Jay Phillips Center
The Jay Phillips Center is a collaborative enterprise of Saint John's University and the University of St. Thomas (MN), and it also serves the College of Saint Benedict. Its mission is to promote interfaith learning, friendship, and service among people of various religions. Please read our latest newsletter.
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Center's director, John Merkle, co-publishes article with Harold Kasimow on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Pope Francis
The shared vision of Rabbi Heschel and Pope Francis
Soon after the death of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in December 1972, America devoted an entire issue to his life and work. The idea for the special issue, published on March 10, 1973, came from John C. Haughey, S.J., an associate editor, who explained that anyone who knew Rabbi Heschel "sensed the depth of his exposure to the Presence of God." The same point appeared in the editorial that introduced the special issue: "No Christian who ever entered into conversation with Professor Heschel came away without having been spiritually enriched and strengthened."