Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue


Community Education and Outreach

The Hickey Center holds specialized seminars and workshops for professionals in different fields, including yearly seminars for school teachers, nurses, hospice workers, and prison chaplains. Through these programs, the Hickey Center helps bring interfaith understanding and dialogue into daily public life. Learn more about our programs »

National and International Outreach

In the past year, the Hickey Center worked with the Salam Institute of Peace and Justice of Washington D.C.; the Fuller Theological Seminary of Pasadena, CA; the Catholic Diocese of Arlington County, VA; and, the International Institute of Islamic Thought of Herndon, VA. The Hickey Center is also in contact with interfaith organizations in Morocco, Jordan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

History of the Hickey Center

  • In 1999, representatives from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist religions in Rochester, New York, came together to further improve relations among people of all faiths, stand against hate, and build bridges of respectful understanding.
  • From this effort, the Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) was formally created on November 28, 2001, shortly after the September 11 tragedies.  
  • In 2004, CISD found its permanent home at Nazareth College and, in 2011, was renamed the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue in honor of two of the Center’s most dedicated long-time supporters.