Bishop Emeritus Donald W. Trautman To Teach a Biblical Studies Course During the Fall 2013 Semester

Posted: July 29, 2013

Gannon University's graduate pastoral studies program is pleased and honored to announce that the Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, S.T.D, S.S.L., Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, will be teaching a course In Biblical Studies during the Fall 2013 semester.

The course will address scholarly methods of biblical interpretation and the major themes and motifs of the Hebrew and Christian Testaments, with a special focus on the Gospel of John.

Bishop Emeritus Trautman is a native of Buffalo. A student of Karl Rahner and noted liturgist Josef Jungmann, he studied for the priesthood in Innsbruck, Austria, where he received his licentiate in sacred theology. Bishop Trautman pursued higher studies in biblical languages at Catholic University in Washington, DC, and continued his post-graduate work at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome where he received his licentiate degree in Scripture. He also earned a doctorate in sacred theology from St. Thomas Aquinas University, Rome.

Notre Dame University Center of Pastoral Liturgy named Bishop Trautman a recipient of the Michael Mathis Award, its highest honor bestowed for outstanding contributions to liturgy. The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions' annual Msgr. Frederick R. McManus Award was presented to him in 2003. Recipient of several honorary doctorates, St. John's University in New York honored him with its highest recognition, its Gold Medal. Bishop Trautman has written extensively on liturgy and Scripture, with articles appearing in Worship and America.

In addition, Bishop Emeritus Trautman served on eleven committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including its Administrative Board.

The course will be offered on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., from September 9 to December 16. Degree and non-degree seeking students are welcome to apply and enroll for this unique educational and personal enrichment opportunity.

Registrations will be limited, so interested individuals are strongly encouraged to contact the office of Graduate Admissions at (814) 871-7474, or at Additional information or questions about the course can be directed to Fr. Jason A. Glover at (814) 871-5495 or at