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The Khatib Chair and the Search for Christian Unity

Monsignor John Strynkowski to Deliver Fifth Annual Khatib Lecture

Monsignor John J. Strynkowski, Ph.D.

St. Joseph’s College has selected the Rev. Monsignor John J. Strynkowski, Ph.D., as its guest lecturer for the 2013 Dr. Reza and Georgianna Clifford Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion. Monsignor Strynkowski is rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. James in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn’s vicar for higher education.

The first-ever endowed chair at St. Joseph’s College, the Khatib Chair in Comparative Religion was created in 2009 by Class of 1952 graduate Georgianna Clifford Khatib and her husband, Dr. Reza Khatib, to promote interfaith dialogue, with the study of Islam being an integral part of the initiative. Each spring, the chair hosts a noted scholar who will lecture, lead faculty discussions and teach a course at both the Brooklyn and Long Island campuses via video conference.

Monsignor Strynkowski will deliver the chair’s fifth annual lecture — The Search for Christian Unity: A Fading Dream or a Potent Reality? — on March 20 (Brooklyn) and April 9 (Long Island). Both lectures are free and open to the public.

His religious studies course, Varieties of Christian Experience, is being offered for the spring 2013 semester. It will examine and discuss how differences are found in the first century of Christianity and continue to be found in Catholic and non-Catholic communities today.

Monsignor Strynkowski was scheduled to visit the Long Island Campus on November 1 and the Brooklyn Campus on November 12 to present his lecture, “Vatican II: Is It Finished?” as part of the Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life’s lecture series Vatican II Revisited: Perspectives From Fifty Years Later. Both dates were postponed until the spring semester due to Hurricane Sandy; dates have not yet been announced.

Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1963, Monsignor Strynkowski has served as a parochial vicar, official of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and the Congregation for Bishops, professor of theology and rector at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception (Huntington, N.Y.), pastor, and executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine and Pastoral Practices at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Monsignor Strynkowski earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1972, and has published a number of articles. He has given many priests’ retreats and spoken at numerous conferences on ecclesiology, ministry and spirituality.

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