The Reverend Dr. Lawrence E. Frizzell is an Associate Professor and Director of Seton Hall University’s Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. He also serves as 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.
Father Frizzell studied philosophy at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton, Canada (1958) and was ordained to the priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton on June 2, 1962. After earning his License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) at the University of Ottawa in Canada (1962), Father Frizzell became a Professor of Canon Law and Liturgy St. Joseph’s Seminary (1962-1964). He received his License in Sacred Scripture (S.S.L.) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (1967) and his doctorate (D.Phil.) at Oxford University (1974).
Shortly after graduating from Oxford, Father 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.
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 January 2014. In addition to this work, Father Frizzell is also a columnist for The Catholic Advocate, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark in New Jersey, and 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 FM 89.5.
A specialist in Jewish-Christian studies and relations, Father Frizzell also explores the impact of Biblical traditions on Catholic liturgy, prayer and ethics.