The Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies

at Sacred Heart Seminary and 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.

Our Mission

It is the mission of the Lux Center to instill the knowledge, understanding and skills to advance interreligious dialogue and relations in future Catholic priests and religious leaders serving across the United States, Canada and throughout the world. The Lux Center provides seminarians, priests, church leaders and the community at large with a richer understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to share the Jewish spiritual roots of Catholicism. This training renders it possible to encourage dialogue and mutual understanding in parishes and with the greater community.

What We Do

The Lux Center — as a program within a seminary — is uniquely positioned to improve interreligious understanding:

– Dedicated faculty position in Jewish studies
– Seminarian study trips in Israel
– Public lectures with renowned scholars
– Annual seminary-hosted symposium on Catholic-Jewish relations
– Seminary events recognizing Jewish holidays, liturgy and history
– Library with extensive public Judaica collection
– Speakers’ bureau for churches and synagogues
– Teaching about the Holocaust
– Provide specialty classes on topics of interest