Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald joined the Rumi Forum on a Monday (May 18th) evening to speak on experiences in interfaith dialogue.
His Excellency Archbishop Michael L. Fitzgerald, is a scholar in residence and the 2014-15 Walter and Mary Tuohy Chair in Interreligious Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the John Carroll University. A member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, Archbishop Fitzgerald was ordained as a bishop by then Pope John Paul II on Jan. 6, 1992, and was raised to the dignity of archbishop on Oct. 1, 2002. He previously served as apostolic nuncio in Egypt and delegate to the League of Arab States from 2006-2012 and as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue from 2002-2006.
Pim (Wilhelmus G.B.M.) Valkenberg is a professor of religion and culture at the Catholic University of America. He previously worked for the Diocese of Breda as a specialist on adult education, and for the Netherlands School of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion as research fellow. He was an assistant and associate professor of dogmatic theology and the theology of religions at the Catholic University of Nijmegen (1987-2007), where he studied Arabic and Islam as well. He contributed to the establishment of a new Department of Religious Studies in 1991 with a focus on interreligious dialogue, and as associate dean of education between 1999 and 2004 he was responsible for the development of new programs of intercultural theology and pastoral studies. Between 2006 and 2011 he was a visiting professor and an associate professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland with a focus on Christian-Muslim relations.