See below for a list of supporting faculty members within the Integral Program.

Br. Donald Mansir, F.S.C  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

  • Ph.D. Theology, . The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio,, 1999
    With an emphasis in Theology of Culture and Near Eastern Studies
  • M.A. Education, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California,, 1984
    Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership
  • Diploma French, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada,, 1978
  • B.A. Integral Program, Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California,, 1971

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - St. Anthony of Padua Institute, Berkeley, California (February 01, 2009)
    Course on Aquinas and Natural Law
  • Associate Professor, Integral Liberal Arts Program - Saint Mary's College (July 01, 2003)
  • Visiting Professor, Integral Program, Collegiate Seminar and Graduate Liberal Arts Program - Saint Mary's College of California (January 04, 2000)
  • Professor, Music Faculty - Latin Patriarchal Seminary, Beit Jala, West Bank (September 01, 1988 - July 01, 1991)
  • Professor, English Department - Bethlehem University, Palestine (July 01, 1988 - July 01, 1989)
    Responsible for development of course outline, goals and objectives of Intensive English Program for first year students
  • Director of Campus Ministry/Chairperson, Religion Department - San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno, California (July 01, 1979 - June 30, 1982)
    Initiated, established and developed overall goals and objectives for the new Campus Ministry Program. Supervised teachers in the Department. Instructor in Religion
  • Sub-Director - Mont La Salle Novitiate, Napa, California (1978 - 1979)
    Responsible for the overall program in the absence of the Director. Developed course outlines and taught "Johannine Studies,""Liturgy," and "The Psalms." Courses accredited by Saint Mary's College of California
  • Teacher - La Salle High School, Pasadena, California (1974 - 1979)
    Developed course outlines for an taught Comparative Religions, Geometry, German I, and Beginning Art. Taught Algebra, English, French, Music, Theatre Arts, Journalism. Director of Theatre Arts
  • Instructor, Theology Department - Saint Mary's College (1972 - 1974)
    Taught "Gospel of John," "Book of Revelation," "Religious Commitment," and "Liturgy."

Professional Experience:

  • Consultant and Permanent Representative - United Nations and UNICEF, International Catholic Child Bureau, Geneva, Switzerland (1996 - 1998)
    Consultant for the development of a secondary school curriculum entitled "Building Spiritual Resilience in Youth."Representative for the Bureau to the United Nations and UNICEF, New York City
  • Chief Overseas Operating Officer - Catholic Near East Welfare Association, New York/Vatican City (1993 - 1996)
    Responsible for directing overseas operations in support of mission and strategic plans of the Association in Eastern Europe, India, Turkey, and northeast Africa, including regional offices in Addis Ababa. Supervised personnel and guided programmatic activities. In the association with the Secretary General of the association, established and maintained effective relations with civil and religious leaders in countries to which services were provided
  • Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Pontifical Mission for Palestine, New York/Vatican City (1993 - 1996)
    Responsible for directing operations of regional offices in Amman, Beirut, Jerusalem, and Vatican City, including implementation of strategic plans and policies for the Holy See's humanitarian, relief and development activities in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, and Iran. Maintained operational relations with the Holy See. In association with the President of the Mission, established and maintained effective relations with governmental entities in support of the Mission's programs. Approved selection, reviewed and approved evaluations, promotions, and terminations of stag in regional offices
  • Director, Jerusalem Office - Pontifical Mission for Palestine (1990 - 1994)
    Responsible for the overall multi-million dollar humanitarian and pastoral assistance program and implementation goals of the Pontifical Mission in Israel, Occupied Palestine Territories and Cyprus. Responsible for the development of strategies to assist persons affected by the conflicts in the Occupied Territories and Cyprus. Recruited, trained, and supervised local staff in areas of administration, finance and project management. Initiated projects in coordination with Christian Churches in the Holy Land. Developed strategies for cooperation among Palestinian, Israeli and Christian communities
  • Projects Manager, Jerusalem Office - Pontifical Mission for Palestine (1989 - 1990)
    Responsible for project and programs department
  • Staff - Vatican's Apostolic Delegation to Jerusalem, Jerusalem (1988 - 1990)
    Responsible for English correspondence for the Apostolic Delegate and for the preparation of laisser-passers and other travel documents for Palestinians
  • Administrator, Newman Catholic Center - California Polytechnic University,San Luis Obispo, California (1986 - 1988)
    Directed the overall development program. Responsible for public relations programs. Responsible for coordination of program personnel. Responsible for all liturgical activities. Responsible for staff development
  • Principal - San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno, California (1982 - 1986)
    Responsible for the overall administration of coed Catholic secondary school with enrollment of over 1,000 students, a faculty and staff of 65 and a two million dollar operating budget. Responsible for faculty selection and development
  • Academic Vice President - San Joaquin Memorial High School, Fresno, California (1980 - 1982)
    Responsible for student programming, staff development, teaching assignments and curriculum development

