The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies

 

The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology was established as a tribute to Professor Richard Lux, Ph.D., on the occasion of his retirement after 37 years on the Sacred Heart faculty. Its purpose is to establish a legacy that will continue his life’s work in strengthening Catholic-Jewish relations.

Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund to speak at March 9 Lux Lecture

"How is archeology changing Jewish and Catholic identity?"

Well-known archeologist Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund will Rabbi Freunddiscuss exciting recent discoveries around the Sea of Galilee. Both the Jesus movement and the Rabbinical tradition emerged from this same soil. Freund will explore what Jews and Catholics may be able to share with respect to their common roots in that place.

About Dr. Rabbi Freund:
Long before his appearances on TV specials brought him status as a celebrity archaeologist, Rabbi Freund earned his reputation as an author, university professor and, foremost, a working archeologist. He is director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Freund is an ordained rabbi with a Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has also written two volumes on Jewish ethics. Freund has directed six archaeological projects in Israel, including digs at Qumran, Nazareth and Yavne, as well as projects in Spain. He has also appeared in the History Channel’s “God vs. Satan: The Final Battle,” CNN’s “After Jesus: The First Christians” and NOVA’s “Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land,” based on his book “Secrets of the Cave of Letters.”


Sunday, March 9 2:00 p.m.
Main Lobby, Sacred Heart School of Theology
7335 S. Highway 100, Franklin, Wis. 53132

This is a free public lecture, but registration is required.


Past headlines

Fr. Kevin Spicer, CSC, gives lecture on the role of Catholic Priests during the Nazi Holocaust

Fr. Spicer speaks to group

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, the Rev. Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, Ph.D., (left), professor of history at Stonehill College in Boston, gave a presentation entitled “Catholics, Nazis, Jews: The Complex History” as part of the Lux Center’s Holocaust Study Institute. His lecture explored the actions, or inaction, of Germany’s Catholic priests in the face of the Nazis’ persecution of Europe’s Jews. Bonnie Shafrin (top center) of the Holocaust Education Resource Center, co-sponsor of the event, Dr. Richard Lux (top right), and the Rev. Scott Jones, SDS, Ph.D., of the SHST faculty, welcomed more than 100 guests attending the lecture.

Benefit dinner brings financial support
amid serious theology

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University, participated in several events sponsored by the Lux Center at Sacred Heart School of Theology April 19 through 21.

Photos above:

A., B. and E.: Levine and Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Richard Sklba teamed up to present dual lectures on how Catholics and Jews can benefit from understanding each other's faiths and scriptures, at a Lux Center fundraiser. About 160 Catholics and Jews attended the event, held at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale, Wis.

C.: Levine conducted a workshop for faculty of SHST and other area colleges and universities on Friday afternoon, with Dr. Richard Lux. Her topic was, "Christian and Jewish Readings of the Parables: Theological and Pastoral Implications."

D and F.: Levine presented a two-hour lecture on "How to avoid anti-Jewish Teaching and Preaching" to about 200 seminarians, faculty, religious educators from the Milwaukee community, and international priests and nuns enrolled in SHST's English language program.

Benefit dinner plans gearing up

Community organizations and individuals are stepping forward eagerly to support the Lux Center's April 21 benefit dinner, featuring noted scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Bishop Richard Sklba. Catholic Financial Life, the Marcus Corporation Foundation, Bob and Mimi Habush, BMO Harris Bank, Beth Peterman in memory of her husband Bob Peterman, the Priests of the Sacred Heart, the Jewish Community Center, Atid Properties, and many others have stepped forward as sponsors. The Lux Center is extremely grateful for these organizations' contributions to Catholic-Jewish dialogue.

Announcing: 2013 Holocaust Study Institute

The Lux Center is pleased to announce the creation of its Holocaust Study Institute, a one semester evening class beginging in January, 2013, followed by a study trip to Israel. Educators may be eligible for scholarships. More ...

Dr. Lux Video

The Lux Center has recently released a video featuring Dr. Lux describing the rationale and goals of the Lux Center. See it here.

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