Rev. Dennis McManus

director of the Jan karski institute for holocaust education

mcmanusFr. Dennis McManus has taught at Georgetown University since 1997. He holds a master's degree in historical ethics from Georgetown University and a doctorate from Drew University in historical theology. At present, he is on the faculty of the Center for Jewish Civilization in the School of Foreign Service, where he offers courses in the history of Christian-Jewish conflict, autobiography in the Holocaust, and the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue.

Fr. McManus has served for the last four years as Consultant for Jewish Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), where he staffs the two official dialogues between the Jewish community and the Catholic Church in the United States. He also belongs to the Church Relations Committee of the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum and from 1999-2008 was a member of the editorial board of The Stimulus Foundation of New York that publishes works devoted to Catholic-Jewish history and relations. From 2009- 2011, he was the personal delegate of the Archbishop of New York to the Jewish community of New York City. Since 1997, Fr. McManus has membered on the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League/USCCB joint program in Holocaust education known as Bearing Witness, offered nationally in Catholic dioceses. He is also director of the newly founded Jan Karski Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Georgetown University, which sponsors a week-long, intensive program in Holocaust education for high school teachers from across the U.S. Additionally, he teaches annually in the Holocaust Education workshop at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

Fr. McManus's research interests lie in two fields: first, the relationship of Jews with early Christians and second, the meaning of Judaism in Roman Catholic liturgy. As general editor of The Ancient Christian Writers Series (Paulist Press, New York) from 1993-2007, and Drew University's translation editor from 1995-1997 for its new series, Ancient Christian Commentary (IVPress, Downers Grove), he helped to highlight the interaction of Christianity and Judaism in early Church writing. Fr. McManus has written numerous articles on this and other historical topics in The Word Set Free (ADL, 2000); The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian-Jewish Relations (2002) and "The Jewish Background of the Celibacy of Jesus" in The Celibacy of Jesus (St. Botolph Press, 2012).

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selected Publications



Holocaust by Bullets (INAF 276, JCIV 276)

What Really Happened in the Camps? (INAF 269, JCIV 269)

Troubled Rivalry: The History of Jewish Catholic Relations (INAF 237)

Holocaust Autobiography (INAF 236, JCIV 236)

Seven Popes and the Jews (INAF 166, JCIV 166)