Tantur International Advisory Board Member, the Right Reverend Jonathan Goodall, SSC, Bishop of Ebbsfleet of the Church of England and former chaplain and ecumenical secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury, was a member of the Anglican delegation at the canonization of Bishop Oscar Romero on October 14th, 2018, accompanying Archbishop Emeritus of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Oscar Romero is recognized as a saint in both the Catholic and Anglican church, and was also canonized along with Pope Paul VI, the driving figure behind the founding of Tantur Ecumenical Institute, as well as five other members of the Church. Bishop Jonathan's relationship with Tantur extends back to his residence at Tantur during the rectorship of Fr. Thomas Stransky, CSP (1988-1999). Read More
Tantur Ecumenical Institute is pleased to welcome back Hannah Hemphill to Tantur as she assumes the position of Academic Director of Notre Dame’s Jerusalem Global Gateway. Hannah was appointed to the position in September 2018. In her role, she provides academic oversight for future research programs, enhances Notre Dame’s scholarly and research visibility within the region, develops and deepens collaborations with universities in the Holy Land, and creates pathways for Notre Dame faculty, post-docs, and graduate students to extend the global reach of their research and scholarship. She also supervises Notre Dame's undergraduate academic programs in Jerusalem. Hannah and her husband served as co-directors of Notre Dame’s undergraduate programs in Jerusalem from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, she held an internship at Tantur for Notre Dame’s Department of Theology, researching the Institute’s history, implementing Notre Dame’s undergraduate pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and assisting with Tantur and Notre Dame program development. From 2014 to 2015, she conducted a year of dissertation research at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, before returning to South Bend to be the primary caretaker of her young children while her husband completed his Ph.D. Hannah is completing a Ph.D. in Theology from Notre Dame in the coming months. She holds master’s degrees from St. Andrews, Notre Dame, and Oxford. Hannah will be residing at Tantur with her husband Brian, also a full-time scholar with strong ties to both Tantur and the Department of Theology of the University of Notre Dame, and their two children, Lucy and Agnes. Welcome Hannah! Read More
Catholic Times contributor Chris McDonnell writes on the legacy of Tantur Rector Donald Nicholl.
I write of a place and a person. The place is on the edge of southern Jerusalem, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, the person is Donald Nicholl.
The vision for such a place came about in the 60s following the Vatican Council where both Anglican and Protestant observers were welcomed in their attendance. Paul VI, successor of the visionary John XXIII, who first called the Council, dreamed of an ecumenical institute to continue their discussions. The following year, in 1964, the Patriarch Athenagoras met with Paul VI on the Mount of Olives and so began an opening between the Western Church and that of the East. Their meeting was to culminate when the two leaders would lift the bans of excommunication that had been in effect since the Great Schism of 1054, an extraordinary event. Jerusalem became the obvious place for an institute to further this new relationship. Read More
In July 2018, Prof. Nenad Bozovic' PhD, of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade, Serbia, attended the "Salvation History Today" summer seminar held at Tantur. This annual seminar is co-organized by the Department of Theology of the University of Notre Dame and Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Read More
Fr. Denis Blackledge, SJ, was a participant in the 2014 Three Month Continuing Education Program, on sabbatical from serving as priest at Corpus Christ parish, Bournemouth of the Catholic Church of England and Wales. Little did he know that not long after he would be transferred to St. Francis Xavier parish of the archdiocese of Liverpool, he would become an advisor to the hit BBC series Broken Read More
Olive Pickers Wanted
Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem is presently taking bids for this season's olive picking.
Olive pickers will be responsible for collecting all olives on Tantur's property. Olive picking season will last from October until finishing picking all olive trees, but not to exceed the end of November 2018. Read More
Brother Roger of Taize
Chris McDonnell - Originally published in Catholic Times, August 17th 2018.
Thirteen years ago, on August 16th, 2005, the founder of the Taize ecumenical community was attacked and killed during evening prayer. He was stabbed several times in the neck and died shortly after being carried from the church by some of his brothers. Read More
Sister Bridget Tighe, FMDM, a former Vice Rector of Tantur, has been awarded the inaugural Trocaire Romero International Award, in recognition of her many years of work in Gaza and the Middle East. In a ceremony held on August 18th held at the Franciscan Convent Chapel in Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland. Read More
Last year, scholar and Professor Emerita of Eastern Mennonite University Dorothy Jean Weaver released her latest book, The Irony of Power. 26 years in the making, three essays within the book were written at Tantur during various sabbaticals from 1996 to 2010, the last sabbatical being the period of time in which Dorothy envisioned he book itself. Here, New Testament scholar and journalist Reta Finger reviews The Irony of Power Read More