Westfield State University’s Inter-Faith Center held a remembrance ceremony last week in honor of the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Student Ministry Director Father Warren Savage told 22News that he also had an inter-faith discussion with members of the local Jewish community.
Father Savage, who has been a priest for 40 years, said such inter-faith gatherings are of vital importance.
“I think inter-faith initiatives and efforts are all the more critical in that we get people across traditions to sit down and talk together,” Father Savage said. “To move beyond hate. you gotta talk and get to know one another. But you also have to emphasize the importance of respecting the dignity of every person.”
In an unrelated matter, Father Savage received word on Monday of a $50,000 donation which will advance his work with the college student ministries.
Father Savage is also involved with student religious life at Mount Holyoke and Amherst colleges.