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Rev Montague

Rev. George T. Montague

Rev. GEORGE T. MONTAGUE, S.M. (Marianist) was born on a ranch near Bandera, Texas, on July 8, 1929, where he was reared, while attending St. Joseph’s School in Bandera, St. Mary’s Parochial School in San Antonio, and Central Catholic High School in San Antonio.  At the age of 11 he began publishing a monthly newspaper which within four years had grown to 600 subscribers.  In 1945 he entered the Marianists in Kirkwood, Missouri.  In 1947 he professed his first vows as a Marianist in Galesville, Wisconsin.  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Dayton, Ohio, in 1950 and then taught successively at Eugene Coyle High School (Kirkwood, Missouri), De Andreis High School (St. Louis) and Don Bosco High School (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), where he also served as registrar.

Professional Studies

In 1954 he was assigned to the Marianist International Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, where he pursued theological studies at the University of Fribourg.  Ordained a priest in 1958, he received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1959 and his doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) in 1960.  His doctoral thesis in biblical theology (cf. below) was done under Ceslaus Spicq, O.P.  Summer study in Israel with Hebrew Union College, 1966, with participation in the archeological excavation of Tel Gezer.

Professional Work, Memberships

Returning from Europe, he served as chaplain and head of the religion department at Central Catholic High School, and from 1961 taught theology, Old and New Testament at St. Mary’s University (San Antonio), having been appointed in 1963 director of the graduate theology program.  Appointed full professor with tenure, 1971.  Elected member of the Faculty Senate 1995-1972, serving as president 1967-1968.

In September 1972 he was appointed rector of the Marianist American Seminary in St. Louis, teaching Scripture in the graduate school of St. Louis University 1973-1974.  He oversaw the seminar’s transfer to Toronto, Canada, in 1974 and continued to serve as rector until 1978.  Professor (part-time) in the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael’s College, in the Toronto School of Theology, 1975-1979.

He is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America; Vice-President of the Association 1976-1977 and President, 1977-1978.  General editor, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1972-1975; associate editor, 1969-1971, 1976-1979.  Member, Board of Advisors, God’s Word Today, since its beginning in 1978-.

Two of his books have made significant contributions in the area of Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit: Growth of a Biblical Tradition, which has gone through four printings, first by a Catholic publisher, then by a Protestant one.  The other book was co-authored with Kilian McDonald of St. John’s University, Collegeville: Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Evidence from the First Eight Centuries (second, expanded edition, 1994).  This book was considered important enough to draw seventy theologians to a meeting to discuss it in Boston, November 1995, hosted by Cardinal Law of Boston and Archbishop Flynn of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

He presented a paper entitled, “The Fire in the Word: the Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit” at the International Theological Symposium on the Holy Spirit at Marquette University, April 1998, subsequently published as a chapter in Advents of the Spirit (Marquette University Press, 2001).

Since 1971 he has been involved in and served in various advisory capacities to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  He was invited to address American and Canadian Bishops or their representatives attending the International Conference on the Charismatic Renewal at Notre Dame, Indiana, in June 1974. Member, Board of Consultors for Catholic Charismatic, 1997+.  Contributing editor, New Covenant, 1978-1986.  Member of the National Service Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renwal, 1978-1982; theological consultant, 1990-.  Co-founder, Catholic Charismatic Bible Institute, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, 1977-1986; 1989-2000. 

He served on the committee preparing the National Conference of Catholic Bishop’s (NCCB) statement on preaching, Fulfilled in Your Hearing (1982).  He was also one of the five-member team invited by the Bishop of Lubbock to investigate the Marian phenomena at St. John Neumann’s parish there, October 1988. 

Lectures, conferences, retreat tours and missionary work have taken him to six continents.  He has given conferences in English, Spanish and French.  He has also given Scripture teachings on the internationally televised programs, The Way Home, Living His Life Abundantly, and The Choices We Face (aired on EWTN in the United States), as well as locally in the San Antonio area.  With Marianist Fr. Robert Hogan he appeared weekly for several years on Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) on the program Fanning the Flame.

His articles and reviews have appeared in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, America, The Bible Today, New Covenant, New Catholic World, God’s Word Today, Review for Religious and other periodicals.  He has contributed articles to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including the 2002 edition.

Fr. Montague’s musical interest issued in four LP albums containing ballads to introduce the Old Testament prophets: Meet the Prophets (1967), The Prophets’ Dream (1968), Men of the Old Testament (1968), Los Profetas (1970).

Since 1994, involved with Rev. Bob Hogan, SM, in founding a new religious community, the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple. 

Web-site: www.BrothersOfTheBelovedDisciple.org

From 1979-1982 he served as Provincial Assistant for Religious Life of the St. Louis Province of the Marianists.  And from September 1982-May1988 he served in Kathmandu, Nepal, as director of novices for Indian candidates to the Marianists.

1988-1989: Study sabbatical, St. Louis, Missouri.

