Tantur Faculty and Staff

The faculty and administrative staff of Tantur are a dedicated group of individuals from different national, religious and professional backgrounds.  Together, they work with our facilities and groundskeeping team who make the work of our institute possible. 

Fr. JP

Rev. John M. Paul, SJ, Rector


“Fr. JP”, is a member of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  He was ordained in 1980 and has a Masters of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from The Catholic University in Washington DC.  He has served as Director of Novices, Assistant Provincial, Director of Formation, and Provincial Assistant for Native Ministry in his years of internal governance within the Jesuits.  He also has ministered with Native peoples on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota working as teacher, superior, president, and superintendent of schools at Red Cloud Indian School.  Prior to coming to Tantur, he was at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  He was a participant in Tantur’s 6-week program in 2013.

Frederic Masson

Frederic Masson, Program Director 


Frederic Masson is the Program Director, responsible for the oversight of all Tantur and visiting programs. Frederic is from the Alpine Mountains of France.  He has lived for 15 years in the Middle East, spending his time between Syria and Jerusalem.  Frederic is a member of the Syriac Catholic Diocese of Jerusalem, and has completed his theological studies with the intention of becoming ordained clergy.  He brings to his position experience with ecumenism, sustainable tourism and Interreligious dialogue. He is married to Stephanie Saldana,  a poet, university lecturer, and author of The Bread of Angels. Together they live at Tantur with their three children.

Fr. Khaled Anatolios

Fr. Khaled Anatolios, Senior Ecumenical Fellow


Fr. Khaled Anatolios is the John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a priest of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. As Senior Ecumenical Fellow, Fr. Anatolios is charged with sponsoring academic activities, at both the University of Notre Dame and the Tantur Ecumenical Center, that contribute to the quest for Christian unity. Fr. Anatolios is a theologian who specializes in early Christian and eastern Christian theology. Among his many publications are Deification through the Cross. An Eastern Christian Theology of Salvation (Eerdmans, 2020); Retrieving Nicaea. The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine (Baker Academic, 2011 & 2018); and Athanasius. The Coherence of his Thought (Routledge: 1998 & 2004). ​​​​​​

Daniel Schwake

Dr. Daniel Schwake, Executive Director

Daniel leads the strategic and managerial aspects for the University of Notre Dame's operations at Tantur, and assists in the implementation of the academic vision and strategy expressed through the Tantur Ecumenical Institute and the Jerusalem Global Gateway. Prior to joining the University of Notre Dame at Tantur, Daniel served more than a decade in the financial services and consulting industry, advising top executives of large corporations, financial institutions, regulators and ministries. He led the execution of high profile engagements across the globe, covering a wide range of topics, including enterprise-wide strategy, financial planning, risk and regulation, and restructuring. Daniel holds a B.Sc. and Diploma (M.Sc.) in business administration from the University of Münster, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. He speaks fluent Arabic, English, Hebrew and German.

Mark Mina

Mark Mina, Director of Operations and Facility Management







Involved in Jerusalem's Catholic, Coptic and Orthodox communities, Mark Mina is a practical example of ecumenical Christianity in the Holy Land.  As Director of Operations and Facility Management, Mark is responsible for day-to-day facilities management, oversees administration of facilities staff, Human Resources, IT, Landscaping and assists the Executive Director with the many challenges that come with administration and upkeep of our large institution, its buildings and property.  Mark has BA in Finance, MA Degree in Organizational Counseling and MA in International Cooperation and Development; he brings over a decade of nonprofit financial and administrative management experience to the University of Notre Dame at Tantur. He is married with three children, and is active in many Palestinian Christian civic organizations. 

Jiries Asfour Website

Jiries Asfour, Director of Finance  


Jiries Asfour has a BA in Accounting and a CPA degree. He started working at the University of Notre Dame at Tantur in 2016; he is responsible for all financial matters.  He has eight years of auditing experience. He is a resident of Jerusalem, and was married in the summer of 2016.