Day of reflection on the Psalms by Msgr. James C. Turro, Ph.D.

MERIDEN, CT (02-12-2011) - Monsignor Turro blessed the Franciscan Sisters, Brothers, Apprentices and their guests with a day of reflection on the Psalms. Msgr. James C. Turro has a BA degree in classical languages and then spent four years studying theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary. Following his ordination, Msgr. Turro was sent to the Catholic University of America, from which he received a licentiate in theology. Thereafter, he went to Rome to study at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. Msgr. Turro added an M.A. and Ph.D. to the pontifical degrees he already had and began his academic writing. He has published numerous articles, books, columns and parish talks. He has taught not only at Immaculate Conception Seminary in the Archdiocese of Newark, but at St. Joseph Seminary, Yonkers, NY; St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania;, and at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut.

The day was started with Mass. Monsignor Turro shared the fact that Jesus used the Psalms in his prayer life during his time on earth. As Franciscan Brother of the Eucharist, pre-postulant Allen Simmons said, “To think that we are using the same prayers that Jesus used over 2,000 years ago! It was exciting as Monsignor Turro gave us many examples of the Psalms with reference to the Old and New Testaments. Reflecting on how important these words were during the time of Jesus, that he prayed the Psalms even on the cross as he was dying, and how important they should be for us as Catholics in His church today, certainly made all of us look at the Psalms differently.” There were many side discussions during break and lunch which inspired questions for Monsignor Turro.

From left, Rachelle de la Cruz, Msgr. Turro and Brother Leo Maneri, FBE enjoy a moment at a break.

Msgr. Turro shares his wisdom on the Psalms with the group.