Giving highly qualified graduate students the opportunity to pursue interreligious study and equip them to lead interfaith efforts.
In its thirteen year, 112 Fellows are now in, or have matriculated from, the program with either a Diploma, Licence (S.T.L.) or Doctorate (S.T.D.) in interreligious studies from the Angelicum.
|Fr. Emmanuel Aguiyi Nigeria||Dr. Ana Petrache Romania||Mr. Christopher Akongnwi Cameroon||Sr. Mary Ogeyi Odey Nigeria|
|Sr. Jisha Jacob Olikkara India||Fr. Baiju Julian India||Ms. Sophie Palopoli US||Ms. Ruki Salgado Sri Lanka|
|Ms. Gloria Guisbert Bolivia||Mr. Gianluca Avanzato US|
|Fr. Manoj Rasanjana Angodage Don Sri Lanka||Fr. Naqash Azam Masih Pakistan||Ms. McKenzie Fergus US||Sem. Floyd Kanongi Gatana Papua New Guinea|
|Ms. Bernadette Mary McGonigle Ireland||Rev. James Eroni Miriago Kenya||Fr. Celestine Chukwubunna Muonwe Nigeria||Ms. Nataliia Pavlyk Ukraine|
|Fr. Nay Myo Swe Myanmar|
|Fr. Mak Caesar Abagna Ghana||Ms. Nozipho Princess S. Dlodlo Zimbabwe||Fr. Richard Emmanuel Gokum Nigeria||Ms. Emily Lauren Judd US|
|Fr. Kevin Que Medilo Philippines||Rev. Mr. James Morrison US||Rev. Mr. Ryan A. Muldoon US||Ms. Nadiia Sybira Ukraine|
|Mr. Baltazar JR. Mahilum Acebedo Philippines||Ms. Emily Kathleen David US||Sr. Lucy Joseph India||Dr. Sr. Vimal Jyothy Joseph India|
|Fr. Jan James Nowotnik UK||Ms. Annamaria Szalma Hungary||Rev. Rafal Maciej Szweda Poland/Scotland||Fr. Ladislav Varga Slovakia|
|Ms. Roksolana Zarytska Ukraine|
|Mr. Ali Abdallah Chamseddine France/Lebanon||Sr. Anie Deepa Nedumkallel India||Mr. Christos Kalaitzidis Greece||Ms. Christine Cheng Kim Lim Malaysia|
|Ms. Samantha Anne Lin US/Canada||Ms. Lynda Kay Middleton US||Mr. Rafiqur Rahman US||Mr. William John Stainsby Ireland|
|Ms. Shu Chin Gabrielle Yang Malaysia|
|Ms. Berliana Ali Indonesia||Ms. Anna Balint Hungary||Fr. Herbert Banda Zimbabwe||Ms. Lidiia Batig Ukraine|
|Ms. Elyse Brazel Canada||Sr. Purobi Chiran Bangladesh||Mr. Matthew Doeing US||Ms. Courtney Hartmann US|
|Fr. Joseph Origbo Nigeria||Fr. Ranndolph Romero Philippines|
|Ms. Anna Marie Bninski US||Ms. Elena Dini Italy||Fr. Caetano Joaquim Fernandes India||Fr. Nigel Joseph Karam Dominica|
|Fr. Moise Noukpo Koumakpai Benin||Fr. Vinh Hoang Nguyen Vietnam||Mr. Nazar Sloboda Ukraine||Ms. Elena Tadiello Italy|
|Ms. Rebecca Theresa Cohen US||Ms. Marija Corusa Bosnia Herzegovina||Mr. Peter Joseph Dziedzic US||Mr. Derek Clinton Farmer US|
|Ms. Sarah Katherine Farnes US||Ms. Elena Kariofylidou Greece||Ms. Allyson Zacharoff US|
|Rev. Vincent George Dissanayake Sri Lanka||Mr. Philip Lajo Fuentes Philippines||Rev. Kwan Ho Edward Hsueh Hong Kong||Mr. Carlos Roberto Latin Mexico and US|
|Ms. Linda Taggart US|
|Renata Nehring Poland||Fr. Anthony Okolo Nigeria||Rev. Fr. Louis Taiwo Omojola Nigeria||Fr. Xavier Kanat Ouseph India|
|Sr. Teresa Piacentini, PFA Italy||Fr. Cyrille Uwizeye Rwanda||Fr. Marco Valentini Italy||Joseph Michael Zwosta US|
|Omar Sillah Gambia||Fr. Celestine Ezemadubom Nigeria|
|B. Kim Dolan US||Fr. Celestine Ezemadubom Nigeria||Claudia Leal-Luna Chile||Fr. Bovus Mathew Meloott India|
|Fr. André Mujyambere Rwanda||Fr. Michal Sadowski Poland||Omar Sillah Gambia||Quan Dinh Tran Viet Nam and US|
|Taras Dzyubanskyy Ukraine||Sr. Gracy Joseph Vadakara, FC India|
|Fr. Francis Adedigba Nigeria||Fr. Richard James Babao Philippines||Fr. John Bogna Bakeni Nigeria||Paola Bernardini US and Italy|
|Andrew James Boyd US||Val Galagate Brillo Philippines||Peter Ivanecky Slovakia||Fr. Wykliffe Karathi Kenya|
|Fr. Maria Michael Peters India||Matthew John-Paul Tan Singapore and Australia||Fr. Thangaraj Michael India||Fr. Michael Ufok Udoekpo Nigeria|
