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Leo Lefebure

Faculty Fellow

Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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June 4, 2024

Debora Tonelli Publishes New Volume on Exiting Violence: The Role of Religion

A new volume edited by Research Fellow Debora Tonelli and Gerard Mannion explores the differing ways in which religion can contribute to societies and communities exiting situations of violence and hatred. The volume also features a foreword by Senior Fellow Jose Casanova and chapters from Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari, Faculty Fellow Leo Lefebure, and Tonelli.


Leo D. Lefebure is the Matteo Ricci, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and a Berkley Center faculty fellow. He is also a former Long Room Hub Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. His books include, among others, Transforming Interreligious Relations: Catholic Responses to Religious Pluralism in the United States (2020); Religion, Authority, and the State: From Constantine to the Contemporary World (2016, editor); True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions (2014); The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada (2011, with Peter Feldmeier); Revelation, the Religions, and Violence (2000); and The Buddha and the Christ (1993). Lefebure is  a research fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a trustee emeritus of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, and a former president of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. He has previously taught classes supported through the Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars project. He obtained his STL from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

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