Name: Fr. Simon Esshaki
Position: Assistant pastor at St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral
Degree/Year: MA in Biblical Theology, 2015
Could you describe what your job entails? What is the most rewarding part of it?
I am a Catholic priest, so I spend my time administering the sacraments to the people of my parish as well as doing other pastoral work that involves teaching people about God’s love as expressed in Scripture.
How did you find that job?
I joined the seminary after some time of discernment.
How did JPCatholic’s MA in Biblical Theology prepare you for your job?
JP Catholic’s MA in Biblical Theology helped me grow deeper in love with Christ as I studied his Sacred Word. That growth and understanding of God’s word helped me to become more mature in my faith, so that I can help others mature in theirs. Every time I preach the Gospel and teach people about God, I use the material or methods of interpretation that I learned at JPCatholic. The program was the foundation for a lifetime of delving into Scripture and knowing God’s love by his revelation.
What’s your biggest takeaway from your time in the MA Program?
My biggest takeaway from my time in the MA program at JP Catholic was seeing how important Scripture was for all theology. It really is the heart of all theology and the source of it – that is why it’s so important to have Biblical theology as the foundation for all theological studies.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give to someone interested in the MA program?
I would encourage anyone interested in JPCatholic’s MA program to give it a shot. The material that is presented and the way that is presented is top-notch. The program will not only help you understand all about God’s plan of salvation, but ultimately it will help you know God personally through his Word and will give you the tools to help others do the same.