Since its founding in 1917, Providence College has actively promoted Catholic and Jewish engagement. Building on this history, the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange (JCTE) committee was established by the Theology Department in 2007 and has continued to extend opportunities for Jews and Christians to pursue "mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies, as well as of fraternal dialogues" (Nostra Aetate 4). Reflecting on the common spiritual heritage as well as the unique identities of Jews and Christians, our mission is to foster interreligious learning, understanding, and friendship. The JCTE hosts major lectures, colloquia, and other initiatives on the Providence College campus. These events provide a welcoming forum where members of the college join the broader Rhode Island community, to engage with local religious leaders and nationally recognized experts to discuss themes of mutual theological interest. In continuity with Providence College’s long-standing tradition, the JCTE promotes interreligious understanding and dialogue in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate).
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"My Forty-Year Journey: A Rabbi Reflects on the Impact of Vatican II and Jewish-Catholic Reconciliation"
Rabbi Jack Bemporad Center for Interreligious Understanding & Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas
For more past lectures and colloquia, please go to our events page.
Jewish-Catholic Dialogue: 2,000 Years But Just Beginning
As we enter the final year of a three-year series commemorating Nostra Aetate, New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan, who represents the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as co-chair of the national Jewish-Catholic dialogue, will speak on the future of Jewish-Catholic relations. The event will be held on November 3, 2016, at 7 p.m. in St. Dominic Chapel. Pre-register here.