Dr. Eugene Fisher to speak at Jewish-Christian Dialogue March 11

Tue, 03/04/2008 (All day)

MOBILE – The Mobile Jewish-Christian Dialogue will host “The Current State of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in Byrne Memorial Hall, on the campus of Spring Hill College. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Eugene Fisher, who from 1977 to 2007was the associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, will present the lecture. Fisher succeeded Father Edward H. Flannery, who had held the post since its establishment in 1967, following the Second Vatican Council. Fisher was the first layperson to hold such an NCCB post.

Fisher received his Ph.D. is in Hebrew culture and education from New York University in 1976.  He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore in 1999 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Seton Hall University in 2004. Fisher is an active member of numerous learned and professional societies and associations. He has published more than 20 books and 300 articles.

In April of 1981, Fisher was appointed by Pope John Paul II to be consultor to the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. In 1985 he was named a member of the International Vatican-Jewish Liaison Committee, representing the Holy See. In 2000 he represented the Holy See at the International Conference on the Holocaust in Stockholm, and in 2001 at the International Lutheran-Jewish Conference in Budapest. In 2003 he was the Rabbi Hugo Gryn Fellow at Cambridge University, England.

For more information on the Mobile Jewish-Christian Dialogue, contact the Department of Theology at (251) 380-4460.