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About Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, D.Phil.

The Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell joined Seton Hall University in 1974 when he helped to design the curriculum for the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. This unique curriculum was the first of its kind in the world and continues to serve as a model for eliminating prejudice through understanding.

Today Father Frizzell is the Director and Associate Professor of the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program and the Director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, a leading center of expertise committed to the mission of developing, encouraging and increasing the collaborative peace-building efforts of Jewish and Christian scholars, theologians, educators and students.

In 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Frizzell Consultor to the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Pope Francis renewed his appointment in 2014. In addition to this work, Father Frizzell is also the moderator of "The Kinship of Catholics & Jews," a weekly radio program that promotes the shared values of Christians and Jews and is broadcast on Seton Hall's WSOU 89.5 FM.

A specialist in Jewish-Christian studies and relations, Father Frizzell also explores the impact of biblical traditions on Catholic worship, liturgy and ethics.


Present Director, The Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies
Present Director & Associate Professor, Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program, Seton Hall University

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2008 - Present Consultant, Commission on Religious Relations with the Jews, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
1989 - Present Advisory Committee, Secretariat for Catholic Jewish Relations of the United States Catholic Conference
1981 - Present Ecumenical Commission, Archdiocese of Newark
Member, Catholic Biblical Association
Member, Society of Biblical Literature
Member, The Biblical Theologians (Princeton)
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Honors and Awards

  • Consultor to the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Vatican City (2008-2018)
  • McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service from Seton Hall University (2007)
  • The Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award from the NJ Department of Education, State Holocaust Commission (June 2006)
  • Canada Council Grant (1970-73)


D.Phil., University of Oxford
S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
S.T.L., University of Ottawa

Contact Information
Office: (973) 761-9751

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