Padraic O’Hare

Padraic O'Hare

Padraic O'Hare

Padraic O’Hare is Professor of Religious and Theological Studies and Director  of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim  Relations at Merrimack  College,  a Catholic and Augustinian college  located in North Andover, north of the City of Boston,  Massachsuetts, USA. His principle research interest, and personal passion,  weaves connections between interfath studies,  especially  comparative theology,  and the study and practice of contemplation (meditation) in  the world’s religions.  O’Hare is the author or editor of eight books, including two on Jewish-Christian Relations and interrelgiious relations ( The Enduring Covenant: The Education of Christians and the End of Antisemitism,  l997,  Spiritual  Companions Jews, Christians and Interreligious Relations,  2006). His The Way of Faithfulness Contemplation and Formation in the Church, 1993,  was chosen as first prize winner, best book in Catholic education, by the Catholic Press Associate,  l995.   In  l995  O’Hare published Busy  Life Peaceful Center A Book of Meditating. And he is currently working on the third in this trilogy, a book  on young adult spirituality: Lions in the Desert Contemplation and Young Adults. Prior to  coming to Merrimack College,O’Hare was Dean  and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Anna Maria College,  Paxton,  Massachusetts and before that Associate Director of the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Minsitry at  Boston College. O’Hare received the BA.  (History) from Sant Francis College, Brooklyn, NY,  MA  (Political Science) from Fordham Unviersity in New York,  MA (Religious Studies)  from Manhatten  College,  New York, and the D.Ed (Theology and Education)  from  Columiba University Teachers’ College – Union Theological  Seminary , New York.     

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