Ali’s involvement in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue is a natural result of his being raised in Lebanon and having a religiously diverse family. His parents, one Muslim and one Catholic, divorced when Ali was young as a result of the pressure they faced from a society that did not accept mixed marriages. Ali finds that his background affords him the opportunity to connect with and build bridges of understanding between diverse communities.
Ali moved to Rome to study theology. Upon completing his bachelor’s degree in Theology at the Angelicum, he continued his theological studies in Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, where he received a licentiate degree and is currently working on his doctorate degree.
Ali recently immigrated to the United States and has been hired by the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota as an Adjunct Professor teaching courses in Theology 101 and Islam, both focusing on interreligious dialogue. Additionally, Ali is a member of the Archdiocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Ali is preparing to be a married priest that will serve the Maronite community in the United States. He is excited to emphasize ecumenical and interreligious relations in his ministry.
Bachelor of Theology, STB, Magna Cum Laude
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, Italy, 2016
License of Theology in Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies, STL, Magna Cum Laude
Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, Italy, 2018