Award:

  • Croce "Pro piis Meritis"(Cross of Merit) - Knights of Malta (October 1994)
    Given in recognition of work on behalf of abandoned infants in the Holy Land

Grant:

  • Teaching Ethics to Adolescents - Fribourg University (January 1997)
    Internship for doctorate to develop a program to teach ethics in secondary schools, funded by Humanitas Foundation

Honors:

  • Lieutenancy Annual Award - Knights of the Holy Sepulchre (September 2008)
    Recognition of contributions to the people of the Holy Land, to the students of Bethlehem University in particular
  • Invested as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem - (October 1994)
    Given in recognition of work in the Holy Land
  • Honorary Member, Board of Governors - Antonian Charitable Society of Bethlehem (February 1994)
    Given in recognition of work done on behalf of children and the elderly in Bethlehem

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Education for Justice: The Question of Palestine. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    International Association of Technology, Education and Development/Madrid, Spain

    Strategies for the interaction between Palestinian and American university students for better mutual understanding and the promotion of peace
    (November 15, 2010)
  • Peace: Nature and Nurture. Theology and Culture in the Conflicts in the Holy Land. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    International Peace Studies Conference

    Keynote address at the Second Annual Peace and Reconciliation Conference at Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan
    (September 29, 2010)
  • Islam's Tahwidi Principles and Governance. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (talk, speech or lecture, invited, panel or forum member, panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Oxford Round Table on God and Politics
    (April 2010)
  • The Dialogue Between Faith and Reason: A Qur'anic Strategy for Governance. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    St. John's College, Annapolis - Lecture Series
    (March 26, 2010)
  • SHURA/Consultation: A Strategy for Governance. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (talk, speech or lecture, invited, panel or forum chair, moderator, or leader)
    Oxford Round Table
    Fifty-five invited participants to a round table discussion on Islam, Christianity and Democracy
    (July 2009)
  • Role of the Christian Churches in the Isaeli-Palestinian Conflict. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, primary presenter)
    Saint Mary Virgin Episcopal Church
    Lecture/Discussion
    (April 22, 2007)
  • Failed Diplomacy and the Palestinians. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, primary presenter)
    Fresno Book Club
    (February 05, 2007)
  • Democarcy in Iraq. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, paper)
    Long Beach State University
    (April 16, 2006)
  • The Brothers Karamozov: Reflecting Thinking as a Guide for Judging our Guilt for Human Tragedy. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (paper)
    Association for Core Texts and Courses [ACTC]
    (April 08, 2006)
  • Rights, Privileges of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Christian Holy Places in Jerusalem. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (paper)
    American Catholic Historical Association
    (April 05, 2006)
  • The Armenian Apostolic Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, primary presenter)
    Mekharist Monastery, St. Lazare, Venice, Italy
    (January 10, 2006)
  • Catholics in Iraq. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, primary presenter)
    St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Phoenix
    (April 17, 2005)
  • Two Christian Brothers Recall Arafat as a seeker of peace for Palestinians. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (interview or commentator)
    The Catholic Voice
    (November 22, 2004)
  • Terrorism: Some Reflections. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Saint Mary's College
    (April 18, 2004)
  • Terrorism and the War in Iraq. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Catholic Professional Club, Reno, Nevada
    (April 15, 2004)
  • Civil and Religious Rights in Jerusalem: The Quest to Refurbish the Great Dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, primary presenter)
    Stanford University, The Ethics of Development in a Global Environment [EDGE] Lecture Series
    (October 15, 2003)
  • A Brief History of the Holy See and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Scranton University, Pennsylvania, The American Catholic Historical Association Conference
    (March 28, 2003)
  • The Saudi Peace Proposal and the Status of Jerusalem. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, primary presenter)
    Moraga Kiwanis
    (February 28, 2002)
  • Terrorism or Freedom-Fighters: A Palestinian Perspective. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Orinda Rotary
    (November 28, 2001)
  • The Status of Jerusalem. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Saint Mary's College under the auspices of the St. Thomas Aquinas International Center
    (November 03, 2001)
  • Todays Holy War. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Saint Marys College
    (October 23, 2001)
  • The Vatican and Jerusalem. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Vatican City
    (November 21, 1999)
  • Whose Capital? The Status of Jerusalem. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Notre-Dame Center, Jerusalem
    (November 02, 1999)
  • The Sea of Galilee Stories. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Gay Beach Hotel, Tiberias, Israel
    (October 29, 1999)
  • Hospitality and Interdisciplinary Studies. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Union Institute University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    (September 21, 1999)
  • Jerusalem Belongs To?. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    (June 17, 1999)
  • The Jerusalem Project. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Fresno State University, Fresno, California
    (December 10, 1998)
  • Ecumenism on the Scaffold: The Quest to Refurbish the Dome of Jerusalems Church of the Resurrection. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Pacific School of Religion, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California and sponsored by the University of Vienna, the Saint Maximos Institute of California and the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute
    (December 04, 1998)
  • Violence and Non-Violence in Native American Spirituality. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    University of Cincinnati, Ohio
    (March 31, 1998)
  • A Conversation with Van Gogh and Mozart. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
    (May 25, 1997)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): The Jew and the Palestinian. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Reformed Synagogue, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    (April 06, 1997)
  • Judaism and Christianity: The Nature of the Conflict. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Reformed Synagogue, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    (April 05, 1997)
  • Concepts of Gender Cross-Culturally: Spiritual Perspectives. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Union Institute University, Washington, D.C.
    (March 25, 1997)
  • Eastern Christian Devotion: An Encounter with the Divine Persons. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    St. Ignatius of Loyola Lecture Series, New York City
    (October 30, 1995)
  • Coptic Monasticisms Unique Contribution to Christianity. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (invited, panel or forum member)
    St. Anthony Colloquium, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
    (January 20, 1993)
  • Religious Factor in the Israeli-Arab Conflict. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald
    Olof Palma II Foundation, Badalona, Spain
    (April 05, 1992)
  • The Dialogue Between Faith and Reason: A Qur'anic Strategy for Governance. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
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Article in Forum on Public Policy Online Journal

