Catholic-Jewish Relations Today | 2021 Albert Meyer Lecture Series

March 18 & 19, 2021

The Rev. Dr. David Neuhaus, S.J., superior of the Jesuit Community, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Jerusalem and former patriarchal vicar for Hebrew-Speaking Catholics of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, delivered two lectures: “Salvation and the Jews” and “The people of Israel, the land of Israel and the state of Israel” with responses from The Rev. Andrew Liaugminas, lecturer in the department of dogmatic theology at USML/Mundelein Seminary and The Rev. John Pawlikowski, OSM, professor emeritus of social ethics at Catholic Theological Union.

Watch the first lecture from Father David Neuhaus, S.J.

Watch the second lecture from Father David Neuhaus, S.J. as well as faculty responses and the Q&A.


Thursday, March 18, 2021

7:00 PM              Introduction to Meyer Lecture Series

Welcome – Fr. Thomas A. Baima

Remarks – Fr. John Kartje

Introduction of the Meyer Lecturer – Fr. Thomas A. Baima

7:15 PM          “Salvation and the Jews” – Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J.

8:00 PM              Dismissal


Friday, March 19, 2021

9:00 AM              Introduction of Meyer Lecturer – Fr. Thomas A. Baima

9:05 AM          “People of Israel, Land of Israel, State of Israel” – Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J.

9:45 AM              Break

10:00 AM           Faculty Response on first lecture – Fr. Andrew Liaugminas

10:20 AM           Discussion of the first topic

10:40 AM           Faculty Response on second topic – Fr. John Pawlikowski, OSM

11:00 AM           Discussion of the second topic

11:20 AM           Concluding Remarks – Fr. Thomas A. Baima


David Neuhaus, S.J.
2021 Albert Cardinal Meyer Lecturer
University of Saint Mary of the Lake

The Rev. Dr. David M. Neuhaus is a priest of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) of the Province of the Near East and North Africa.  He currently serves as superior of the Jesuits in the Holy Land and is former Episcopal Vicar for the Hebrew Speaking and Migrant Catholics in Israel. He has served as lecturer in Bible and Judaism in various academic institutions in Israel and Palestine including Bethlehem University, the Latin Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala and the Pontifical Salesian University. He was also a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and taught at Yad Ben Tsvi Institute, both Jewish institutions of higher learning.   He is the director of the Committee of Men Religious in the Holy Land Bishops’ Conference and an active member of the Conference’s Justice and Peace Commission.

The author of several books and numerous articles in several languages on Bible, Judaism and the situation in the Middle East, his most recent publications include The Land, the Bible and History (with Alain Marchadour) (Fordham University Press, 2007) also published in French, German, Italian and Korean, Writing from the Holy Land (STS Publications, 2017) also published in French and Italian, and an introduction to Judaism in Arabic Al-Yahudiyyah nasha’at baynana (Judaism developed among us), (Dar al-Machreq, 2019). He has also composed five volumes of children’s catechism in Hebrew and short volumes of introduction to the Bible in Arabic. He is a regular contributor to Civiltà cattolica.

Born in South Africa (1962) to a family of German Jewish refugees, he migrated to Jerusalem in 1977 and was naturalized there. He was baptized in 1988 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1992. He completed a BA (Psychology) in 1983, a MA (Political Philosophy) in 1985 and a PhD (Political Science) in 1991 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his licentiate in Theology from Centre Sèvres, Paris (1995), and a licentiate in Biblical Exegesis from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (2000). He was ordained to the priesthood in Jerusalem in 2000.