Arthur J. Schmitt interfaith panel

By: Viola Ranjha


One of the characteristics of the Benedictine community is the religious diversity the school has to offer. While the university has a strong Catholic tradition, learning about other religions and traditions has become part of students’ lives. On Saturday, March 29th, at 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Krasa, students can have dinner and experience an evening of examining what the role of religion and God play in one’s life.

This year’s Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarship was awarded to Jermeen Wadie, a sophomore at Benedictine University. Being an awardee of this scholarship means putting together a project of your own.

“Jake Kennedy and I have been working on an Interfaith Panel. In this event speakers from six different religions [Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism] will come and talk about The Role of Religion and God in One’s Life. Their talks will be followed by dinner and a discussion,” said Wadie.

The speakers include, Gabbai Bernie Newman, Mayor of Lockport Devendra Trivedi, Venerable Miaohong Shih, Benedictine University professor Father Julian Von Duerbeck, Author and Islamic Scholar Javeed Akhter, MD, and Chartered Senior Financial Planner Amarjit Singh, MBA, CEA, CSF.

“The goal of the event is to bring the members of the community together and bring harmony to them through the talks by the speakers, a fellowship meal, followed by a discussion,” added Wadie.

It is hoped to be a night of spiritual exploration leading to a deeper understanding of one another.