblical Institute will be celebrating its centenary that year and I think some of the activities will be interesting. I received a letter announcing the event just this morning when I went to my parents’ place in Antipolo. R. P. Stephen Pisano, S. J. who was my professor in Textual Criticism is now the Rector of the Institute and the one in charge of Alumni Affairs signed the letter. He writes:
May 7, 2009 a hundred years after the official date of the foundation (of the institute), will see the beginning of the "centennial year". We will mark the date with a solemn academic act which will have its principal moment in the presentation of the book written by Fr. Maurice Gilbert: "The Pontifical Biblical Institute: A Hundred Years of History (1909-2009)" which will be published in French, Italian and English. In a volume of around 500 pages including archival documents and photos, Fr. Gilbert traces stage by stage the salient moments of the life of the Institute. On the occassion, a special edition of the list of alumni containing all the persons who have become protagonists in the hundred years of the institute’s life — authorities, professors and students — it will be a volume that acts as a complement to the historical compendium of Fr. Gilbert.
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