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Letter from Bishop Joseph Bambera, Chairman of Bishop’s Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, USCCB

September 10, 2018

Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

3211 FOURTH STREET NE • WASHINGTON DC 20017-1194 • 202-541-3020 • FAX 202-541-3183 EMAIL: SEIAMAIL@USCCB.ORG WWW.USCCB.ORG

Dear friends and colleagues of CADEIO,

As bishop chair of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), I write this note to you to support and encourage you during these deeply challenging days.

The Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers (CADEIO) is an important piece in communicating the ecumenical and interreligious vision of the Catholic Church. The longstanding relationship between the USCCB and CADEIO has been one of the main reasons why the ecumenical and interreligious work of the United States has been so successful. The flow of information and conversation between CADEIO and SEIA helps the Church organize her energies in implementing the greater message of the Second Vatican Council especially to those not of the Catholic family.

The Church is passing through a time of intense purification. The grave sins and omissions of the Church’s leadership have brought us to a moment that has embarrassed and weakened the Church and her mission. Reform is needed and will come. Healing will be ongoing. I cannot predict that all this will happen quickly, but I believe it will happen leaving us with a Church more conformed to the person of Jesus Christ and more faithful to Him.

In the meantime, your work continues. The ecumenical and interreligious vision of the Church remains clear and as Pope St. John Paul II wrote, is irrevocable, ecumenical activity belonging to the Church’s very essence. Amid the present upheaval, the ecumenical and interreligious stance of the Church remains unchanged. Stay confident in your work.

Ask our ecumenical and interreligious partners to remember us in prayer. Remember that the present trials also touch on the life and mission of our partners. Please recognize this in your work with our partners.

As I close this note I wish to thank Jan Skrehot, who with the CADEIO executive committee ensures the link of information and communication between yourselves and the Bishops’ Conference. Stay strong in your witness. Know that you and your work are appreciated by me as bishop chair, by Fr. Al Baca, and the Bishops’ Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Let us keep each other in fervent prayer before the Lord. Yours in Christ,

Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera Bishop of Scranton

Chairman, Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

CADEIO Information and Letter from Bishop Rozanski ~ July, 2016

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 <> and the CADEIO website  <> (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 (, Fr. Joseph Wallace, Vice-President, Fr. Phil Latronico, Secretary (, Mr. Rick Caporali, Treasurer ( In the peace of Christ, Jan

Join CADEIO for some amazing opportunities coming up later this year!

National Workshop on Christian Unity, and April 18-21, 2016

Galt House Hotel – Louisville, Kentucky 

This year, registration is online at where National and Network registration is taken care of with one online payment.  Take advantage of the early registration fee of $265 before March 28.  If you need to pay by check and send it in by regular mail, registration forms for the NWCU as well as CADEIO Fee ($100) may be downloaded from the NWCU website. Reservations still need to be made separately by calling the Galt House Hotel at 800-843-4258 or go to for online reservations.CADEIO 2016 Summer Institutes Introductory Ecumenical Leadership Institute – May 22 (Sunday evening) – May 26 (Thursday noon). Registration deadline is May 1, 2016. Online registration is available by visiting the link to the right. Advanced Ecumenical Leadership Institute – June 5 (Sunday evening) – June 9 (Thursday noon). Registration deadline is May 15, 2016. Online registration is available by visiting the link to the right. (Cancelled for 2016) Both held this year at Theological College, at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  Downloadable Registration Forms Institute for Ecumenical Leadership (Introductory Level) Advanced Institute for Ecumenical Leadership (Cancelled for 2016) Make Checks Payable: CADEIO, c/o Rick Caporali, 1009 Stafford Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Please remember to log in to our website and make sure your contact information is up to date! Thanks