Restoration of Unity

Restoration of unity among all humanity, which has one origin, one goal and end in God, whose providence all enjoy, was considered by the Second Vatican Council to be an important task of the Church when it called all her sons and daughters to engage in dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions (cf. Nostra aetate, 1). In the same line of thought, restoration of unity among all Christians was considered to be one of the principal concerns of the Second Vatican Council (cf. Unitatis redintegratio, 1). Given the need for trained personnel in the Church to engage in interreligious and ecumenical dialogue, the proposed Diploma aims to educate seminarians, laity and religious to equip themselves with knowledge and skills to lead such initiatives in parishes and dioceses.


The Diploma includes lectures, guided study with assignments, group experiences and reports, conferences, workshops, and projects, adding up to 60 ECTS, equivalent to 1500 hours of work. Courses include Guided Experiences and Conferences in Islam, Judaism, and Christian Churches.


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William Russell M. Afr

Professor & Director of the Diploma in Inter-Religious Dialogue

Fr William Russell serves as Superior of Saint Anne’s Basilica in Jerusalem.  He brings to his teaching years of experience both in the Holy Land and working in the field of Inter-religious dialogue.  He serves as Director of the Inter-religious Dialogue Diploma.

Michael Fitzgerald M. Afr

Guest Professor

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald served as Director of the Pontifical Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies from 1972 to 1978. In 1987 he was appointed Secretary of the Secretariat for Non-Christians, which later became the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.  He was appointed director of the Council in 2002 and served in that role for 6 years.  He served as Apostolic Nuncio in Egypt and Delegate to the League of Arab States from 2006 - 2012.  He now serves STS as lecturer in Islamic studies, Theology of Religions, Missiology and Inter-religious dialogue.