Panelist

  • Oslo Accords after Seventeen Years. Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald (panel or forum member)
    American Arab Anti-Discrimination Conference
    (June 07, 2010)

Publications:

  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. 2010. Shura/Consultation: A Qur'anic Strategy for Governance, FORUM JOURNAL ON FOREIGN POLICY, vol. Summer 2010; vol. 3, issue N. 2, Oxford Round Table
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. ""Meeting Place of Diversity," book review of The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years by Bernard Lewis." The National Catholic Register July 28, 1997
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "The Many Strands of Palestinian Identity, book review of Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness by Rashid Khalidi." The National Catholic Register July 13, 1997
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. April 23, 1997. What Ails the Middle East, book review of God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting from a Militant Middle East by Judith Miller, The National Catholic Register
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "The Holy Sepulchre: Birthplace of Christianity." The Catholic Near East March 1997
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "Health Care in the Jordan Valley." The Catholic Near East July 1995
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "Dialogue on the Vatican and Israel." The National Catholic Register May 07, 1995
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "Dialogue on the Status of Jerusalem." The National Catholic Register April 30, 1995
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "The Interaction Between Heaven and Earth: An Interview on Angels." Our Catholic World March 1995
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "Support the Handshake: A Reflection on the Israeli-Palestinian Principles of Agreement." The Catholic Near East (1994)
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. Translation (from original French) of Frederic Manns, La priere a lheure de Jesus, including translation from the Hebrew of the Targum Neofiti and texts of the Genizah of Cairo. Jerusalem: Franciscan Printing Press, 1993.
  • Mansir, F.S.C, Br. Donald. "El Factor de la Religion en el Conflicto Israel-Palestina: Identidad o Radicalizacion." FORUM (Mallorca) 1992

Performances:

Catholic Television Network Interview

  • The Kairos Document. (April 2010)
    Interview on the Kairos Document of the Heads of the Christian Churches in Jerusalem and their concern for the Palestinan Christians under Occupation in the Holy Land.
  • Conflict Among Christians in Jerusalem. KNXTV - Fresno. (December 2009)
    Interviewed in "Forum on Ethics and Understanding" Series on Catholic Television Network. Topic: Conflict among Christians in Jerusalem
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