Albertus Magnus College Opens the Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life

Meet Inaugural Director at Open House and First Event

New Haven, Conn., October 5, 2021 – Albertus Magnus College invites you the Open House and initial programming of the new Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life. The mission of the Eckhart Center will be to engage the community in dialogue by integrating the Dominican values of contemplation and action with the call to promote a more just and more peaceful world. The idea for the Center was identified by Albertus faculty, staff, and Board of Trustee members in the College’s strategic plan, Albertus 2025: Lighting the Way to a Second Century, which was endorsed in March 2020. Seed funding for the Center was made possible earlier this year by a momentous $1,000,000 gift from the College’s sponsoring Congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who are slated to attend the official grand opening ceremony in March 2022. 

To help launch that official opening, Albertus will host the following events: What: Meister Eckhart Center Open House 

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 from 4-5 pm 
Where: Eckhart Center, Rosary Hall, 700 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 


What: “How to be an Urban Mystic: Introducing the Meister Eckhart Center” 
Who: Edward D. Dunar, Ph.D., Director of the Meister Eckhart Center 
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5pm 
Where: Behan Community Room at the Hubert Campus Center 

Edward Dunar photoAbout Edward D. Dunar, Ph.D., director of the Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life: Dr. Dunar joins Albertus as the Director of the Meister Eckhart Center and a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religion. He recently received his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fordham University and has published articles on ecclesiology, Catholic Social Thought, and religion and cities. He earned his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. A resident of New Haven since 2015, Dunar is looking forward to building bridges between the College and the surrounding community.

About Albertus Magnus College

About Albertus Magnus College: Albertus Magnus College, founded in 1925, is a Catholic College in the Dominican tradition. It is recognized by external rankings such as US News & World Report Best Colleges, Money Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. The College has an enrollment of 1,500 students in its traditional undergraduate program, accelerated adult degree programs, and 12 graduate programs, including a new Master of Public Administration and the only Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program in Connecticut. In the last year, the College received two significant Federal grants in support of student success and well-being: a $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice and a $1.9 million Title III grant from the Department of Education.