David Bossman Hosts Evening of Roses Fundraiser

J. Patrick Kelly Around the Province

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — David Bossman, executive director of the Sister Rose Thering, OP Foundation, served as master of ceremonies for the 14th annual “Evening of Roses” benefit at Seton Hall University on April 29.

Seton Hall University president Monsignor Robert Sheering was the award recipient, and former N.J. Governor Brendan Byrne provided a humorous introduction.

The Foundation helps fund the work of the Department of Judeo-Christian Studies where David teaches in the graduate school.

David was a personal friend of the late world-renowned (she assisted in writing the document of Vatican II on the Jews) Sister Rose and helps continue her work in breaking down the walls of prejudice and misunderstanding between peoples of “the Book.” Sister Rose died on May 6, 2006 at Siena Center, Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Racine, Wisc.

Sr. Rose founded the institute at Seton Hall that addressed the New Jersey law advocating that all children in the state be tauight about genocides especially the Holocaust.

The audience members — Jews and Christians — formed a prestigious group. They included an ambassador and representative from the Israeli Consulate in New York City. More information about both the Sister Rose Thering Endowment and the benefit is available on-line. 

— Fr. Jim is director of FrancisCare in Elmwood Park, N.J.