Interfaith cooperation for the common good is a long-abiding principle in the Catholic intellectual tradition and a central tenet of Catholic Social Teaching. As such, it is at the heart of the mission and identity of Cabrini College as a Catholic institution that welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds.
Today, on Cabrini Day, the College commemorates in a special way the legacy of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, as it is lived-out in the College’s commitment to mission. Through the prism of Catholic identity, which is the foundation of the College’s commitment to interfaith cooperation for the common good, the College dedicates itself to academic excellence, leadership development, and the advancement of social justice.
Throughout 2013, members of the Cabrini College campus community have had the opportunity to participate in myriad opportunities for interfaith learning and cooperation. In the Spring, on Founder’s Day, Rev. Fred Kammer, Director of the Jesuit Research Center, launched the Wolfington Center’s semester-long interfaith lecture series with his keynote address on the future of solidarity. Today, Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, marks Cabrini Day with his keynote address on the singular importance of interfaith cooperation for the common good. Indeed, it would be impossible to list all of the ways that students, staff, faculty and administration have lived-out the interfaith dimension of the Cabrini College mission in the intervening days between these two major events.
Eboo Patel’s organization, the Interfaith Youth Core, is guided by three central ideas that profoundly resonate with the mission of Cabrini College: respecting religious identity; fostering mutually inspiring relationships; and undertaking common action for the common good (see http://www.ifyc.org/guiding-ideas).
For Cabrini College, as a Catholic institution that welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds, the principles of Catholic Social Teaching provide a firm foundation for interfaith understanding and cooperation for the common good:
We are called to acknowledge the sacredness and dignity of every human person. We are called to respect the rights of others and assume our responsibility for contributing to the development of the common good of everyone. We are called to apprehend a vision of solidarity, namely that, “We are all part of one human family—whatever our national, racial, religious, economic or ideological differences—and in an increasingly interconnected world, loving our neighbor has global dimensions” (see crs.org/about/guiding-principles.cfm).
Put simply, in the words of the Interfaith Youth Core’s national campaign for interfaith cooperation, “We are better together” (see http://www.ifyc.org/better-together).
Submitted by: N. Rademacher, Associate Professor, Religious Studies