Hay has devoted more than 100 hours to assembling the program, and says the research was particularly rewarding. “Pope John Paul II was an extraordinary man,” she says. “His work with all the peoples of the world was—inspiring is not even a good word. He was an amazing person. His work was such an example for all of us.”
“A Blessing to One Another” is a first-of-its-kind exhibition documenting the late pontiff’s lifelong relationship with the Jewish people and his contributions to relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths. It runs from May 19-July 15 at the Xavier University art gallery in the A.B. Cohen Center. The exhibition is a collaboration of Xavier University, Hillel Jewish Student Center of Cincinnati and the Shtetl Foundation of New York in partnership with the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center of Washington, D.C.