The Center as a Resource

The CCJS is a community, regional, and national resource.
To fulfill its mission, the Center offers the following:

  • Academic courses that focus
    on team-taught perspectives
    from Christian, Jewish, and
    Islamic studies, both to
    university students and
    adult learners
  • An annual institute
    on Hispanic-Jewish
    interreligious dialogue
  • International academic
    conferences that will illuminate
    the past, present, and future of
    interreligious dialogue
  • A distance-learning program for
    individuals and congregations
    throughout the United States
  • Creation of new curricula
    for religious middle school
    and high school programs by
    working with Christian, Jewish,
    and Muslim educators
  • The creation of an “Abrahamic
    Youth in Action” series of social
    action projects for Jewish,
    Christian, and Muslim day schools
  • A “tripling program” among
    churches, synagogues, and
    mosques for interreligious
    dialogue and cultural exchange
  • A “One-Day Dialogue of the
    Abrahamic Communities”
    study program focused on
    adult living communities
    in Florida and the
    American Southeast
  • Academic colloquia for rabbis,
    priests, ministers, imams,
    and deacons
  • Professional development
    programs for scholars
    active in religious

Blessing To One Another

“As Christians and Jews, following the example of the faith of Abraham, we are called to be a blessing for the world.This is a common task awaiting us. It is therefore necessary for us, Christians and Jews, to be first a blessing to one another.” — Pope John Paul II, April 1993

“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 at Saint Leo University has both dedicated lay leadership and a superb professional staff. But it also requires the commitment and generosity of its many friends and supporters who recognize the extraordinary role the Center plays in building human bridges of mutual respect and understanding.” — Rabbi A. James Rudin, September 2009

A Brief Guide for Interfaith Education and Dialogue:

  • Interfaith dialogue is about conversation, not conversion
  • Interfaith dialogue should be respectful, reciprocal, and constructive
  • The goal of interfaith dialogue is more interfaith dialogue

For information regarding the Rabbi A. James Rudin Endowment for Interreligious Studies at Saint Leo University please contact the Center Director.

Other Resources

The Center encourages you to visit the websites of these respected interfaith education and dialogue resources:

Paulist Press

Saint Leo University Library

Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations

American Jewish Committee