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Multifaith initiative at SHU

From left, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis, Imam Gazmend Aga and Mark Block. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek.

There are three new part-time chaplains at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Imam Gazmend Aga, Rabbi Marcelo Kormis and Mark Block, have joined the Campus Ministry team as part of the “Open Heart, Many Faiths” initiative.

The initiative began as a means of opening channels among faiths, encouraging open dialogue and communication on campus and providing an open door for students who have questions about religion and spirituality.

During a recent meet-and-greet session with the three chaplains in University Commons, Larry Carroll, executive director of pastoral services and planning, described the new chaplains as individuals with “great faith, great spirit and fun.”

Aga is the imam of the Albanian-American Community in Waterbury. Kormis is from Congregation Beth El in Fairfield. Block is executive director of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Bridgeport. 

They will appear on a regular podcast with a title based on the opening line of many jokes: “An Imam, a Priest and a Rabbi Walk into a Bar.” They’ll be discussing the issues associated with being a religious person in the 21st century. The show will be recorded at Red’s, Sacred Heart’s on-campus pub.

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