Heroism Amid Horror

Fr. Rytel2This year’s Marzheuser Lecture on Jewish-Catholic Relations will be given by a priest who grew up three miles from a Nazi concentration camp where his grandfather was imprisoned. Fr. Paweł Rytel–Andrianik is a polish priest with an extraordinarily accomplished resume, having obtained doctorates from two universities and having at least some familiarity with 17 languages (that’s not a typo). He’s published three books, edited/co-edited seven books and wrote more than 240 articles, mainly in the field of biblical studies, archaeology, history (in particular on the Holocaust) and Church life–all by the ripe old age of 38. Catholic News Service did a story on Fr. Rytel and his research which may be of interest (go here).

Fr. Rytelwill be speaking to us on Monday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum’s Bartlett Pastoral Center on the topic of: “Priests and the Jewish People at the Time of the Holocaust in Poland: Reflections in Light of the Newest Research.” The event is free and open to the public. The St. James Project will be there to live stream it to this site. A printable flyer is available here and on the right sidebar. Help us spread the news.

The Marzheuser Lecture on Jewish-Catholic Relations was established in memory of the Rev. Richard A. Marzheuser alumnus, faculty member and dean of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, who died in 2000. In the last years of his life, one of his main concerns was fostering improved relations between Catholics and Jews. The Marzheuser Lecture is given biennially on a topic related to Jewish-Catholic relations.

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