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.

NWCU Workshop Details and CADEIO / SEIA Survey

Dear CADEIO members and associates,

Thank you to those who registered for the April 1-4 NWCU; we look forward to seeing you.  For those not attending, know that we will miss being with you.

In preparation for the April 1-4, 2019 National Workshop on Christian Unity and the annual CADEIO General Assembly meeting I am writing to provide you with

  • a link to a survey for ALL CADEIO members and associates to complete.  Conducted as a joint effort between CADEIO and the USCCB-SEIA, the feedback from this survey will help identify ways in which we may serve you better.  Please complete the survey by Friday, March 29.  It will only take a few minutes to do so!

On behalf of CADEIO’s executive committee, I would like to thank you for your work and support of CADEIO and SEIA as we journey together toward Christian unity and the common good of all humanity.

In the peace of Christ,


Jan Skrehot, MDiv

President, CADEIO

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