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Rev. Donald Senior, C.P. Elected President of Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

February 2, 2012

Chicago, IL, February 2, 2012--The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago (CRLMC) has unanimously elected Rev. Donald Senior, C.P., as the new Council President for the years 2012 and 2013.  He succeeds Imam Kareem Irfan from the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

In his role as Council President, Fr. Senior will officially represent the Council, which has been active in Chicago since 1984, when twenty-one religious leaders met in response to racial issues in the city under the initiative of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, then Catholic Archbishop of Chicago.  Today the Council includes thirty-six members from the whole spectrum of the world’s religions and serves asa forum to foster mutual understanding and cooperation between and among major world religions active in the wider Chicago area.  In addition, the Council has sought to bring a religiously grounded and prophetic moral voice to the public square regarding local, national, and international issues.

"I am truly honored to be elected as President of the Council,” said Fr. Senior.  “The deep bonds of friendship and exceptional collaboration among so many diverse religious communities are a tribute to the strong ecumenical and interreligious spirit of Chicago.  The mission of the Council also harmonizes well with the mission of CTU, and I am grateful that the school has been an active member of the Council since its founding."

In addition to his role as President and Professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Fr. Senior is past President of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission; he was reappointed in 2006 and 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. He has been active in interreligious dialogue, particularly with the Jewish and Muslim communities. Fr. Senior is the General Editor of The Bible Today and co-editor of the twenty-two volume international commentary series New Testament Message. He is the General Editor of The Catholic Study Bible (Oxford University Press, 1990). He has authored and edited numerous books and articles.

Catholic Theological Union is the largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in the United States. Through its degree programs and other educational and formational opportunities, Catholic Theological Union strives to educate effective leaders for the Church whose mission is to witness Christ’s good news of justice, love, and peace to people of all nations.