"We need to know each other better and, on the strength of
that mutual discovery, to build relationships not just of
tolerance, but of authentic respect."
- Pope Benedict XVI, October 2006
The Center for Catholic-Jewish
Studies (CCJS) was established at Saint Leo University in 1998
through a formal Memorandum of Agreement between Saint Leo and the
American Jewish Committee—one of the oldest Jewish advocacy
organizations in the United States.
Open to all, CCJS promotes interfaith dialogue on contemporary
and historical issues, and educates communities on the
philosophical and theological impact of Catholicism and Judaism on
Located in deChantal Hall on the Saint Leo University campus,
CCJS is the only organization of its kind in the Southeast.
Our mission is simple and yet complex: To build mutual respect,
understanding and appreciation among Jews, Catholics and all
religious communities in the Greater Tampa Bay region and the
American Southeast by providing opportunities for interfaith
education and dialogue. We do this knowing full well the complexity
of historical and contemporary interreligious strife between
various religious communities. We offer resources to serve clergy,
congregations, teachers and students at all levels, and the
community at large. Programs include:
Together, in the spirit of "tikkum olam"—Hebrew for the
Jewish concept of repairing the world, of making it a better place—
CCJS promotes interreligious dialogue, social action and justice,
as well as education. For us, interfaith dialogue is always
respectful, reciprocal and constructive. We seek to understand what
we have in common rather than what drives us apart.
Find out how you can get involved, and support CCJS.
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Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies
Saint Leo University
PO Box 6665 - MC2460
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665