Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lutheran-Catholic 2016 Joint Ecumenical Commemoration

In Lead-up to 500th Anniversary of Reformation in 2017

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will jointly host an ecumenical event in the fall of 2016 as a continuation of the process “From Conflict to Communion” and to express the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. The year 2017 also  marks 50 years of ecumenical dialogue between the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church.
Within the framework of the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the two organizations announce that they have begun deliberations on the details of the event that comes a year before the global Reformation anniversary.
The joint event in 2016 will highlight the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans which are captured in their joint report From Conflict to Communion - Lutheran- Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.
Published in 2013 by the Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, "From Conflict to Communion" is the first attempt by both dialogue partners to describe together at an international level the history of the Reformation.
The report identifies the theological issues at stake during the 16th century Reformation and traces their ecumenical progress. The document also includes five ecumenical imperatives for dialogue and joint witness. It also provides a basis for the joint preparation of liturgical material to be offered to both Catholic and Lutheran churches around the world.
From Conflict to Communion builds on decades of theological work between Catholics and Lutherans, including the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, which was signed by the LWF and PCPCU on 31 October 1999, affirming consensus in basic truths of the doctrine of justification.
The venue, key speakers and participants in the event will be announced in due course.
“One of the principles for the LWF in commemorating the Reformation is to do so in a spirit of ecumenical accountability. We therefore welcome the opportunity to explore ways to build on the longstanding dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church to begin to plan a joint event in the lead-up to 2017. From Conflict to Communion is offering us a good basis for these explorations,” said LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge.
Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said: “By concentrating together on the centrality of the question of God and on a Christocentric approach, Lutherans and Catholics will have the possibility of an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation, not simply in a pragmatic way, but in the deep sense of faith in the crucified and resurrected Christ, whom Luther has brought to light again. ‘On this occasion’, as Pope Francis stated, ‘for the first time, Lutherans and Catholics will have the opportunity to share one ecumenical commemoration throughout the world, not in the form of a triumphalistic celebration, but as the profession of our common faith in the Triune God.’ This is the task that lies ahead of us today, and only together it can be addressed.”
















Lutherans, Catholics Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in 2016

In Lead-up to 500th Anniversary of Reformation in 2017

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The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will jointly host an ecumenical event in the fall of 2016 as a continuation of the process “From Conflict to Communion” and to express the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Deacon Frank Bandy assigned to Ecumenical & Interreligious Ministry

Bishop Gerald M Barbarito has appointed newly ordained Deacon Frank Bandy to assist Deacon Dennis Demes and Mrs. Lynn Powell in the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for the Diocese of Palm Beach.  Deacon Frank will serve as coordinator of outreach ministries for the office and has listed the following events.

Ecumenical Calendar of Events:

I.  Kairos Prison Ministry-  

Nov. 6 - 9th, 2014- Weekend retreat at Okeechobee Correctional Institution.  Please pray for the team and the candidates.

Nov. 6 - 9th, 2014- Weekend retreat at Martin Correctional Institution.  Please pray for this team and candidates as well.

II.  Family Promise-  Homeless Families Ministry-

Nov. 14th, 2014- Friday @ 6:30pm at St. Paul of the Cross (Coffeehaus).  
Volunteer training & orientation.  All are welcome.
            
Nov. 23 > 29th, 2014-  Host Event at Our Lady of Florida-  the St. Paul of the Cross team will be Hosting homeless families in transitionduring the Thanksgiving week.  Consider giving thanks for God's generous gifts in your life by serving on this wonderful ministry to these 
beautiful homeless families in our community.

III.  P.E.A.C.E.-  People Engaged in Active Community Efforts-

October 27, 2014 @ 7pm @ 1st Baptist Church, W.P.B., Fl.
General meeting for members of the PEACE Movement.

January 12th, 2015 (tentative) @ St. Patrick Church, 13591 Prosperity Farms Road, P.B.G., Fl. 
Orientation and Introduction to the movement by Fr. John DeMello.

IV.  Unity Celebrations-  Christian Unity Gatherings-

Dec 7th, 2014  4- 5pm @ Palm Beach Gardens Community Center 4404 Burns Road, PBG, Fl.
9th Annual Christmas Celebration- Singing of Christmas Carols by the Christian Community.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Materials are available for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from the Graymoor Ecumenical Institute as this address:

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2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events
Diocese of Palm Beach
Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations


Sunday, January 11th

          Saint Andrew Episcopal Church in Fort Pierce (Host) 4:00 PM,
Holy Cross Catholic Church, Vero Beach, Living Lord Lutheran Church,
Vero Beach, Saint Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Vero Beach,
Our Savior Lutheran Church, Vero Beach, Indian River Medical Center,
Vero Beach
Prayer Service

Saturday, January 17th

Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens (Host) 12:00 noon
          Cathedral of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Palm Beach Gardens, St. Paul of the
Cross Catholic Church, North Palm Beach.  A Song, Worship and Prayer
Service followed by a Ministry Mall featuring more than forty Ecumenical Ministries.   
           
