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Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies

The Brother John G. Driscoll Professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies celebrates the common values and shared roots of the Jewish and Catholic faiths, fostering dialogue and exploration within our community and beyond. Iona has earned an international reputation in the field of Jewish-Catholic relations. Through the Driscoll Professorship, the College continues to be a leading voice for mutual understanding and reconciliation.

As Iona’s first endowed chair, the Professorship is a testament to our late President Br. John G. Driscoll’s legacy and serves to add a unique perspective to the fulfillment of Iona's mission, supporting the values of justice, peace, and service. Read more about the history of the chair.

Iona is a member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR), the national scholarly organization coordinating university centers of study in this area.  Through the CCJR, Iona is represented at the International Council of Christians and Jews.

Engaging the community

The Professorship brings nationally and internationally recognized scholars from around the world to the Iona campus and community at large, creating opportunities for community education at all levels. The Professorship supports courses across the curriculum as well as dramatic and musical explorations of themes in Jewish-Christian Relations.

Passionate about student enlightenment, the Driscoll Professorship has assisted Iona students in gaining internships at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in lower Manhattan.  The Professorship sponsors other key programs such as:

  • Shared Roots, Divergent Paths Series: In its 17th year, this collaboration with the American Jewish Committee is a semi-annual program sponsoring a dialogue between a Jewish and a Catholic scholar on topics as diverse as bio-ethical dilemmas and faith in the public square.
  • Memory and Reconciliation: This transformative study abroad experience brings faculty and students to Auschwitz, Poland, for an intensive week of study during spring break.

In addition, the Professorship supports events, celebrations and commemorations throughout the year.

Memory and Reconciliation: Iona in Poland

The Religious Studies Department at Iona offers a life-changing spring study abroad experience in Poland. Sponsored by Iona’s endowed professorship in Jewish-Catholic Studies, the program brings faculty and students to Auschwitz for an intensive week of study during spring break. Check out our blog to see photos and read about how students have confronted the tragedy and interpreted the meaning of the Holocaust.