Towards the CBF 10th Plenary Assembly: Catholic Biblical Federation in North America

CBF Encounters

Towards the CBF 10th Plenary Assembly: Catholic Biblical Federation in North America

On the way towards the CBF Plenary Assembly the reality and future perspectives of the North America Region was presented in the interventions of some representatives of the institutions that compose it.

All of them are committed to witnessing a focus on biblical formation and biblical animation of pastoral care in this area of the world.

The Encounter took place on October 20th, 2021 10:00 a.m. EDT (16:00 Rome). It was hosted by the General Secretariat of the Catholic Biblical Federation in cooperation with the Friends of the CBF.

Towards the CBF 10th Plenary Assembly

Organized by: CBF General Secretariat

Topic: Catholic Biblical Federation in North America

Date: October 20th, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT (16:00 Rome)

Language: English, Spanish



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CBF Regional Coordinator

Mary Elizabeth Sperry 

Coordinator CBF North America

Mary Elizabeth Sperry holds a master’s degree in liturgical studies from the Catholic University of America. She has worked for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops since 1994. Since 1996, she has served as the Associate Director for Permissions and Bible Utilization, staffing the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. Since 2015, she has served as the CBF Regional Coordinator for North America



Francis Daoust 

Member of the CBF Executive Committee


  • Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Université de Montréal (ongoing)
  • M.A. in Biblical Studies, Université Laval
  • Baccalaureate in Theology, Université Laval


  • General director at Société catholique de la Bible
  • Former member of the Executive Committee of the Association catholique d'études bibliques au Canada
  • Has been teaching in the past years at Université St-Paul (Ottawa), Université Laval (Québec), Université Concordia (Montréal) and Institut de pastorale des Dominicains (Montréal)



Fr. Manuel Villalobos Mendoza CMF

Instituto Bíblico Claretiano

Manuel Villalobos Mendoza received his PhD in Bible and Culture from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. His doctoral dissertation, Abject Bodies in the Gospel of Mark, was published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in 2012. Its translation into Spanish, Cuerpos Abyectos en el Evangelio de Marcos, was published by Ediciones El Almendro in 2015. He also wrote a commentary in Spanish on the pastoral epistles, Cristianos de la Segunda Generación: Las Epístolas Pastorales Desde el Otro Lado, published by Ediciones El Almendro in 2013. At the same time, he wrote a commentary on the pastoral epistles in English, aimed at a more academic and specialised audience, with the title When Men Were Not Men: Masculinity and Otherness in the Pastoral Epistles, published by Sheffield Phoenix Press in 2014. He has just completed another book in Spanish on the pastoral epistles under the title Masculinidades en Crisis en las Epístolas Pastorales, which has not yet been published.
In his work as an exegete, Manuel Villalobos Mendoza has developed a hermeneutic that he has called from the other side, which has to do with concepts such as otherness, masculinity, borderland, race, gender and sexual orientation.
Manuel Villalobos Mendoza is a priest of the Roman Catholic Church and is the founder of the Instituto Bíblico Claretiano de las Américas which is based at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is also the creator of the Youtube Channel of the Escuela Bíblica Claretiana, in which the Word of God is spread from a liberating experience.   



Fr. Gerardo Rodríguez Garibay CMF 

Instituto Bíblico Claretiano

Gerardo Rodríguez Garibay completed his Master of Arts at the University of Chicago Theological Seminary in 2017. His thesis was on the rite of Jesus with the blind man of Bethsaida in Mk 8:22-26 and the rite of Ayahuasca, interpreting it with some ecological, postcolonial and queer hermeneutics. In addition, he has had a very enriching experience having worked for about twelve years in Peru and Bolivia, living the first three years in the Peruvian Amazon with the indigenous Ashéninkas where he got to know the Ayahuasca rite and other traditions of the native peoples. Subsequently, he worked in youth and vocational ministry with young people in both countries. He was also coordinating the biblical pastoral of the province of Peru and Bolivia, visiting various groups. Manuel Villalobos Mendoza in Chicago in the biblical pastoral of the Claretian Province of the USA and Canada, coordinating various biblical projects and virtual workshops.   


USA / Jamaica

Fr. Bernard Latus 

Divine Word Missionaries, Chicago Province

Born in Southern Poland in 1962. Entered Society if the Divine Word in 1980 and did his formation partly in Poland partly in London, England. Graduated with BA and MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University in Louvain in 1987. After his ordination worked in the Caribbean since 1988 in Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

In years 1999-2008 was coordinator of CBF in the Caribbean subregion. Did his post graduate studies in Catholic theological union in Chicago and graduated in 2003 with MA in theology and Graduate Certificate in Biblical Spirituality. Since then taught Biblical courses in various colleges and institutions in St. Kitts, Dominica and St. Lucia. As well as in the St. Michael Theological College in KINGSTON Jamaica. He serves on the Executive of Jamaica Bible Society and is a theological advisor to the project of translating Old Testament to Jamaican Patwa.

(USA / Jamaica)


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