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Registration opens for the National Workshop on Christian Unity

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

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

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.

SAVE THE DATE

PRELIMINARY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (scroll to April)

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

RESERVATIONS ST. LOUIS HILTON @ THE BALLPARK, ST. LOUIS
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.

Local Transportation will become available in the coming weeks.


2019 Fitzgerald Award Nominations

2019 FITZGERALD AWARD NOMINATION FORM

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 rcaporali@stbernpar.org, 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

OR

Email:  rbflan@clearwave.com

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,  

Bob

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

Cover Letter
Nomination Form
Past Fitzgerald Award Recipients

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