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Religious & Theological Studies

Padraic O’Hare

D.Ed. Union Theological Seminary—Columbia University


Dr. Padraic O’Hare, Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College, is the author or editor of eight (8) books. He is currently completing the third in an award winning trilogy on contemplation education, Lions in the Desert: Contemplation and the Young Adult. O’Hare founded (1993) and directed (1995-2011) the College’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, expanding the Center’s scope in 2008 to embrace Islam. On stepping aside from the leadership of the Center, he has recently received the interfaith award “Holy Envy: The Krister and Brita Stendahl Award for Interfaith Reverence.” O’Hare teaches the study and practice of contemplation, as well as the biographies of Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day as moral resources, and the history and theology of Jewish-Christian relations. He is a member of the College Theology Society, International Thomas Merton Society, The National Board of Scholars of Facing History and Ourselves, The Board of The Holocaust Center Boston North, The Advisory Panel of Intertwined Worlds, and founding member of Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice.

Recent publications include: “Abraham Heschel and the Catholic Heart” in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations and “House of Prayer near Ground Zero? Yes” as a Guest Voice for the Washington Post.  He was also interviewed by Intertwined Worlds.