A few years ago, in the summer of 2008, my
husband Stephen died after a prolonged battle with brain
cancer. During our 23 years of marriage, although I was
the Catholic and he the Jew, we managed to raise our three
children in the most remarkable way - in love and
dedication in community, together and steadfastly,
attending services and creating ritual, to the point that
from the outside you weren't sure who was who: we were an
After his death, I entered seminary training,
receiving a Masters in Theology, with an emphasis on
Spirituality and Cross Cultural studies, searching for the
way to continue my work with The Interfaith Union, though
in a transformed way. The circle is now complete, having
just completed pastoral education as Chaplain and Minister.
If you are looking for a minister to support and
guide you in those conversations prior to your interfaith
wedding…to preside at the celebration of your marriage….or
the funeral of a beloved…the celebration of Hebrew Naming
and Baptism, I am glad you found us.
In peace and all good things,
Eileen O’Farrell Smith, MPH, MA
In the news: We are so proud to have been included in a recent article in the Sunday New York Times – enjoy!