You can join Turning to God’s Word authors Jennifer MeGaw Phelps, Tami Palladino, and Matthew Phelps for three days of Scripture-based prayers and meditation this July 13–16 at Conception Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Conception, Missouri. We'll examine how to interpret the book of Revelation in a meaningful way in our own spiritual lives, and join the monks for prayers and celebration of the Eucharist every day in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. For more information, visit our summer retreat page.

our annual Bible study retreat

coming this summer at Conception Abbey

Our newest title, The United Kingdom of Israel: Foreshadowing the Reign of Christ the King examines Saul, David, and Solomon to learn how their Old Testament reigns—especially that of David—point ahead to the kingdom of heaven. It will be accompanied by lesson videos and supplemental online study resources. Like all Turning to God's Word Catholic Bible studies, The United Kingdom of Israel will be submitted for an imprimatur. This new Bible study will be available in late summer 2017. Click on the thumbnail at left to see a sample lesson.

The United Kingdom of Israel

Foreshadowing the Reign of Christ the King

Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses sports horns as the result of a translation error made by St. Jerome. The patron of translators mistook the Hebrew word in the book of Exodus 34:29 describing Moses' face as "radiant in glory" to mean "horned." The error was compounded in 1515 when Michelangelo carved horns on his marble portrayal of Moses, which can be seen in the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Sign up to receive our weekly Lost in Translation emails, or follow Lost in Translation on our website, where Matthew Phelps posts new commentary every Tuesday.

Lost in Translation

This prayer-based Bible study is based on The Revised Grail Psalter, the new English translation of the Psalms by the monks at Conception Abbey. The Revised Grail Psalter soon will be used in all liturgical publications in the United States. Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church—Volume I has been granted an imprimatur, and it includes a foreword by Gregory Polan, O.S.B., abbot primate of the worldwide Benedictine Confederation. Visit our Sing a New Psalm study directory to read a sample lesson.

Sing a New Psalm

Communicating with God

This compelling Catholic Bible study examines how earliest biblical history has shaped our faith. In the Beginning: The Book of Genesis covers scriptural accounts of Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, the great Flood, and lives of the patriarchs. These 28 lessons provide a strong foundation for serious study of other books of the Bible, and maps and genealogical charts are included. This study has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our In the Beginning study page to link to supplemental resources, including video overviews of each lesson.

In the Beginning

The Book of Genesis

This 23-lesson Catholic Bible study takes an in-depth look at the bizarre and often disturbing images in the book of Revelation to discover ways that this Christian vision of Final Judgment is relevant in our contemporary world. Color illustrations help readers to visualize key theological concepts in the biblical text. The Revelation of Jesus Christ: The Faithful Witness has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Revelation of Jesus Christ study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other related resources.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Faithful Witness

The Letter to the Hebrews: An Explanation of the Mechanism of Our Salvation explains how it is possible that Jesus Christ is able to bring about salvation for all men and women. The final five lessons in the study examine the biblical foundations of the priesthood—beginning with Melchizedek and ending with Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. This 23-lesson Catholic Bible study has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Letter to the Hebrews study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other related resources.

The Letter to the Hebrews

An Explanation of the Mechanism of Our Salvation


BP PATES WEBTurning to God’s Word Bible studies carry an imprimatur

Our Catholic Bible studies are based on principles of lectio divina and designed to help parish groups and individuals increase understanding and enrich faith. All Turning to God’s Word studies have been granted an imprimatur from the Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, bishop of Des Moines.

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the month of May

FRANCIS WEBIf you’d like to join the Holy Father in his prayer intentions, during the month of May the Pope is encouraging Catholics to pray that Christians in Africa, in imitation of the merciful Jesus, may give prophetic witness to reconciliation, justice, and peace.