Castelot Summer Scripture

Castelot Summer Scripture began in 1996 at the former St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI. The Summer Scripture series is named in honor of Fr.  John (Jack) Castelot (CAST-uh-low) who introduced so many of us in the Archdiocese of Detroit to the richness of the scriptures.  Jack, who died in 1999, was with us for the first two summers, but his blessing remains. We began small – only 40 people attended that first summer. The last few years we numbered about 140. We look forward to welcoming back old friends and meeting new friends this summer for the 24th year of the Castelot Summer Scripture.


There have been many wonderful experiences as we meet summer after summer, but one special delight was welcoming Fr. Jack Castelot’s nephew, John Castelot, in 2010. John, from Manchester NH, was rediscovering his Catholic heritage and wanted to know more about his uncle. 


With the closing of the St. John Center in Plymouth in the fall of 2009, we moved the 2010 Summer Scripture to St. James Parish in Novi MI, The new site offered many advantages, with the disadvantage of no guest rooms on site. In 2013 we moved to Christ the Redeemer Parish in Lake Orion MI. The small chapel was perfect for afternoon Eucharist. We also enjoyed lunch and dinner outside on the covered porches.


Our faculty have included Dianne Bergant, CSA, the late Lawrence Boadt, CSP,  Dr. Warren Carter,  Fr. Raymond Collins,  John Donahue, SJ, Barbara Green, OP,  Daniel Harrington, SJ,  Megan McKenna, the late Fr. Eugene LaVerdiere, Fr. Frank Matera, Fr. J. Patrick Mullen, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, OP.  David Neuhaus SJ, Barbara Reid, OP, John Shea, Sandra Schneiders, IHM., Luke Timothy-Johnson, Walter Vogels, M. Afr.,  Fr. Ron Witherup.


The model is pretty simple. It is not like school, but rather set in the context of prayer – morning and evening prayer, afternoon Eucharist. It is meant for ordinary people who have a love of scripture and a thirst for deeper understanding. 

Why don’t you join us to spend some time with the Good Book this summer?

© Joseph Dailey 2019