Institute for Judaeo-Christian Studies is Established
Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher arrives at Seton Hall and establishes the Institute for Judaeo-Christian Studies.
Sister Rose Thering Comes to Seton Hall
Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Ph.D. is hired by Monsignor Oesterreicher to coordinate his programs both on campus and in the community.
Trips to Israel
Sister Rose organizes and leads 54 tours to Israel for teachers and lay people.
Master's Degree in Jewish-Christian Studies Established
Founding of Department of Jewish-Christian Studies offering Master's degree in that subject area.
David M. Bossman, Ph.D.
David M. Bossman, Ph.D. arrives at Seton Hall, serves as Provost and Chair of the Department of Jewish-Christian Studies.
Evening of Roses
Friends of Sister Rose establish an endowment in her honor that offers scholarships to teachers to take graduate courses in the department. The program is overseen by a board of trustees, by-laws are written and approved, funds are raised through the Evening of Roses when honorary degrees in Humane Letters and Humanitarian of the Year Awards are bestowed on individuals who contribute to fostering and improving interfaith relations.
Mandate Requires Teaching About the Holocaust
The State of New Jersey, under then Governor Christine Todd Whitman, establishes a mandate that requires teaching about the Holocaust and genocides in all schools, grade K-12, in New Jersey. Sister Rose, and early advocate for this program, is appointed one of the founding members of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, one of the first such commissions in the United States.
Sister Rose's Passion Film
Sister Rose’s Passion, a short documentary film directed by Oren Jacoby, is released. The film chronicles Sister Rose’s battle against anti-Semitism. It wins the Best Documentary Short Award at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival and is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
Sister Rose Thering Passes Away
Sister Rose Thering, O.P, Ph.D., passes away on May 6 and is buried in her native home of Racine, Wisconsin.
Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies
The name of the organization is changed to the Sister Rose Thering Fund for Education in Jewish-Christian Studies in order to clarify its purpose and establish its mission of advancing Sister Rose's legacy of fostering understanding and cooperation among Jews, Christian and people of other religious traditions through advocacy and education. Over the years, the Fund has offered scholarships to well over 400 teachers who have taken the knowledge gained back to their classrooms where they have had an impact in reducing prejudice among their thousands of students.