Attend the CCJS Co-Founder Inauguration on November 20 – Community


Published on November 3, 2022 |
by University Communications

Saint Leo will host a historic event on Sunday, November 20, and the community is invited. For only the third time in history, a pope is honoring an American rabbi with the papal knighthood of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great. It is also the first time in his pontificate that Pope Francis bestows this honor on a Jewish person: Rabbi A. James Rudinco-founder of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (CCJS) at Saint Leo University.

Pope Francis will recognize Rudin for his decades of work building positive relationships between Catholics and Jews around the world, fostering interfaith dialogue and understanding. Rudin is the senior interfaith adviser to the American Jewish Committee (AJC), having previously served as director of interfaith affairs. He is also a prominent professor of religion and Judaica at Saint Leo University, in addition to establishing the university’s Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies.

Investiture ceremony

At 1 p.m., Sunday November 20, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, OFM, of the Archdiocese of Boston, will represent Pope Francis and lead the investiture ceremony at Saint Leo University. The public is invited to this historic event, which will be followed by a dessert reception at 2 p.m. at the University Wellness Center. One must reserve. RSVP for the Investiture Ceremony here. Groups of six or more should contact Dr. Matthew Tapie, director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, at [email protected]

The ceremony will also be available live at

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