Matjaž Celarc (*1979), Assistant at the Department for the Biblical Studies and Judaism (2017-), is a priest of Archdiocese of Ljubljana.
After he graduated at the Diocesan Classical Gymnasium in Ljubljana (1998), he dedicated himself to the study of theology. First, he studied theology at the Faculty of Theology in Ljubljana (TEOF: 1998-2000) and then at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (PUG: 2000-2003). After finishing his baccalaureate in theology and a pastoral year in Slovenia (2003-2004), he proceeded with the Second cycle, Licentiate Study, in Dogmatic Theology at PUG (2004-2006).
After he was ordained as a priest (2006), he worked for two years as a chaplain in the parish of Grosuplje (2006-2008), then he dedicated himself to the study of the Bible. At the Pontifical Biblical Institute (PIB) he studied for his Licentiate in biblical science (2008-2012), then he was writing his Ph.D. in biblical theology at PUG (2012-2016). In 2016 he finished his Ph.D. with the thesis entitled Restored People of God, in which he examined the narrative summaries in the first five chapters of Acts of the Apostles that portray the community as the restored people of God as already envisioned by the prophet Isaiah.
From 2016 he is Prefect of Studies in the Seminary of Ljubljana, but he also pastoral active as the assistant priest in parishes Št. Jurij Grosuplje (2017-2018) and Zg. Tuhinj, Špitalič in Motnik (2018-).