Senior Ecumenical Fellow
Pope Paul VI, the founder of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, was deeply moved by the lively discussions which occurred during the Second Vatican Council among the Catholic Council Fathers and the eminent non-Catholic observers, many of whom were renowned and accomplished scholars. In creating the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Pope Paul wrote, "After long and mature deliberation concerning the possibility of founding in Jerusalem an Institute of Higher Studies for the History of Salvation, and this with an ecumenical approach, We feel that the time has come to proceed concretely toward the concrete establishment of the aforementioned Institute." He wished to create an institution which would quicken scholarly reflection and research, at the highest levels, and across denominational boundaries.
In all its initiatives, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute continues its founding vision. The Senior Ecumenical Fellow, in a special way, spearheads scholarly initiatives which seek truth and bring diverse Christian perspectives into dialogue with each other.
Rev. Khaled Anatolios
Fr. 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).