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: www.cadeio.org or www.nwcu.org

• 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 www.nwcu.org. 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 skrehotj@stthom.edu.

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:
jwallace@notredamedelamer.org. 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: rcaporali@stbernpar.org.

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 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


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,  


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