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.

  • Nizzar Halloun

    Program Director

    Mr. Nizar Halloun succeeds Fr. Jonas (Frederic) Masson, who will become pastor of the Syriac Catholic Church in Bethlehem in the near future.

    He was born and raised in Jerusalem, his extended family is rooted in Galilee’s Greek-Catholic community where many still live.
     
    With a Bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris, Nizar spent several years working with the (Franciscan) Custody of the Holy Land’s media departments. In addition, Nizar is a licensed tour guide, speaking fluent English, French, Arabic and Hebrew. He is experienced in Christian Palestinian affairs, alternative tourism, and journalism. Nizar and his wife Aida have a baby son, Carmel.

  • 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.

  • Sr. Marie-Farouza Maximos

    Program Office Intern

    Sr. Marie-Farouza has been a consecrated sister of the Chemin Neuf Community for about 15 years.  The Chemin Neuf Community, a Catholic community with an ecumenical charism and rooted in both Ignatian Spirituality and Charismatic Renewal, is committed to pray and work for Peace and Unity among Christians and between peoples.  Sr. Marie-Farouza has a Franco-Egyptian origin; she was born and raised in France and deeply love the diversity of her double ethnicity, spirituality (Coptic and Roman), and cultures.  She studied Fine Arts, Literature, and Theology and has spent several years working in the Holy Land with the Chemin Neuf Community and the Sisters of Sion.  Among her ministries and interests, she is engaged in works of writing, drawing and photography as well as having been involved in the creation of a performance on the Song of Songs.  

  • 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-organization, 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.