The Office’s work has three dimensions:
Information: The Office provides ongoing updates and education to the members of the Paulist Community, to diocesan ecumenical and interreligious officers in the U.S. and Canada, and to anyone interested in the work for Christian unity and interreligious collaboration. The quarterly online newsletter Koinonia serves as a motivating agent for constructive and creative initiatives on the part of Paulist ministry centers in their local context.
Representation: The director of the Office assures that the Paulist community actively participates in regional, national and international ecumenical and interreligious conferences, and that there is a Paulist presence and voice at events such as the National Workshop on Christian Unity, the North American Academy of Ecumenists, Religions for Peace USA, and the Parliament of World Religions. The director presently participates in dialogues including the Mid-Atlantic and National Catholic-Muslim Dialogue, as well as the Hindu-Christian and Buddhist-Catholic Dialogues.
Action:The Office engages in direct promotion of Christian unity and interfaith understanding through ecumenical and interfaith retreats; the publication of books and articles; preaching; talks, seminars and workshops for clergy and laity; networking with other related individuals and organizations; and through Gospel Call, a four-day faith renewal event bringing Christians together for worship, community and mission.
Paulist Fr. Ronald G. Roberson serves at the USCCB Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
Paulist Fr. Tom Ryan directs the Paulist Fathers Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.
Paulist Fr. Tom Ryan: "The real crux for the ecumenical movement is to deepen the experience of unity on the local level."
Parish program brings together people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds for dinner and dialogue.
Thomas Best reflects on a recent exhibition in Berlin exploring the roots and results of the Reformation.
John Power shares reflections and photos from his ecumenical pilgrimage to key sites in Martin Luther's Germany.
Armstrong explores an initiate seeking unity at “grass-roots” level.
Christ prayed that his followers would be one, but the global church is deeply divided.
The time has come for the restoration of Christian unity in accord with the gospel.