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.

Tantur Ecumenical Institute Leadership

  • 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

    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 Mountain region of France. He has lived in the Middle East for 15 years, 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 is experienced in ecumenism, sustainable tourism and interreligious dialogue. He is married to Stephanie Saldana, a poet, university lecturer, and author of The Bread of Angels. The couple has three children and live at Tantur.

  • Rawan Zahran

    Program Coordinator

    Rawan Zahran is from East Jerusalem, and is a graduate of North Park University, Chicago where she obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in Conflict Resolution. She has worked with various NGOs in youth and children programs, focusing on social emotional training and empowerment. Rawan was General Secretary  and Middle East representative (nominated by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem) of the Youth of Jesus’s Home Land (YJHL, also known as the National Christian Youth Movement in Palestine). She 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 on documenting human rights violations, conducted side events, and presented oral statements at the Hague, the United Nations headquarters in New York, the Human Rights Council (HRC) at Genève, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, media outlets, and civil society. Currently Rawan is a member at the advisory board of World Vision Jerusalem. She has been working as Program coordinator at TEI since 2019.

  • 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, he 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). ​​​​​​

  • University of Notre Dame at Tantur Leadership

    • Dr. Daniel Schwake

      Executive Director

      Dr. Daniel Schwake was appointed the Executive Director for the University of Notre Dame in Jerusalem in April, 2019. Schwake joined Notre Dame after a decade in the consulting industry. He most recently held the position of principal (associate partner) in the strategy consulting firm Oliver Wyman. He provided advice to top executives of large corporations, financial institutions, regulators and ministries. He has 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, re-organisation, and restructuring. Previously, Schwake held a similar position with Deloitte and had previously also worked in asset management with Deutsche Bank Group. He 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. Schwake speaks fluent English, German, Arabic and Hebrew.

    • 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 for the University of Notre Dame at Tantur, 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 a BA in Finance, an MA Degree in Organizational Counseling and an 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.