Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time by Joseph Koffman, at St Joseph's University

Professor Philip Cunningham Lecture, 22 February 2024

Professor Philip Cunningham Lecture, 22 February 2024
Phil Cunningham

Professor Philip Cunningham

Professor Philip A. Cunningham (St Joseph’s University) will speak on: 


 “Catholic-Jewish Relations Today: Past Progress, Present Problems, Promising Paths."


When: Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 3 PM

Where: Via Zoom (Meeting ID: 917 5508 8836 Passcode: 685968)



This CIRD Lecture is part of Dublin City University’s Theology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Research Seminars and co-sponsored by The Irish Council of Christians and Jews.

Unveiling of Koffman's Statue at St Joseph's

Unveiling of Koffman's Statue at St Joseph's



Dr. Philip A. Cunningham is Professor of Theology and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. With a background in biblical studies and religious education, he specializes in theologies of the Christian and Jewish, and especially the Catholic-Jewish, relationship. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, most recently 2022's Maxims for Mutuality: Principles for Catholic Theology, Education, and Preaching about Jews and Judaism (Paulist Press Stimulus Series) and dozens of articles or book chapters. Dr. Cunningham has served as president and honorary president of the International Council of Christians and Jews and on the Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is also the webmaster of the Internet resource Dialogika of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations



  • Excellence in Education Award 2023, The Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, Elkins Park, PA.
  • Shevet Achim Award for Outstanding Contributions to Christian-Jewish Relations, Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations, October 31, 2021.
  • Named Honorary President, International Council of Christians and Jews, June 27, 2021. (A lifetime appointment previously given to three others for exceptional service to the ICCJ and Christian-Jewish Relations.)
  • Tengelmann Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, May 18, 2019.
  • “Eternal Light Award,” Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, FL, October 25, 2018.
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, Gratz College, Melrose Park, PA, May 21, 2017.
  • “Peace and Dialogue Award” for Promoting Interfaith Understanding, The Dialogue Forum and the Peace Islands Institute, Philadelphia, PA, Apr 23, 2014.
  • “Lester Gilson Memorial Community Service Award,” South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, Boston, MA, March 11, 2007.
2022 book

Professor Cunningham's 2022 book