Registration opens for the National Workshop on Christian Unity


2019 National Workshop on Christian Unity
comes to St. Louis, MO April 1-4, 2019

until Monday 11 March. Take advantage of the group rates at the Hilton at the Ballpark, also extended until Monday, March 11.

The upcoming workshop includes a rich program of plenaries and seminars, a banquet, off-site tours, and opportunities to join together in prayer. The theologian in residence will be Brother Emile from the Taizé Community in France. He will lead us in daily prayer, reflections and study throughout our time together. Please check back with us as we finalize our Plenary and Seminar Speakers.

The National Workshop on Christian Unity has advanced unity and reconciliation among various Christian communities for more than 50 years. The Workshop continues to be the only gathering of its kind at a national level in the world. The annual event brings together ecumenical representatives, ecumenists, and interested members from all churches who share one faith, one baptism in Jesus Christ.

Please review the CADEIO Schedule for the week prior to making travel arrangements.




Hotel accommodations are being provided by the St. Louis Hilton Hotel at the Ballpark in downtown St. Louis. Reservations can be made by phone, 314-421-1776. Please mention 2019 NWCU Annual Conference to receive the group rate of $ 165.00 (does not include tax). Reservations can also be made on-line by visiting Reservations. The deadline for the group rate is 7 March.   MARCH 11


Upcoming National Workshop and CADEIO Deadlines

Dear CADEIO Members,

Greetings! I am writing to remind you of several things:

• National Workshop on Christian Unity which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 1-4, 2019. Hotel group rates and early bird registration fees are available until March 7.
NWCU Registration links: or

• CADEIO Schedule during the NWCU
• Reports
• CADEIO Officers Elections
CADEIO 2018 Directory attached for your convenience

NWCU Schedule:
You may view the complete NWCU schedule (April 1- 4,2019) at Spiritual ecumenism, Beloved Community: Gaudete et Exultate, and dialogue are common themes woven throughout this year’s workshop. I am excited to say we have wonderful Catholic representation in the plenary, seminars, and network sessions.

CADEIO Schedule during the NWCU: (View Schedule Here)
Several major changes to note for this year’s schedule listed below and attached to this email:

1. There are no denominational liturgies scheduled at the hotel during the workshop. Bro. Emile from Taizé will be present the entire workshop, and he will lead prayer and worship services in common for all to participate in together. The Old Cathedral Basilica is a five-minute walk, and daily Mass is held at 7:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.

2. Monday morning is the CADEIO Board of Directors meeting, followed by 12:10 pm regularly scheduled Mass at The Old Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. All CADEIO members are invited to attend Mass. The Monday afternoon’s CADEIO session will be a facilitated discussion to talk about the significance of CADEIO’s work in the Church with time spent 1) identifying ways to build stronger networks and engage young adults in ecumenism; 2) assessing current ecumenical formation opportunities and ways these might be shared through CADEIO; and 3) discuss any other concerns raised by members. Fr. Erich Rutten will facilitate this discussion. CADEIO Regional meetings will be held following the open discussion.

3. Thursday morning from 8:30 am – 9:30 am is when the CADEIO General Assembly will be held. This is the time allotted for network business meetings, which in the past, were held on Wednesday afternoons, and in 2018 on Monday afternoon. 2019 is CADEIO’s election year for officers and will take place at this meeting. The CADEIO General Assembly meeting is also the time when reports are given and the Fitzgerald Award is presented.

Reports Due March 4, 2019:
Regional Representatives, Committee Chairs, Program Budgets and Liaison Reports are due by March 4, 2019. Please email these to me at

This year is an election year for president and vice-president; secretary and treasurer do not have term limits, so the current secretary and treasurer may remain in office if no nominations are received for either of these positions. Please submit nominations to Rev. Joe Wallace: Dues must be paid in order to vote.

CADEIO dues letters were recently mailed to ecumenical officers. If you have not received yours please contact Rick Caporali:

Full Membership Dues Statement
Associate Membership Dues Statement

Thank you for all you do in service of God and His church, the body of Christ.

In gratitude,


2019 Fitzgerald Award Nominations


Diocese of Belleville, Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Greetings in the Lord Jesus,

I trust this letter finds you well as we all are now being our Season of Ordinary Time!

At this time, as the chair of one of our CADEIO Standing Committees, I am pleased to receive nominations for the prestigious Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers’ James Fitzgerald Award.  This annual Award will be presented this year at the CADEIO General Assembly Meeting during the National Workshop for Christian Unity in Saint Louis, Missouri during the week of April 1 to 4, 2019.

As you know, The Fitzgerald Award is given “…for outstanding contribution and service in the work of Christian unity (and interreligious cooperation) to either a person or an organization, honoring the national, international or regional impact of the recipient and his/her work….”  All nominations and all endorsements are to be made by full, dues-paid members of CADEIO.  If your 2019 dues are not yet in order, or if they are in question, please contact Mr. Rick Caporali at, statements will be mailed February 1.  A nomination form is attached to this email.  Please return your nominations to me by surface mail or e-mail, including all supporting materials and an endorser as your second, to arrive no later than Friday, February 22nd and sent to:

Fr. Bob Flannery
CADEIO Fitzgerald Award
303 South Poplar Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-2709



Thank you for your participation.  If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact me 618.303.7412.  Once all the proper nominations have been received, the Board of Directors of CADEIO will vote on the candidates using a weighted vote. 

God’s peace,  


Fr. Bob Flannery
Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer
Diocese of Belleville
CADEIO Fitzgerald Award Chair

Cover Letter
Nomination Form
Past Fitzgerald Award Recipients