Ecumenical and Interreligious Pillar of the Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture
The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture embraces ecumenism (Christian unity) and interreligious dialogue (outreach to people of all religions) as an integral mandate of her mission. Grounded in the eternal love of the Most Holy Trinity, with the Holy Spirit as protagonist, this missionary mandate lies at the heart of the Church’s catholicity. (CCC 849; 852) In furthering the Church along these missionary paths, The Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism, directs Catholic universities to assist the Church in ecumenical formation by various means which includes
fostering an ecumenical dimension to methods of teaching and research;
organizing discussions and study days on ecumenical questions;
organizing conferences and meetings for joint study, work and social activity;
giving emphasis to prayer for unity.
Nostra Aetate (The Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions) urges all people of the Church to
examine more closely her relationships to non-Christian religions;
promote unity and love among [all people] men;
dialogue and collaborate with followers of other religions.
The Nesti Center for Faith & Culture strives to fulfill the Church’s directives for ecumenism and interreligious dialogue through the events and academic programs offered.
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The Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture
The Center seeks to understand and affect the relationship between and among the many facets of the American way of life in relation to God’s ongoing, loving encounter with humanity. We educate faith-full citizens to be artisans of dialogue and proclamation in articulating a God-centered vision of the world and how that vision strengthens the institutions that govern us as a people. Through its programmatic offerings the Center serves the local and regional Catholic, ecumenical and interreligious communities, our sister university communities, civic society, and various professional segments of our culture.