Tantur Ecumenical Institute Leadership

The faculty and administrative staff of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute are a dedicated group of individuals from different national, religious and professional backgrounds. Together, they work with the leadership and team of The University of Notre Dame at Tantur to make the work of our institute possible.


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 the Tantur Ecumenical Institute's continuing education programs and offerings for visiting groups.  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). ​​​​​​


Rawan Zahran, Program Coordinator


Rawan Zahran is from East Jerusalem, and is a graduate of North Park University, Chicago with a BA in Psychology and a minor in conflict resolution. She has worked with various NGOs in youth and children programs (social emotional training and empowerment). She was also ex-General Secretary of the Youth of Jesus’s Home Land (YJHL), National Christian Youth Movement in Palestine, and Middle East representative, nominated by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Rawan has worked with the Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) as field coordinator and international advocacy officer. In this role, she trained and supervised fieldworkers of documented human rights violations, conducted side events and Oral statements representation at the Netherlands, UN headquarters NY, and Human Rights Council (HRC) at Genève, ministries of Foreign Affairs, media outlets, and civil society. Currently she is a member at the advisory board of World Vision Jerusalem.  Rawan has been working as Program Coordinator at TEI since 2019.