Studying the Gospel of Mark

As we hear the Gospel of Mark proclaimed during this Year B of the Lectionary cycle, I’d like to point out a few resources that are available for your own enrichment or for use in a group.

First, a new resource offered by the Archdiocese of Chicago is a website called The Word Made Clear featuring a course study on the Gospel of Mark led by Fr. James McIlhone, the Director of Biblical Formation for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fr. “Mac” was one of my instructors in my Doctor of Ministry program, and he is a solid Scripture scholar. The course is laid out in 30-minute lectures by Fr. “Mac,” accompanied by PowerPoint presentations viewed through YouTube. Downloadable handouts and resources are also available. So far, he has posted three presentations:

This resource is especially helpful for a group Bible study where there is no expert present. A 30-minute presentation is just right for providing the background needed for a group to proceed on their own.

Another resource for studying the Gospel of Mark is Meeting St. Mark Today by renowned Scripture scholar Daniel J. Harrington, SJ.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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