My favorite bearded Catholic author Scott Hahn will be teaching at Mundelein Seminary next year. I read pretty much everything he writes…except for the real smarty pants stuff that I don’t understand.

The idea of Scott Hahn and Fr. Barron teaching at Mundelein makes that a pretty amazing place.

Francis Cardinal George appointed Dr. Scott Hahn as the first McEssy Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biblical Theology at Mundelein Seminary of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. In this position, Dr. Hahn will conduct research, teach and offer occasional public lectures. “Dr. Hahn is one of the theologians at the forefront of evangelization in the United States,” Cardinal George said. “His presence at Mundelein will bring his unique experience and his great skill at teaching to the future priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the more than thirty dioceses served by the seminary.”

Fr. Robert Barron, Rector and President praised Bill and Lois McEssy for their generosity in establishing the McEssy Professorship. “An endowed professorship brings a permanent benefit to the seminary. It insures that we can attract new scholars of national and international stature to Chicago’s major seminary. Dr. Hahn will help us achieve my goal of making Mundelein a powerhouse of the New Evangelization.” “I’m honored and humbled to receive this appointment,” said Dr. Hahn. “Seminaries and universities both have distinct roles in communicating the Faith and in forming Catholics who can transform our culture. I am privileged to teach in both settings, and I am deeply grateful to join such a dynamic institution as Mundelein, especially with its very strong Biblical Department and the emphasis placed on Sacred Scripture in the new curriculum.”

Scott Hahn will continue to hold the Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville concurrently. That’s good news.