The Brueggeman Center for Dialogue

A Blessing to One Another

Photo of the Vatican

In 2004, Yaffa Eliach, a visiting scholar at the Center, suggested that there was a story about the lifelong relationship between Pope John Paul II (now Saint John Paul II) and the Jewish People. She suggested that we create an exhibit. Dr. William Madges, Rabbi Abie Ingber and Dr. James Buchanan agreed and working with a global team of designers, videographers, and scholars built a 2300 square foot, multi-media exhibit entitled: A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People. To See a brief video about the exhibit .

The exhibit traveled the United States for over 9 years, through 18 venues from New York to LA, from Chicago to Houston and was visited by over 1 million people nationwide. In 2015 we opened the exhibit at the Vatican Museum (in Vatican City, Rome) where it was also a great success. See: Video of the exhibit at the Vatican  

At the closing ceremony at the Vatican, we made a gift of the exhibit to the Saint John Paul II Center and Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland where it will become part of their permanent exhibit. 

Now that the exhibit is over (for us), we are repurposing A Blessing to One Another to continue to do interfaith work in the United States and around the world. 

A Blessing to One Another: Interfaith Dialogue, Engagement & Collaboration 

Photo of the Vatican with sign displaying Xavier University logo and message reading "a blessing to one another"