Tuesday, January 20th

Saint Andrew Episcopal Church in Boca Raton (Host) 7:00 PM, Saint John
the Evangelist Catholic Church, Boca Raton, Saint David Armenian Apostolic Church, Boca Raton
Prayer Service
         
Thursday, January 22nd

               Saint David’s in the Pines Episcopal Church in Wellington (Host) 7:00 PM
Our Lady Queen of the Apostles, Royal Palm Beach, Saint Rita Catholic
Church, Wellington, Saint Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church, Wellington
Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, Boynton Beach
Prayer Service

Saturday, January 24th
         
          Saint Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach (Host) 11:00 AM
          Saint Patrick’s Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach, Christ Fellowship Church,
West Palm Beach, Christ Evangelical Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, Dunklin Memorial Church, Okeechobee, Saint John Fisher Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, Holy Name Catholic Church, West Palm Beach, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lantana, Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Jensen Beach, Saint Lucie Catholic Church, Port St. Lucie, Our Lady Queen of Peace
Catholic Church, Delray Beach

          Unity Prayer Service

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY JANUARY 18–25, 2015

 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2015

Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink."
John 4:7

2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 Theme Announced
By: Fr Thomas Orians, SA
Associate Director – Graymoor 
Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute
The 2015 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected.  For the coming year the theme finds its origins in the Gospel of John:4:1-42. The initial work on the theme for this year’s Week of Prayer material was prepared by a group of representatives from the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC). CONIC appointed a working group formed by representatives from its member churches and affiliated ecumenical organizations to arrive at the theme. The texts were then approved at a meeting held in São Paulo, Brazil of the International Committee composed of members of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting of Christian Unity.
The encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of our own. In diversity, we enrich each other. When Jesus says to her, “please give me a drink” it implies an ethical action that recognizes the need for one another in living out the Church’s mission. It compels us to change our attitude, to commit ourselves to seek unity in the midst of our diversity, through our openness to a variety of forms of prayer and Christian spirituality. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value that are present in the other, the different, and to ask God for the gift of unity.
The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson, Founder of the Society of the Atonement, to cover the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter  (January 18) and the Conversion of  St. Paul (January 25) , and therefore have a symbolic significance.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity events scheduled in the Diocese of Palm Beach


2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events

Diocese of Palm Beach

Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations

 

 

Sunday, January 12th

 

          St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Vero Beach (Host) 4:00 PM

          “Unity Prayer Service”

 

Saturday, January 18th

 

          St. Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach (Host) 11:00 AM,

          St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach, St. John Fisher Catholic           Church in West Palm Beach, Christ Evangelical Baptist Church in West Palm           Beach and Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens

          “Unity Prayer Service”

 

 

          Tropical Sands Christian Church in Palm Beach Gardens (Host) 1:00PM,

          Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Juno Beach, Over View United Methodist Church         in Juno Beach, Nativity Lutheran Church in Palm Beach Gardens, St. George’s       Episcopal Church in Riviera Beach, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palm Beach Gardens, More Than Conquerors Life Center in West Palm Beach and St. Paul        of the Cross Catholic Church in North Palm Beach

          “A Celebration of Christian Unity in Music and Ministry”

 

Monday, January 20th

 

          St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stuart (Host) 7:00 PM

          “Unity Prayer Service”

 

Tuesday, January 21st

 

     St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Boca Raton (Host) 7:00 PM,

     St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Boca Raton and The Hammock Street Church

     in Boca Raton

     “Unity Prayer Service”

 

         

     First United Methodist Church of Jupiter & Tequesta (Host) 7:00 PM,

     The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Tequesta, Church of Jesus

     Christ of Latter Day Saints of Jupiter, St. Peter Catholic Church in Jupiter and          First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta

          “Christian Unity Service”

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 Theme Announced


By: Fr Thomas Orians, SA
Associate Director – Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute

 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The 2014 theme for the week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected.  For the coming year the theme finds its origins in 1 Corinthians 1:1-17. The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter  (January 18) and the Conversion of  St. Paul (January 25) , and therefore have a symbolic significance.  The initial work on the theme for this year’s week of prayer material was prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Canada, brought together at the invitation of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. The texts were approved at a meeting of the International Committee composed of members of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting of Christian Unity. Being faithful to Christ’s desire for the unity of his disciples, has led to this year’s theme which focuses on Saint Paul’s provocative question in 1 Corinthians:“Has Christ Been Divided?”  We continue to be divided by doctrine, polity, and practice, and to maintain our own religious identity, yet our pilgrimage towards unity continues under God’s guidance.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Leader of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church to Visit Pope

VATICAN CITY, September 02, 2013 (from Zenit) - Moran Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, India, will visit Pope Francis this week.
The meeting will form part of the Catholicos' pastoral visit to orthodox faithful in Europe.
The Malankara Orthodox Church is divided into two communities: the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in full communion with the Orthodox Syrian Patriarch of Antioch, and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church led by His Holiness Moran Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, (automous orthodox Church). The Orthodox Syrian Church currently has over 2.5 million members in thirty dioceses, with more than 33 bishops and 1,700 priests.
Two important meetings took place between Pope John Paul II and the Catholicos Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Mathews I, in Rome in 1983 and in Kottayam in 1986; on the latter occasion the Mixed International Commission for Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church was established. In 1990, the common Christological Declaration was signed.
Since 1989 two parallel dialogues have taken place annually in Kerala, southern India; one with each of the two communities. These dialogues relate to questions on three main themes: the history of the Church in India, ecclesiology, and common witness.
The Catholicos Moran Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, as well as meeting with the Holy Father on Thursday, will visit the tomb of the Apostle Peter and will be received by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.