Ecumenical & Interreligious Survey
Handing on the Faith: In an Ecumenical World
Ecumenism and Adult Formation in the Parish
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2010
2009/2010 Meetings and Gatherings
Pope Benedict Addresses the Ecumenical Community
2008 UNITAS Newsletter 

Ecumenical & Interreligious Survey

The Office of Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs is conducting a survey on ecumenism. If you are interested in participating in this survey, please click the link below to begin. 

Ecumenical & Interreligious Survey


Dear friends of Ecumenism:

In the pdf file below you will find this year's LARCUM brochure and registration form. This year's conference focuses on "Growing Grassroots Ecumenism" and is being held in Fredericksburg Virginia December 3rd through the 4th. This is an exciting time to meet and connect with people from the different Christian communions represented in the LARCUM covenant as well as discover great ways to promote and grow an ecumenical experience within your own parish.

 2010 LARCUM Brochure



Handing on the Faith: In an Ecumenical World
With Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC
Saturday, July 17, 2010
See Flyer for more details

Ecumenism and Adult Formation in the Parish

A $ 3,000 grant from the Bishop’s Appeal to the Diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has produced the DVD, Handing on the Faith in an Ecumenical World.  Each parish will receive this gift to be a catechetical resource in the parish.  Christian Brother Jeffrey Gros, seasoned ecumenist and Professor of Church History at Memphis Theological Seminary, presents an up-to-date Catholic approach to Christian Unity with parishes in mind. 

The video has been produced by Deacon Darrell Wentworth, Commission member, who has lead presentations throughout the diocese.  In addition to viewing the video, facilitator materials and handouts for use at the parish level will be provided. 

Sessions in the Eastern and Central Vicariates were well received.   Sessions in the Western Vicariate are currently being scheduled.

Pastors, deacons, PERs, MRE/CREs, Pastoral Council Chairpersons, Adult Formation Directors and Christian Formation Committee Chairpersons will want to view and learn from this video.  This is an excellent adult formation tool for every parish.  Every committee in the parish would also benefit from this, as well as, all parishioners.  For further information, contact the Vicar for Ecumenism’s office, (757) 340-7231 or email,

JANUARY 18-25, 2010

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was initiated in 1908 by the Rev. Paul Wattson, co-founder of the Society of the Atonement, Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. Its observance has changed over the years, in accordance with developments in the ecumenical movement: the universal week of prayer advocated by Abbe Paul Couturier in Lyon, France in the 1930's; the formation of the World Council of Churches in 1948; the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism in 1964; and the formation of the Joint Working Group between the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.

A world observance, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an important expression of ecumenical activity at the local level. The traditional date for the Week is January 18-25. Those dates were proposed by Paul Watson to cover the days between the feast of St. Peter and the feast of St. Paul, and therefore have a symbolic meaning.

The theme and text for each year's observance of the Week of Prayer are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted and published for use in the USA by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

A variety of resources is available on Graymoor’s website, and in print. These include an ecumenical celebration of the word of God, daily scripture & prayer guide and homily notes.

The theme and scripture for the Week of Prayer 2010:
You Are Witnesses of These Things.
(Luke 24:48)

All parishes and missions are receiving information concerning this and all are encouraged to celebrate locally with our brothers and sisters in Christ the degree of unity which we enjoy.


January 18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
TBA Spring PER Meetings
April 19-22 National Workshop on Christian Unity, Tampa, FL
May 11 PER Planning Group webcam session
May 18 VCC Faith & Action Awards Luncheon
May 26 Ecumenical & Interreligious Commission Meeting, Charlottesville
July 17 Handing on the Faith (details)

Pope Benedict’s address to the Ecumenical Community in Sydney, Australia,
July 18, 2008 – Click Here to read

Pope Benedict’s address to the Ecumenical Community in New York, New York, USA, April 18, 2008 – Click Here to read

Click Here to Read the Fall 2008 UNITAS Newsletter