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  • The Gladys Sakowich Campus Center, the heart of campus activities.
    The Gladys Sakowich Campus Center, the heart of campus activities.
  • Whether it’s winter, spring, or anything in between, Merrimack’s beautiful campus is enjoyed by all.
    Whether it’s winter, spring, or anything in between, Merrimack’s beautiful campus is enjoyed by all.
  • The resident dining hall, Sparky’s Place, offers a variety of nutritious meals for students and faculty.
    The resident dining hall, Sparky’s Place, offers a variety of nutritious meals for students and faculty.
  • Students are often seen studying in the McQuade Library, a favorite spot on campus.
    Students are often seen studying in the McQuade Library, a favorite spot on campus.
  • Aerial shot of the Academic Quad.
    Aerial shot of the Academic Quad.
  • Mendel Center and the Moseley Wrought Iron Arch Bridge.
    Mendel Center and the Moseley Wrought Iron Arch Bridge.
  • The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher is the spiritual center of the Merrimack College community.
    The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher is the spiritual center of the Merrimack College community.

Padraic O’Hare

Former Director (1995-2011)

Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations
D.Ed. Union Theological Seminary—Columbia University

Dr. Padraic O’Hare is a professor of religious and theological studies at Merrimack College, a member of the National Board of Scholars of Facing History and Ourselves, a member of the Advisory Board of The Holocaust Center, Boston North, and serves on the international advisory panel ofIntertwined Worlds, the first academic platform for generating scholarly commentary on Jewish-Muslim Relations.

O’Hare is the author or editor of eight books, including Spiritual Companions: Jews, Christians and Interreligious Relations, published in 2006 by Twenty-Third Publications. O’Hare also writes and publishes, and teaches, in the area of the contemplative or meditative traditions of the world religions and spiritual paths.  His 1993 book, “The Way of Faithfulness: Contemplation and Formation in the Church,” Trinity Press International, was awarded first prize in “Catholic Education” by the Catholic Press Association in 1995.  His most recent publication is an article in the recent issue of the e-journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations (Vol.2, Issue 2), entitled Abraham Heschel and the Catholic Heart.

Prof. O’Hare has received the Dr. Mauray J. Tye Community Service Award for 1999, and he is a March 2002 recipient of the Leonard P. Zakim Humanitarian Award given by the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore and the Jewish Federation of the North Shore “…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.” He is the recipient of the 2006 Healer of the World Award, presented by the Solomon Schechter Day School of the Merrimack Valley.