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 Vision

To strengthen the living relationship between the Jewish and the Catholic people.


Our Mission

The Lux Center works to strengthen the living relationship between the Jewish and Catholic people by equipping seminarians with the tools and knowledge that they will need in order to present an accurate understanding of Judaism and a positive understanding of Catholic-Jewish relations and  to engage in interreligious activities in their congregations after ordination. The Lux center also benefits the larger community by offering programs, lectures and study materials that promote Catholic-Jewish understanding and dialogue among scholars and the general public.

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, seminars and discussions with renowned scholars
– Annual seminary-hosted symposium on Catholic-Jewish relations
– Seminary events recognizing Jewish holidays, liturgy and history
– Speakers’ bureau for churches and synagogues
– Provide specialty classes on topics of interest
– Opportunities for interreligious dialogue
– Library with extensive Judaica and interreligious studies collection
– Holocaust resources and commemoration events

2021 Winter Jewish Studies Seminar for Christians: The Jewish People and the Church

Seminary Faculty

 Rabbi Scott Shafrin is the Associate Rabbi and Religious School Director at Congregation Kol Rinah, a Conservative Jewish synagogue in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham is Professor of Theology (specializing in Christian-Jewish Relations) and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. and the past president of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

 Dr. Ruth Langer is Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Boston College in Boston, MA., interim director of its Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, and past chair of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations.

 Dr. Rebecca Carter-Chand is the Acting Director, Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

This program is supported with a grant from the Harri Hoffmann Family Foundation.

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2020 Fall Jewish Studies Seminar for Christians: The Jewish People and the Church

The Hebrew Bible: Jewish and Christian Responses

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Presenters: Rabbi Steven Adams and Bishop Richard J. Sklba