Recent News & Events

2017-2018 Events

November 9, 2017 •  Two lectures and an interview featuring Dr. Victoria Barnett of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. 

     Photo of Dr. Victoria Barnett speaking at podium


May 13, 2017 • CCJS provides workshop on Catholic-Jewish relations for the deacons of the Diocese of St. Petersburg 

     CCJS provides workshop on Catholic-Jewish relations for the deacons of the Diocese of St. Petersburg


April 3, 2017 • CCJS trilateral dialogue reported by the  Tampa Bay Times

     CCJS trilateral dialogue reported by the Tampa Bay Times


March 29, 2017 • Holocaust survivor Pieter Kohnstam shared his story at Saint Leo 
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      Pieter Kohnstam, Holocaust survivor, shared his story at Saint Leo

2015-2016 Events

Hundreds attend events featuring Pope Francis's close friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka on November 1st - 2nd, 2016


Bishop Robert Lynch, Rabbi Jim Rudin and Fr. Dennis McManus discuss new Vatican document

April 6th, 2016 Bishop Robert Lynch, Rabbi Jim Rudin and Fr. Dennis McManus discussed new Vatican document 


Rabbi Jim Rudin to Visit Saint Leo in April

April 5th, 2016 Rabbi Jim Rudin delivered a series of lectures at Saint Leo


On November 16th, 2015 Dr. John Borelli & Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn discussed contemporary challenges in Catholic-Jewish Relations

November 16th, 2015 Catholic-Jewish Dialogue featuring Dr. John Borelli and Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn


Gabriel Said Reynolds

November 4th, 2015 Dr. Gabriel Said Reynolds “The Church and Islam 50 Years After Nostra Aetate”

October 21st, 2015 - Dr. Vasumathi Badrinathan & Dr. Matthew Tapie “Hindu-Catholic Dialogue on Hinduism in Contemporary India”

After Nostra Aetate

After Nostra Aetate: Understanding Contemporary Challenges in Interfaith Relations

September 3rd, 2015 Fr. Marcel Sigrist OP
“Jesus, Joseph, and the Significance of the Spiritual Interpretation of the Bible”

July 20th, 2015 - CCJS Appoints New Director

2014-2015 Events

 The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies welcomes Fr. Marcel Sigrist, OP, director of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, a center of Biblical study founded by the Dominican Order

Fr. Marcel SigristOn Thursday, Sept. 3, and Saturday, Sept. 5, scholar Father Marcel Sigrist, O.P. director of the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, a center of Biblical study founded by the Dominican Order, presented two talks to Saint Leo University faculty, students, and the public. The Sept. 3 topic was "Jesus and Joseph-The Hidden Story," and the Sept. 5 topic "The Dominican Presence in the Holy Land: 1250 to Today." The talks were held in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center and jointly sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion, and The Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.

A Dinner for Father Patrick Desbois and Staff of Yahad-In Unum

In June, Professor Novak and a small group of faculty and staff were privileged to host a dinner for Father Patrick Desbois, a French Roman Catholic priest, who was speaking in St. Petersburg at the conference for the Association of Holocaust Organizations, along with two of his American staff. His organization, Yahad-In Unum (Hebrew and Latin for “together” and “in one”) has been instrumental in tracking down the mass graves of Jews and Roma murdered by the Nazis in Eastern Europe, painstakingly interviewing people across the region in hopes of finding eyewitnesses to the murders who can help piece together this hidden history. Along with representing this less-known dimension of the history of the Shoah, this group’s work has come to be valuable for the investigators of contemporary genocide, too, as others come to them to learn their techniques.


Marcia and Rabbi A. James Rudin as Visiting Scholars

Marcia and Rabbi James Rudin – himself a co-founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies – spent the first month of the 2014-2015 academic year as visiting scholars in residence at Saint Leo University, after determining that they had an unusually open space in their busy schedules. Both gave guest lectures in a number of classes (Marcia Rudin was formerly a professor of Philosophy) and team-taught a session in Professor Randall Woodard’s course on the Theological, Moral, and Spiritual Aspects of Marriage and Sexuality. Both gave public lectures (linked below) and made themselves available for other activities, including colloquia for both religion majors and faculty, and Rabbi Rudin’s team-teaching Professor Novak’s graduate course on the Hebrew Scriptures for the deacon-candidates of the Diocese of Orlando.

Marcia Rudin’s public lecture, “When Religion Goes Bad: Cultic Spiritual Abuse.”

Rabbi James Rudin’s public lecture, “Building the Bridge: Nostra Aetate, Catholics, and Jews.”


CCJS Supporting Faculty Scholarship

The CCJS is excited to help two of our faculty members further their abilities in the service of interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, the distinguished professor of Catholic-Jewish studies at Saint Leo University, and formerly the specialist in Catholic-Jewish relations at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, will represent the CCJS at the October national conference of the Council of Centers and Jewish-Christian Relations. The conference is gathering at the Jesuits’ Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, this year, and will be considering such topics as “Pope Francis and the Future of the Dialogue” and “Beyond Intolerance and Hate: Interreligious Relationships in the South.”

A former director of the CCJS, Father Michael Cooper, S.J., will be building on the relationship begun in June as he attends a training seminar given by Yahad-In Unum, the organization founded by French priest Father Patrick Desbois to investigate the lost stories of those Jews and Roma mass-murdered in the Eastern European countryside by the Nazis, before the death camps had come into operation. After our initial contact with Father Desbois this summer, the CCJS was invited to attend this seminar, largely directed toward European teachers of history, in order to train teachers how better to examine this awful episode of the 20th century. Returning to France (where he did his doctoral studies), Father Cooper will also use this opportunity to help the CCJS continue to forge ties with Yahad-In Unum.