Posted: Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
July 15, 2014
Fr. Thomas Hart, O.S.B., second from right, Saint Vincent College assistant to the president for mission and instructor in theology, was honored by The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh at its annual Humanity Day Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Banquet on July 13 at the Center on Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh. Participating in the presentation were, from left, Mohamed Ramadan, president of the Islamic Center; Sheikh Atef Mahgoub, religious director of the Islamic Center; and The Ven. Bhante Piya Uttamapanyo, a Theravada Buddhist monk from Pittsburgh’s Wat Padhammaratana (Monastery), a banquet visitor. Keynote speaker was Alia Bilal who represented Chicago’s Inner-City Muslim Action Network. As part of his ongoing interfaith efforts, Fr. Thomas assisted Dr. Mary Beth Spore and Fr. Vernon Holtz, O.S.B., to obtain the services of Sheikh Atef and Bhante Piya this spring to speak in the Saint Vincent lecture series on aging and spirituality sponsored by the Saint Vincent College School of Social Sciences, Communication and Education.
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