Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Saint Leo University, FL


St Leo logoSaint Leo University and the American Jewish Committee have undertaken a project to promote a collaborative partnership between Judaism and Catholicism. The Center was established at Saint Leo University in 1998 through a formal Memorandum of Agreement between the University and the American Jewish Committee.

Founded to promote interfaith dialogue on contemporary problems and to address historical conflicts, as well as to educate the communities on the philosophical and theological understandings of the two faiths and their impact on modern society, the Center was the brainchild of Bishop Robert N. Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop John J. Nevins of the Diocese of Venice, Rabbi A. James Rudin, national director of interreligious activities for the American Jewish Committee and Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr., President of Saint Leo University.

The purpose of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Catholic and Jewish traditions along with their mutual interplay through conferences, town hall meetings, interreligious dialogue and sharing of both adults and young people, etc.

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