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John Borelli ( is Special Assistant for Interreligious Initiatives to President John J. DeGioia of Georgetown University and National Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Mission for the Jesuit Conference of the United States. From 1987-2003, he served as associate director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and as interim director for 2001-2002. He was a consultor to the Holy See's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from1990 to 2007. He writes and lectures on ecumenical and interreligious relations, Catholic theology, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, and the religious traditions of Asia. He received a Ph.D. in theology and history of religions from Fordham University (1976) and was a university and college professor in New York for twelve years before he and his wife, Marianne, moved their family to Washington, DC, for the position of the USCCB.

Richard W. Bollman, S.J. (  is Pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine parish since 1992, on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati.  He has served on archdiocesan committees to establish policy for inter-church marriage preparation and has promoted dinner dialogues for couples in such marriages, joined by local Methodist, Presbyterian, and other Catholic congregations.  Before this he served as Director of the Jesuit Renewal Center at Milford, Ohio, and as occasional visiting professor for spirituality at the East Asian Pastoral Institute, in Manila.  He received an M Div from Loyola University in Chicago, and a PhD in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo, joining the English Department at University of San Francisco for six years before taking up the work at Milford.

James Bretzke, S.J. ( is a member of the Wisconsin Province and Professor of Moral Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, as well as being a regular Visiting Professor of Moral Theology at the Loyola School of Theology in Manila, Philippines. Previously Bretzke taught in and served as chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco, and also has taught at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Sogang University in Korea, and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where he also did his doctorate in the intersection between Confucian and Christian ethics.

Raymond Bucko, S.J. ( is a member of the New York Province professor of anthropology in the department of sociology and anthropology and the director of the Native American Studies department at Creighton University. He works extensively with Native peoples, especially on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation and is particularly interested in interreligious as well as ecumenical dialogue. Fr. Bucko teaches a course in the anthropology of religion and is developing a course on the history of Christian missions among North American Indian peoples. He is also the webmaster for the Jesuit Interreligious Dialogue web site.

Carol Corgan ( is a doctoral student in the Semitic and Egyptian Languages Department at The Catholic University of America.  She teaches Theology at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C.  She and her husband, Joe, are active in the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation and chaired the HCEF 7th Annual International Conference in the Fall of 2005.

Dirk J. Dunfee, S.J. ( is a member of the Missouri Province and.......

Elizabeth Groppe ( is associate professor of systematic theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned her doctorate at Notre Dame and published her dissertation "Yves Congar's Theology of the Holy Spirit" (Oxford University Press, 2004). Her current work includes a study of the implications of the recent transformation of Christianity's understanding of its relationship to Judaism for the theology of the Holy Spirit.

Donald Hawkins, S.J. ( is a member of the New Orleans Province and serves as “province consultant for ecumenical and interfaith  matters.” He is pastor at Holy Name of Jesus Church in New Orleans. He has worked in high-school and college campus ministry and spent many years teaching in high school and also many years in pastoral work.   He also served as socius to the novice master.

J. P. Horrigan, S.J. ( )  is a member of the Canadian Jesuits (CSU) and assigned to Interfaith Ministry in the Toronto area, through Our Lady of Lourdes parish. His focus is Interfaith Marriages / Families. Prior to his current assignment he did most of his Jesuit studies at Jñana Deep, Pune India and Vidyajyoti, Delhi India. Upon completing a fifteen year assignment to the eastern Himalayas (Darjeeling India) he worked in Province Administration and the International office of Canadian Jesuits. His current endeavor dates from 2003.

Paul Macke, S.J. ( is a member of the Chicago Province and Secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Jesuit Life for the Jesuit Conference of the United States in Washington, DC. He is a professional Pastoral Psychotherapist who previously spent eighteen years in Alaska working with indigenous people and others as a pastor, ministry training, pastoral counselor, and most recently was Executive Director of Holy Spirit Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He serves on the Advisory Board as a liaison with the Jesuit Provincials of the United States.

Ronald A. Mercier ( )   received his doctorate in ethics from Regis College, University of Toronto, and was Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Regis College, Toronto from 1993-2007, serving as Dean of the theologate from 1995-2005.  His interests focus on the relationship between spirituality and ethics, as well as the ways in which cultures shape ethical perspectives and social structures.  He is currently Executive Director of the Jesuit Collaborative, an initiative of the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces which seeks to support and extend the ministry of the Exercises in the area.

Erik Ranstrom ( is a doctoral student in the comparative theology program at Boston College. He is the co-coordinator of the Jesuit sponsored graduate student conference on comparative theology, inter-religious dialogue, theology of religions, and missiology held annually at Boston College. His research interests include theology of religions, inter-religious dialogue, sociology of religion, and the Hindu-Christian encounter. Prior to this Erik developed a world religions curriculum for Holyoke Catholic High School in the Diocese of Springfield, MA.

James D. Redington, S.J. ( is a member of the Maryland Province. He is Senior Jesuit Fellow in the Office of Mission and Identity at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and teaches Interreligious Dialogue part time in the Theology Department. He has taught Interreligious Dialogue and Hinduism at Georgetown University, Arrupe College (Harare, Zimbabwe), and the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and has been Senior Fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center. And he has learned, taught and done research and dialogue for six years each in India and Africa.

James W. Reites, S.J.
( is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Loyola University in New York, studying engineering, entered the California Province of Society of Jesus in 1960, studied at St. Louis University, taught for two years at St. Ignatius in San Francisco, received an S.T.L. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, as well as an M.S.T. from Santa Clara University, and completed his doctoral work at the Gregorian University in Rome in 1977, studying St. Ignatius of Loyola's relations with Jew and Muslims. He teaches at Santa Clara University where he served as Chair of the Religious Studies Department for 17 years and directed the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries for two. He has been extensively engaged in interfaith dialogue for many years an served as associate director of the Local Religion Project at SCU.

Patrick J. Ryan, S.J. ( is a member of the New York Province the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry at Fordham University. He has lived and worked for 26 years in Africa, principally in Nigeria and Ghana. He has taught at universities in Ghana, Rome and at Fordham, mainly in the area of Islamic studies. Most recently (1999-2005) he was the President of Loyola Jesuit College, a coeducational and boarding secondary school in Abuja, Nigeria.  He has written about Islam and Christianity in Africa and has also written popular homiletic material.

John Saliba, S.J. ( originates from Malta and is a member of the Detroit Province. He is adjunct professor of Religious Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy where he has taught since 1970. He teaches history of religions and theology of religions and introduces students to the academic study of religion. His major area of expertise is the new religious movements. His education background includes cultural anthropology and religious education.

James Walsh, S.J. ( is a member of the Maryland Province and Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. His area of expertise is Sacred Scripture, with a specialty in Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures and a particular focus on Israelite origins. He has taught at Georgetown since 1973, after a semester teaching at Weston (Cambridge MA) and a semester teaching at Woodstock (NYC). He is a member of the editorial board for the CBA revision of the (1970) New American Bible Old Testament.

Chris Weekly, S.J. ( is from the Oregon Province, where he serves as Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Seattle.  Raised an Episcopalian, Chris became a Catholic in his college years, and has long been interested in Christian ecumenical concerns.  The scope of his interfaith interests was broadened through two years spent on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD, and more recently via Tertianship in South India and Sri Lanka.  Trained in sacramental theology, Chris is interested in comparative experiences of worship and prayer.  Ministering in the Pacific Northwest with the largely “un-churched” population offers him a unique perspective for interreligious labors.


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