1989-1990: Visiting Professor, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

June 1990 to present: Returned as tenured professor, Department of theology, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.

Present address: Residence: Casa San Juan, 1701 Alametos, San Antonio, TX 78201-3500.  Work: St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228-8585.  Tel: (210) 734-6727.  FAX: (210) 738-0689.  E-mail: gmontague@stmarytx.edu.

Awards:

Catholic Press Association Award for best originating article, “The Holy Spirit: Given to Be Given” in first-place winning Chariscenter USA newsletter, 1993.

Hobbies:

guitar (preference for Mariachi music and songs), birding.

Books:

(OP = out of print)

GROWTH IN CHRIST; A STUDY IN ST. PAUL’S THEOLOGY OF PROGRESS (Fribourg, Switzerland: 1961) OP

MATURING IN CHRIST (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1964) OP

THE LIVING THOUGHT OF ST. PAUL (Milwaukee: Bruce 1966; revised edition, Benziger, 1976) OP

ZEPHANIAH, NAHUM, HABAKKUK, LAMENTATIONS AND OBADIAH (Old Testament Reading Guide #19: Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1967) OP

THE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE SECULAR (Milwaukee: Bruce, 1969); Italian trans, Teologia biblica del seccolare. OP

THE BOOKS OF TOBIT AND RUTH (New York: Paulist, 1973 OP

THE BOOKS OF JUDITH AND ESTHER (New York: Paulist, 1973)      OP

RIDING THE WIND (Ann Arbor: Word of Life, 1974).  Foreign language editions: French, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish.  Re-issued and expanded as Still Riding the Wind (see below).OP

THE SPIRIT AND HIS GIFTS: THE BIBLICAL BACKGROUND OF SPIRIT-BAPTISM, TONGUE-SPEAKING AND PROPHECY (New York, Paulist, 1974) OP

BUILDING CHRIST’S BODY: THE DYNAMICS OF CHRISTIAN LIVING ACCORDING TO ST. PAUL (Chicago: Franciscan Herald, 1975) OP

THE HOLY SPIRIT: GROWTH OF A BIBLICAL TRADITION (New York: Paulist, 1976; reprinted by Hendrickson Press 1994; reprinted by Wipf & Stock 2006)

MARK: GOOD NEWS FOR HARD TIMES (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1980; reprinted by Franciscan University Press, Steubenville, OH, 1992, then by St.  Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.  Available now only from Fr.  Montague–address below).

COMPANION GOD: A CROSS-CULTURAL COMMENTARY ON THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1989) Reprinted by Fr. Montague 2000.  Second Edition by Paulist Press due 2010.

OUR FATHER, OUR MOTHER: MARY AND THE FACES OF GOD (Steubenville, OH: Franciscan University Press, 1990) OP

CHRISTIAN INITIATION AND BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT: EVIDENCE FROM THE FIRST EIGHT CENTURIES (with Kilian McDonnell, OSB).  Second, revised edition (Collegeville: Michael Glazier, 1994).  Translations in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, German, Hungarian.

FANNING THE FLAME: WHAT DOES BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT HAVE TO DO WITH CHRISTIAN INITIATION?  Heart of the Church Consultation, editor with Kilian McDonnell, OSB (Collegeville: Michael Glazier, 1991). Collaborative effort of 10 theologians and pastoral leaders.  Translations published in Polish, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Korean, Urdu, Portuguese, Japanese, Lithuanian, Maltese, Swedish, Slovak, German, Russian, Chinese and Indonesian.

THE APOCALYPSE AND THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1998) Revised edition of 1992 book, with added material on the new millennium.  Now available as reprint only from Fr.  Montague–address below. [Earlier books was entitled: THE APOCALYPSE; UNDERSTANDING THE BOOK OF REVELATION AND THE END OF THE WORLD (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1992) OP]

THE WOMAN AND THE WAY: A MARIAN PATH TO JESUS (Ann Arbor: Servant, 1994; reprinted by Fr. Montague, 2002)

STILL RIDING THE WIND (Williston Park, NY: Resurrection Press, 1994).  A look at Riding the Wind twenty years later, with an update.)  Italian translation as Sulle Ali del Vento published 1996.  OP

UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE: A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION (Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 1997)   Revised and Expanded Edition, 2007.

THE VISION OF THE BELOVED DISCIPLE: MEETING JESUS IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (Staten Island: Alba House, 2000).

HOLY SPIRIT, MAKE YOUR HOME IN ME: BIBLICAL MEDITATIONS ON RECEIVING THE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT (Ijamsville, MD: The Word  Among Us Press, 2008)

THE LETTERS TO TIMOTHY AND TITUS (Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Co., 2008)

All titles in print are available from: Rev.  George T.  Montague, S.M.,
                                                               1701 Alametos
                                                                San Antonio, TX 78201-3500
                                                                (210) 734-6727   or (210) 667-6751

                                                               gmontague@stmarytx.edu