|Fr. Kurian Benoy Ambazhathinal India||Fr. Sebastian Anokwulu Nigeria||Fr. Charles Cortinovis US||Fr. Gianpaolo Pagano Italy|
|Fr. Ioan Reikli Romania||Fr. Ambrose Ukaonu Nigeria||Fr. Marco Zara Italy|
Started in 2008, over 110 full fellowships have been awarded to highly qualified individuals from around the globe to study at the Angelicum. The aim is for these students to become actively immersed in interfaith dialogue throughout their studies and become leaders in their communities after they graduate.
Most Russell Berrie Fellows study within the Ecumenical section of the Faculty of Theology at the Angelicum. The student body consists of men and women (clergy, religious and lay) from many nations, and includes Latin and Eastern Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Anglicans, Protestants, and occasionally, those from other faiths including Muslims, Jews and Buddhists. The Russell Berrie Fellows are enrolled in one of the four Faculties of the University: Theology, Philosophy, Canon Law or Social Sciences. The fellowship is administered by the Institute of International Education.
During the ten day trip to Israel, Fellows study at the Shalom Hartman Institute, renowned for its combination of rigorous Jewish scholarship, commitment to pluralism and interfaith dialogue; and visits to the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and holy sites around Jerusalem.
The program includes experience at the sacred sites of all three religions who hold Jerusalem dear, and meetings with leaders from Abrahamic and other faiths. For most Fellows, this is an unprecedented opportunity to see in action within Israel the relationship between the three Abrahamic faiths; and put into practice, within a religious context.
“The Russell Berrie Fellowship program greatly shaped my academic and personal journey. Together we’ve learned, imagined, dreamed, reasoned, questioned, collaborated, laughed, studied, and prayed. These unparalleled encounters are discussed in the Russell Berrie Fellows blog, which underlines what it might be like to walk in the shoes of a Russell Berrie Fellow.
Interfaith exchanges are paved by diverging paths of shared experiences, positive interactions, as well as constructive insights. This blog offers the opportunity for readers to learn from and take part in uncovering and examining an extraordinary interreligious mosaic of vision as fellows discuss transformative lessons, impactful travels, and far more.”
Ms. McKenzie Fergus
Cohort XII – US
“The Russell Berrie Fellowship experience has been one of the great blessings of my life both personally and professionally. The learning and living experiences of my Russell Berrie Fellowship studies in Rome and in Israel and with the faculty and students of the Angelicum as well as with the Shalom Hartman Institute have blessed me and all of my students in classrooms, congregational, and community settings.”
Ms. Linda S. Taggart
Cohort V – US
“There is no doubt that the Russell Berrie Fellowship has had an impact on my life, both personal and professional. I see dialogue as a way of being and living, as a method, rather than just a theory of teachings and books.”
Fr. Cyrille Uwizeye
Cohort IV – Rwanda
“It was a blessing for me. It brought me a new vision to build a society of peace and an eye opener towards the entire humanity.”
Sr. Gracy Vadakara
Cohort III – India
“The Russell Berrie Fellowship allowed me to continuously deepen my understanding and desire for unity among Christians and harmony with people of other faiths. My studies, exposure, seminars and training in Rome made me realize that harmony and peace are possible, even if there is much difficulty in the process.”
Rev. Fr. Richard James Manion Babao
Cohort II – Philippines