Conference Schedule

5:00 p.m. | Dinner for Speaker and Guests - The Inn at Villanova

7:30 p.m. | Welcome - Cinema, Connelly Center

         Message of His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches - Delivered by Rev. Kuriakose Cherupuzhathottathil, Official, Congregation for the Oriental Churches 
7:45 p.m. | Nostra Aetate: The Contested, Minimal and Almost Failed Effort to Embrace a Tragedy and Amend Attitudes
  • John Borelli
    Special Assistant to the President for Catholic Identity and Dialogue, Georgetown University


9:30-10:00 a.m. | Pope Paul VI and his Pilgrimage to Jerusalem in January 1964: Key Event in the Emergence of Nostra Aetate

  • Anthony O'Mahony
    Fellow, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, Reader in the History of Christianity, Heythrop College,
    University of London (1999-2018) and Director for the Centre for Eastern Christianity
    (2009–2018); Holder of the Sir Daniel and Countess Bernardine Murphy Donohue Chair
    in Eastern Christianity.

10:00 a.m. | Break

10:15-11:15 a.m. | Rome and the Eastern Patriarchates: Reflections on Cultural and Historical Factors in the Inter-Church Relations

  • Sidney H. Griffith
    Ordinary Professor Emeritus in the Department of Semitic
    and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences,
    The Catholic University of America.

11:15 | Break

11:30-12:30 p.m. | Catholic Saints and Scholars: Nostra Aetate and Islam

  • Christian Krokus
    Associate Professor, Department of Theology/Religious Studies,
    University of Scranton.

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Break/Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. | The Ecclesial and Theological Origins of Nostra Aetate: a Modern Historical Account in the Context of Vatican II

  • Rocco Viviano, SX
    Interreligious Dialogue Coordinator, Xaverian Missionaries in Japan.
2:30 p.m. | Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions
3:45 p.m. | Break


4:00-5:00 p.m. | Eastern Orthodox Perspectives on Nostra Aetate and Muslim-Christian Relations

  • Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos
    Orthodox priest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Assistant Professor
    at the University of Notre Dame, London and teacher of Christianity, Islam, Orthodox
    and Eastern Christianity at SOAS University of London.

5:15-6:45 p.m. | Vesper Service

                          Organ Concert
                          Sean McElwee
                          Campus Minister for Liturgical Music

                          Gallery Exhibit
                          In our Time, and Again: Drawn to Fellowship, the Promise and Progress of Interreligious Dialogue -               Connelly Center

7:30 p.m. | Welcome to Speakers, Father Peter M. Donohue, OSA, President of Villanova University and Dinner - Presidents' Lounge

9:00-10:00 a.m. | The Holy See, Islam and the Role of the Arab Patriarchs in Developing Nostra Aetate

  • Kail C. Ellis, OSA
    Founder-Director, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Villanova University.

10:00 a.m. | Break

10:15-11:15 a.m. | The Church of England's and the Response of the Broader European Protestant Traditions to Nostra Aetate

  • Rev. Richard Sudworth
    Secretary for Inter-Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter-
    Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England.

11:15 | Break

11:30-12:30 p.m. | Protestant Views of Nostra Aetate and its Relevance for the Middle East Today

  • Dr. George Sabra
    Professor of Systematic Theology and President of the Near East School of Theology
    (NEST) in Beirut, Lebanon.

12:30-1:30 p.m. | Break/Lunch


1:30-2:30 p.m. | Harvest and Horizons - An Appraisal of Nostra Aetate Paragraph 4, The Catholic Church and the Jewish People as a Primary Moment for Nostra Aetate

2:30 p.m. | Break
2:45-3:45 p.m. | Models of the Church in Nostra Aetate
  • Rev. Dennis McManus
    Visiting associate professor, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University
    and Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
3:45 p.m. | Break

4:00-5:00 p.m. | Catholic Teaching on Hinduism and Buddhism in Nostra Aetate

5:00-6:00 p.m. | Evening Prayer (Ecumenical Vespers)

7:00 p.m. | Banquet - Montrose Mansion, The Inn at Villanova