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Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies
January 2008 e-Letter
In This Issue
Changing of the Guard
Message from the Director
First Qrtr 2008 Activities
9th Annual Eternal Light Award Dinner
Quick Links
To our e-Subscribers January 1, 2008    
Dear Friends,

Exciting things are going on in this New Year at the Center! It is our belief that 2008 will be our best year ever and take us to new horizons in interfaith dialogue and understanding. We wish all of our readers, donors,  website viewers and constituents a very healthy, prosperous and blessed New Year.
Gail Whiting, Chair
Gail WhitingBoard of Directors
Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies 
Management Change Announced
Dr. Michael Tkacik joins as new Director
We are pleased to report that Dr. Michael Tkacik (pronounced tay-sic) has joined the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies as its new Director. Dr. Tkacik replaces Tom Buckridge who has served these past 17 months as Interim Director. The text of a press release that was sent to the media may be found on our website's home page in the link below (found as the second feature on our website).
                         press release                         
Director's Thoughts...
Friends of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University,...
...I ask for your prayers and continued support of the Center as I undertake the privilege of serving as Director of the CCJS. I am overwhelmed and honored that the CCJS Board and Saint Leo University have entrusted me with this position. I pledge to do my best to facilitate the mission of the Center and to be faithful to the ecumenical spirit which seeks to explore the common heritage of Jews and Christians by way of theological inquiry and friendly discussion unto mutual understanding and appreciation. This appointment is a blessing to me personally and professionally, for it resonates with my own understanding of and relationship with God and complements my scholarly interest in ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.                Michael Tkacik Face Shot
As a father, person of faith and a theologian, I am committed to the vision articulated in the Center's Mission Statement, Scripture and the Second Vatican Council:
All human beings form but one community. This is so because...all share a common destiny, namely God. His Providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all people (Nostra Aetate 1).
In my past work with the Feinstein Institute for Public and Community Service at Providence College, I have witnessed firsthand the rewards and blessings rendered when the two great faith traditions, Judaism and Christianity, work together. As the Director of the CCJS, trust and know that I will do my utmost best to "Build mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation between Jews, Catholics and all people of good will by providing opportunities for interfaith education and dialogue."
First Quarter - 2008 Activities
The Quarter Celebrates the Pope John Paul II - A Blessing to One Another Exhibit Highlighting the Museum Exhibit & its Creators 
Details of the museum exhibit as held at the Florida Holocaust Museum may be found in the following link:
                     Pope John Paul II Exhibit
January 7 - Center's Board Meets
January 13 - Museum Exhibit Grand Opening, by 
                  invitation through the Florida Holocaust 
March 4 - Panel Discussion; Rabbi A. James Rudin
              on the impacts of Pope John Paul II.
              Open to the public - time to be announced;
              Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg; hosted by
              Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Florida
              Holocaust Museum & the International Museum
March 9 - Ninth Annual Eternal Light Award Dinner;
              St. Petersburg Yacht Club
              Open to the public, minimum $250 per plate;
              5:00 pm cocktails/6:00 pm dinner (see below)
March 27 - Special Exhibit Showing; Florida Holocaust
              Museum for all Eternal Light Award Attendees
              & their Guests - no cost to dinner attendees;
              5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the museum
Registration for the Ninth Annual Eternal Light Award Dinner - March 9 at St. Petersburg Yacht Club
   Pope John Paul II    Register one of two ways...
Formal invitations will go out by end of January. To assure you receive an invitation and book your reservations, particularly if this is your first time attending the award dinner, you may contact us or simply use our new registration link on line and even securely pay using your credit card if you choose. 
To see a dinner summary, go to our home page and from there you may also then reach the dinner reservation link. Mark your calendars and be sure to celebrate with us.
REMINDER ABOUT 2-for-1 OFFER on admission to the Pope John Paul II Exhibit at the Florida Holocaust Museum. "Friends of the Center" may receive this offer by ordering a voucher through the Center. If you are not yet a Friend of the Center, you may join for as little as $25 and receive this immediate benefit. 

Dr. Michael Tkacik
Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies
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