LeRoux Scholar Focuses on Interreligious Dialogue

February 14, 2014

Fr. Heru Prakosa, SJ, presents “To Be Religious Is to Be Interreligious: An Experience In Challenging Oneself to Go Beyond Comfort Zone” on February 19, 2014. Prakosa is an active Jesuit educator in Indonesia, specializing in Muslim-Christian relations and interfaith education for Catholic seminarians. His lecture is part of yearlong series of interreligious dialogue with Jesuits from Asia.

Prakosa’s discussion centers on issues of Catholic, Christian identity, and how this identity calls its adherents to engage in comprehensive, sensitive understandings of other faith traditions and cultures. Most of Prakosa’s spiritual and academic career has been invested in university level education in Indonesia’s state university system, teaching Islamic Studies for Catholic seminarians and Christian Studies for Muslim Students. He is responsible for the “Desk of Dialogue with Muslims” in the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific as well as being appointed as advisor for Dialogue and Relations with Islam.

Prakosa will spend the day on campus meeting with undergraduate students in Department of Theology and Religious Studies and graduate students in the School of Theology and Ministry.

“Fr. Prakosa’s visit will provide the community with a unique opportunity to hear about the extensive work of Jesuits and Jesuit institutions in the area of interreligious dialogue in Asia, particularly in countries where Christianity is a minority religion. This is the part of the world from which of the majority of Muslim immigrants to the United States come,” said Theology and Religious Studies Professor Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, director of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.

A dinner and discussion takes place at 5:30 pm on February 19 in the Admission and Alumni Building. This event is free and open to the public. Prakosa’s visit is made possible by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and the College of Arts and Sciences LeRoux Chair.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 major and 36 minor undergraduate degrees, 6 master's degrees, and 1 post-baccalaureate certificate.