Notice of Upcoming CADEIO Deadlines, NWCU Registration, & Dates for the Centro Pro Unione Summer Study & the July 23-27, 2018 CADEIO Introductory Ecumenical Leadership Institute

Greetings CADEIO members!  I hope your Lenten journey is one filled with opportunities of purification and grace as you journey toward Easter and the joy of encountering the Risen Christ!

I am writing to remind you of upcoming CADEIO report deadlines, NWCU Priority/Group Rate Hotel Registration, and dates for the Centro Pro Unione Summer Study & the July 23-27, 2018 CADEIO  Introductory Ecumenical Leadership Institute.  I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities for formation.  Click this link to access information about all deadlines and events.

Thank you for all you do in service to God and the Church.

In the peace of Christ,  Jan

CADEIO Newsletter Now Available

Good afternoon CADEIO Members,

Please find below our most recent issue of CADEIO News! CADEIO News, December 2017 

The invitation remains open to help edit CADEIO’s on-line newsletter, please send content — e.g local and regional events, publications, publication notices, requests for information, etc and e-mail addresses (if different from yours) — to Jim Gardiner at We would like to share the good works and involvement that each of you are engaged.

We are looking for content for the first quarter newsletter, Please provide your submissions no later than February 28 for our first quarter publication – pictures are welcome.

Announcing the 2018 National Workshop for Christian Unity in Silver Spring, Maryland. Registration is now open, please check out the Save the Date flyer for more information. Visit for hotel information and planned events and speakers.

2018 NWCU Save the Date

Please note CADEIO Monday and Thursday schedule when making travel and hotel arrangements.

Mon, April 16, 2018

8:30am – 11:30am – CADEIO Board of Directors Meeting (All Regional Reps, Liaisons, Committee Chairs, Coordinators, Past Presidents and Executive Committee) @ Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel

12:05pm – Mass @ St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church – (All CADEIO members invited)

(Lunch on own)

2:30pm – 3:30pm – CADEIO Opening Session with Bishop Joseph Bambera, Chair, USCCB-SEIA, and Regional Meeting (All CADEIO members) @ Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel

3:30pm – 4:30pm – CADEIO General Assembly (All CADEIO members – moved from Wednesday afternoon) @ Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel

Thurs, April 19, 2018

12:00pm – 1:30pm – CADEIO Board of Directors Meeting (All Regional Reps, Liaisons, Committee Chairs, Coordinators, Past Presidents and Executive Committee) @ Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel



In gratitude to God…

2017 – The year of natural disasters beyond compare; ruthless, senseless mass shootings; political disharmony; racial acts of violence…the list goes on.  At first thought, many of us might wish to wipe 2017 from the compendium of time as if it never happened.

Yet, pausing, taking a step back and reflecting upon all that humanity has experienced this year reveals to the world ever more so the beauty of the Incarnation – the Word Made Flesh, Christ among us!  Through his life, death, and resurrection, not only did Jesus fulfill his mission of restoring humanity’s relationship with God, offering salvation for all, he modeled for each of us the way of surrender, of trust, of endurance and perseverance, of never giving up on God’s divine providence and will in all things.  On the night before he was betrayed, he cried out to his Father in anticipation of his passion, and then he ultimately surrendered as he prayed “not my will, but yours be done.”  (Luke 22:42) He trusted that no matter how hard, how painful the events to follow might be, his Father would hold him and keep him in his care.  He endured the brutality that was inflicted upon him, and he finally saw his time on earth come to an end, persevering until death on the cross.

In all that humanity has endured in 2017 it would be so easy to lose hope, to give up and give in to despair if we remain at the cross and do not believe in the Resurrection.  Light follows darkness and hope remains strong when we encounter the Risen Lord in all aspects of life! In and through Christ, we can and will persevere, and this has been revealed time and again this year through the many caring people who have been the hands and feet of Christ, bringing help and hope to those in need.

After the rains of Hurricane Harvey stopped, one of the first questions asked of others was, “Did your house flood?”  Many whose homes did not flood quickly replied, “No, I was blessed!”  For those who did flood, hearing this response brought painful expressions to their faces, and their minds might have questioned, “Am I not blessed because I did flood?”

“To be blessed” can be understood in different ways, and for many people being blessed might mean being without hardships.  But for those who have hardships, how do they know and understand blessing?  Turning to the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), we hear Christ’s words of blessing speak in seemingly paradoxical ways…

            “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…

            Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted…

            Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy…”

What may seem a paradox, in actuality, is the rootedness of “blessing” for us – a divine and life-giving action, which finds its source in the Father as we praise God in all things with hearts surrendered to Him in gratitude.  (CCC1078)

Some of us may have faced hardships beyond words this year; others of us may have been spared personal hardships while given the opportunity to respond to others in need with hearts of compassion and mercy.  Regardless of what each of us experienced in 2017, may we realize our blessings, and may we offer hearts of gratitude in praise and surrender to our God this Thanksgiving, and throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons and beyond!

In the peace of Christ,

Jan Skrehot