Father Thomas F. Stransky, CSP
Fr. Thomas F. Stransky, rector emeritus of Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies, was one of the original staff members of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity. He began his service in 1960 soon after the Secretariat was formed as one of the preparatory commission for the Second Vatican Council. He served with Cardinals Augustin Bea and Johannes Willebrands, the first two Secretariat Presidents. In October 1960, they handed him the file on a proposal for the Council to address the Church's relationship with the Jewish people. He staffed that proposal as it developed through the Council to become the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate), promulgated on October 28, 1965. Concluding his service in Rome in 1970, he returned to the United States and served as President of the Paulist Fathers. In 1986, he began serving as Rector of Tantur Ecumenical Institute until his retirement, continuing to serve during those years as a consultor to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Today, he writes and lectures on ecumenical and interreligious relations.