Dr. Kenneth Rose is a leading expert on word religions. He holds an M.Div. from Harvard University Divinity School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. At Harvard, he was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Currently Senior Research Fellow at The Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California), he is also an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University, where he teaches courses on world religions, Christian spirituality, comparative mysticism, and philosophical theology.
Dr. Rose is an expert on theologies of religions, comparative mysticism, and contemplative methods. His publications include Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism: Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), Pluralism: The Future of Religion (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), and “Pluralism and the Upaniṣads,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies (Fall 2010). Influenced as much by the Bhagavad Gītā as by Thomas Merton and the Buddha, Dr. Rose has engaged in a lifelong quest to understand and practice spirituality in light of the most sublime mystical texts in the world’s wisdom traditions.
Praise for Dr. Kenneth Rose
“Professor Kenneth Rose is a leading scholar and author in the field of interreligious theology. He is an exceptionally gifted lecturer who brings into the foreground both cutting edge academic insights while applying practical engagement of religious wisdom found in the great religious traditions of the world. Anyone fortunate enough to hear discourses from Dr. Rose will develop a deeper appreciation for the great gifts that all religious traditions offer the world and will also, no doubt, be personally enriched.”
– Graham M. Schweig, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Christopher Newport University
“Dr. Ken Rose is an internationally known expert in comparative religious studies. Dr. Rose has an enormous depth and breadth of knowledge of the world religions, especially those of the East. An engaging and dynamic teacher, Dr. Rose has a knack for making complex concepts easy to understand.”
– Jane L. Hearne, MD
Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Christian spirituality. In recognition of his ministry in the Church, Pope John Paul II awarded him the pontifical honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1999. In 2000, he was awarded the Caritas Centennial Award for his work in lay ministry and the Spirit of RENEW Award for his work in interreligious dialogue and ecumenism. His publications include Everyday Mysticism (Crossroad, 1995), Beauty: A Path to God (Paulist Press, 2013), and Moral Formation in the Parish (Alba House, 1998).Fr. Ciorra holds graduate degrees in psychology, spirituality, and pastoral theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Currently, he is Assistant Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Prior to assuming this post, Fr. Ciorra occupied a number of leadership positions in higher education and beyond, including: dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; director of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development at the College of St. Elizabeth; and director of the Center for Spiritual Development for the Archdiocese of New York.Fr. Ciorra’s professional experience ranges from parish life and preaching to teaching and administration to retreat work and formation ministries. He gives workshops and retreats throughout the world and is active in creating programs for interreligious dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Praise for Anthony Ciorra
“I highly recommend any course by Fr. Anthony Ciorra. His delivery is great, his reflections [are] thoughtful, and [his] questions are challenging. I would have enjoyed having him as a professor. His illustrations are practical.”– Michael Harrison,San Antonio, TX
“Anthony Ciorra—a born teacher—clear and inspiring.”– Sr. Michael,Seaham, County Durham, UK
“Very personable!”– Margaret Gardner,Verona, NJ