Dear CADEIO members,
Writing to you as your new president I wish to extend my best wishes for an enjoyable summer as well as offer gratitude for the work you do in advancing us along the ecumenical and interreligious missionary paths of the Church. I am especially grateful to Fr. Don Rooney, my predecessor, and Fr. John Crossin, OSFS, Executive Director of SEIA-USCCB, for the tremendous work they have accomplished together over the past five years. In addition to strengthening the relationship between CADEIO and SEIA, their accomplishments include the production and presentation of solid theological formation and web-based opportunities for use in developing ecumenical leaders in the local churches. These resources may be found on the SEIA-USCCB webpage <http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/ecumenical-and-interreligious/index.cfm> and the CADEIO website <http://cadeio.org/blog/category/resources/> (extend the Resource Menu Tab for more options).
Two priorities CADEIO-SEIA will continue to develop are formation and involvement of deacons and the laity in the work of ecumenism and interreligious relations. With this in mind, I would appreciate receiving from you a brief summary of the work currently being done in these two areas in your local churches. Also appreciated would be suggestions of how CADEIO may help you in your work. Below you will find information on two annual events and an unprecedented gathering being held in 2017 which I encourage you to consider attending:
*The CADEIO-SEIA Advanced Ecumenical Summer Institute will be offered in 2017 – date and location to be determined. Thanks to the leadership of Msgr. John Radano, Fr. Ron Roberson, CSP, Fr. John Crossin, OSFS, Fr. Don Rooney, and Dr. Michael Root, the CADEIO-SEIA Introductory Ecumenical Summer Institute was held at Theological College in Washington, D.C. May 22-26, 2016.
*The 2017 National Workshop on Christian Unity: 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, will be held May 1-4, 2017, at the Hilton Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN.
*The Joy of the Gospel in America: A National Convocation of Catholic Leaders, will be held July 1-4, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Hosted by the USCCB, this unprecedented gathering will include key diocesan leaders and Catholic organizations from across the country who will come together to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, Chair, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, extends his personal invitation and encouragement to consider participating in this convocation. His letter of invitation is posted for download to the right, along with the Convocation Save the Date Memo. It is our hope that you will plan to attend the convocation.
On behalf of the CADEIO Executive Committee, I thank you for your Spirit-filled enthusiasm and commitment to the work of Christian unity and building interreligious relations. Each member of the Executive Committee is here to serve, and we look forward to hearing from you. Ms. Jan Skrehot, MDiv, President (firstname.lastname@example.org), Fr. Joseph Wallace, Vice-President email@example.com), Fr. Phil Latronico, Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mr. Rick Caporali, Treasurer (email@example.com) In the peace of Christ, Jan