Recent News & Events
November 9, 2017 • Two lectures and an interview featuring Dr. Victoria Barnett of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
- “ Theologian Against the Nazis: New Questions, New Findings about Dietrich Bonhoeffer,”
- “From Silence to Protest: Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant reactions during the Holocaust”
- Daily Theology interview of Dr. Barnett with Dr. Steve Okey and Dr. Matthew Tapie
May 13, 2017 • 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
March 29, 2017 • Holocaust survivor Pieter
Kohnstam shared his story at Saint Leo
Click here for more information about this event.
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
On 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.