Greetings to All:

 

Now that the Easter celebrations are past we can turn back a bit to the National Workshop on Christian Unity which took place the Third Week of Lent.  

I’m familiar with many of you having served as president of CADEIO from 2010-2016, and was re-elected at the recent NWCU.  I very much look forward to our work together in this next term, establishing/re-establishing relationships and sharing the mission of unity and understanding.

But first, we are introducing flocknote as a mode of CADEIO communications in the hopes of staying in better contact with each other.  You have received an invitation to join by email.

Please respond, set up your password and you will enter the dialogue.
Flocknote is also grouped according to region, so you will be able to contact directly all those who are in your region, especially your region rep to CADEIO.

Don Rooney

President of U.S. Bishops’ Statement on the Synagogue Shooting in Poway, California

April 28, 2019

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement on the deadly shooting that has taken place at Chabad of Poway Synagogue near San Diego.  

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:

“I, along with my brother bishops, am greatly saddened and deeply concerned over the news that another house of worship has been subjected to violence.  This assault, which occurred on the last day of Passover, is the second shooting in a U.S. synagogue within six months.  Our country should be better than this; our world should be beyond such acts of hatred and anti-Semitism. This attack joins an all too long list of attacks against innocent people, people of all faiths, who only want to gather and to pray. It is a contradiction, a perverting of their teachings to believe that Christianity, Judaism, or Islam would condone such violence.  Unfortunately, both in the past and today, too many preach such hatred in the name of God. This cannot be abided; it must end.   

Our prayers today are for the victims of this shooting, and for the Jewish community of Poway, California, placing our trust and our hope in ‘the Lord [who] is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those whose spirit is crushed’” (Ps 34:19).    

Rev. Walter Kedjierski Named as Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

April 24, 2019 

WASHINGTON— Rev. Walter Kedjierski of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York has been appointed as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), based in Washington D.C.

Fr. Kedjierski will begin the new position effective June 3, 2019. Msgr. Brian Bransfield, USCCB General Secretary, made the appointment.

“Fr. Kedjierski brings to the Conference an abundance of knowledge and experience in the realm of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, both at the institutional and the personal levels,” said Msgr. Bransfield. “I am very grateful to Fr. Kedjierski for accepting this important position in service to the bishops and to the Conference.  I am equally grateful to the Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Rockville Centre, for his kind consideration of the needs of the Conference and the Church in the United States.”

Since June 2017, Fr. Kedjierski has served as Rector/President of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York, where he first served as Vice Rector and Director of Diaconate Formation, as well as Director of the Sacred Heart Institute for the Continuing Formation of Clergy.  Father Kedjierski is also the Director of the Diocese’s Office of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs, where he served from 2007 to 2010 as Associate Ecumenical officer in charge of Relations with Muslims and Other Religious groups, and in which role he is a member of the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO), the Long Island Council of Churches, and the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum.  Father Kedjierski was a member of the board of trustees of the Inter-Faith Center of the Islamic Center of Long Island, in Westbury, NY, for three years.  He has participated in sessions of the USCCB’s dialogue with the Orthodox Union of Rabbis in New York and facilitated numerous ecumenical and inter-religious dialogues, the latest being a dialogue on non-violence this past fall with Indian Hindu scholar Swami Nikhileswarananda.

Fr. Kedjierski attended the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, graduating with a Master of Divinity in May of 2002. After his ordination to the priesthood on June 8, 2002, he served in parish ministry until June 2016. In May 2011 he earned an Ed.D. in Inter-faith and Ecumenical Education from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Mishawaka, Indiana, and in August 2016, he earned his Ph.D. in Dogmatic/Spiritual Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation’s Foundation House at Oxford University Program.

Fr. Kedjierski has additionally published several articles on theological and ecumenical topics in journals such as Homiletic and Pastoral Review and the Princeton Theological Review.