Regular Faculty

  • Approaching the Qur'an - Celebrating the Commitment of Nostra Aetate

    Interreligious dialogue is a ministry of the Church. It is an area of service and study that has a long tradition in the Church and in contemporary times has been renewed with the directives of Vatican II and more recently in the synod on “New Evangelization.” In our current global reality, it is becoming one of the most critical ministries of Catholics, Jews and Muslims throughout the world.

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  • Resources on the Qur'an, Islam and Interreligious Dialogue

    A compilation of resources provided by Sr. Marianne Farina

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  • Christian Unity Week: January 15- 25, 2013

    Christian Discipleship: Walking the Path of Righteousness - Daily Prayers

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  • Our Christian Journey: A Path Toward Deeper Communion

    Each year the Roman Catholic Church joins with churches and congregations throughout the world, to celebrate a special octave for Christian Unity. This year the Oakland Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs is sponsoring two special programs: a lecture by Dr. Thomas W. Devereaux on “Ecumenism: Where Are The Churches Today?” which will be held on Wednesday January 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm and hosted by St. Columba Church Parish in Oakland, California and special prayer event, “Taizé on the Island: An Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity” organized by St. Joseph Basilica Alameda, CA which will be held on January 25th at 8:00 pm.

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  • Artisans of Peace

    Three women have won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. They are Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman president of Liberia; Leymah Gbowee, peace activist, also from Liberia;and Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist and activist. They join other women who have received this prestigious award in past years. However, this year in bestowing the honor to three women simultaneously, the Nobel committee has emphasized women's contributions to global justice and peace.

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  • Blessed John Henry Newman and Catholic Education

    Cardinal John Henry Newman was an innovative educator and pastor of the Church in 19th century England. Born in London on February 21, 1801, he began his academic career at the age of 15, at Trinity College of Oxford University, followed by a fellowship at Oriel, one of Oxford’s most intellectually vibrant colleges. As a leader in the 1845 movement to restore Anglicanism back to its Catholic roots, he became drawn to Catholicism. Officially received into the Church on October 9, 1846, he was ordained a priest later that year.

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  • Promoting Religious Solidarity: Learning about World Religions

    Catholics throughout the world are recognizing the need to reach out in solidarity with people from various cultural and religious traditions. In light of this growing awareness the Oakland Diocese will begin a program for parishes to learn about world's religions and the Church's dialogue ministry.

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  • On the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 - A Prayer for Healing by Sr. Marianne Farina

    The following is a prayer composed by Sr. Marianne Farina, CSC right after the 9-11 attacks and is modeled on the Chaplet. It was issued on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15th as a way to join in solidarity with the victims of the great tragedy and its aftermath.

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  • Interreligious Dialogue: A Proposal for Remembering 9/11

    As we come to the tenth anniversary of 9-11, many gather to remember, honor, and pray for the victims of this tragedy and its aftermath. We join in solidarity with their families and communities, resolute in our desire to seek justice, to heal divisions, and to bring peace. Critical to this commitment is our ongoing efforts to promote interreligious dialogue.

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