St. Xavier High School

Dear Fr. Clooney,

Thank you for your letter of July 20, 2000 describing your work as the coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue. I share your interest and enthusiasm about this topic. I would be most happy to serve as the contact person from St. Xavier High School.

We are an all boys' school of about 1400. 20% of those students are non-Catholic with the vast majority of those being of various Christian denominations. We do have students from other religions: Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Mormon as well as students with no specific tradition.

We try to incorporate the teaching of other traditions in many of our regular required courses. There is a required one semester course in Hebrew Scriptures in freshmen year. It is taught with respect for the Jewish nature of the work but with a Christian purpose. There is a Senior year course, called Introduction to Theology, which looks at other religious traditions. We currently have no course specifically devoted to world religions.

I work with a very active student group (90) called Hands Across the Campus which devotes itself to celebrating cultural, religious, and racial differences. We have hosted students forums on Religious differences. One of the faculty moderators of this group is Jewish, but not too specifically religious. There are few teachers of other religious traditions. I am chair of the Religion Department and have quarreled with our Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education about their requirement that all teachers of religion be in full communion with our bishop, i.e., Roman Catholic.

Finally, I am enclosing a program which Xavier University is hosting this September. This Millennium Peace Celebration is the kick off for the Brueggeman Center for Interreligious Dialogue. Our department will be participating in next month's event and looks forward to benefiting from their annual programming.

Thank you for your leadership in this area.


Pete Corrigan Chair,
Department of Religious Education
St. Xavier High School

Created: October 4, 2000 Updated: October 4, 2000