The Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, Director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies and Associate Professor and Director of the Jewish-Christian Graduate Program, will be participating in an international congress at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from October 26-28, 2015. Organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the Pontifical Gregorian University, the congress will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conciliar declaration Nostra Aetate, on the relationships between the Catholic Church and non-Christian religions.
Representatives from various religions will both celebrate Nostra Aetate and evaluate the document's implications and impact over the past 50 years. In 1967 Father Frizzell's predecessor at the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher, answered Pope Saint John XXIII's call for an ecumenical council by appealing to Augustin Cardinal Bea to examine the relation of the Church to the Jewish people. Monsignor Oesterreicher's work resulted in his becoming a principal architect of the "Statement on the Church's Bond to the Jewish People" (paragraph 4) within Nostra Aetate. This pioneering document laid the foundation for positive Jewish-Christian relations and influenced the work of numerous individuals, episcopal conferences, bishops and other organizations throughout the world.
Father Frizzell will be attending the conference in his capacity as Consultor to the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. He was appointed to this position by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, and Pope Francis renewed his assignment in January 2014. A specialist in Jewish-Christian studies and relations, Father Frizzell has been at Seton Hall since 1974 when he helped to design the curriculum for the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. This unique curriculum was the first of its kind in the world and continues to serve as a model for educating in ways to increase mutual understanding and harmony. To learn more about Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program, click here», and to learn more about the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, visit their website.
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