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Religious and Theological Studies

Padraic O’Hare

Professor and Founder, Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

Religious and Theological Studies

Padraic O’Hare founded (1993) and Directed (l995-2011) Merrimack College’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, expanding the Center in 2008 to embrace Islam  and Muslim people. He is the author or editor of eight (8) books, including the award winning (first prize, Catholic Press Association,  best  book in Catholic Education, 1995) The Way of Faithfulness Contemplation and Formation in the Church. His c. 50 - essays and book reviews have appeared in leading journals including, Cross Currents, The Merton Seasonal, Religious Education, Momentum, and Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations.  Recent essays include Abraham Heschel and the Catholic Heart (2009, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations), “House of Prayer near Ground Zero? Yes,” (Washington Post Blog. 2012), “Interview,” (Intertwined World, 2012) and “Merton and Young Adults in the Wilderness” (The Merton Seasonal, 2015, 100th anniversary issue). Currently pending possible publication, is a major journal manuscript “Young Adults’ Spirituality: Merton, Moran and Monastic Resources.” His principle interests are contemplation education and practice, interfaith relations especially between Jews and Christians, and religious education. 

 O’Hare has been awarded the Dr. Maurey J. Tye Community  Service Award (1999), the Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award, (2002, by  the Anti-Defamation League in conjunction with the Jewish  Community  Center of the North  Shore and the Jewish  Federation of the North  Shore), the Healer of the World Award of the Solomon Schechter  Day  School of the Merrimack  Valley, (2006)  and the Krister and Brita Stendahl Holy Envy  Award by the Center  for the Study of Jewish-Christian- Muslim  Relations at Merrimack  College, (2011). He is a member of the National Board of Scholars of Facing History and Ourselves, the International Thomas Merton Society, the Advisory Panel of Intertwined Worlds, and of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice.

 O’Hare’s Zakim Award citations reads “…for furthering interfaith understanding. To honor the courage, vision, respect for human dignity, willingness to speak out against all forms of prejudice and efforts to repair the world.”  His two books on interfaith relations are The Enduring Covenant: The Education of Christians and the End of Antisemitism (Trinity Press International, 1993) and Spiritual Companions: Jews, Christians and Interreligious Relations (Twenty Third Publications, 2006).

O’Hare is a New Yorker, married to Margaret C. O’Hare, whose son and daughter-in-law are Brian (aka Bucky) and Meghan O’Hare.



  • D.Ed., Theology and Education, Teachers’ College, Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Political Science, Fordham University
  • M., Religious and Theological Studies, Manhattan College
  • B.A., History, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York


  • ProfessorCenter for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Founder 1993 - 2011 CE
    Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, Founder 1993 - 2011 CE




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