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Rationale for ecumenical endeavours

Vatican Council II, Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis redintegratio (1964)

Pope John Paul II, Encyclical, Ut unum sint (1995)

Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism (1993)

Ecumenical Snippets– Extracts from the above documents or papal writings Download PDF160.88 KB

Pope Francis and Ecumenism

Importance of personal encounter

Sometimes the telling of a personal story inspires us to action. Here, people strongly committed to ecumenism tell their story

Elizabeth Harrington pdfDownload100.04 KB

Sr Elizabeth Vagg pdfDownload312.11 KB

Parish ecumenical initiatives

It is important to recognise that Ecumenism is not an independent dimension of parish life, something to be added on to an already packed program of parish activities. Ideally, Ecumenism should be seen as an attitude, a way of approaching all the other aspects of pastoral planning. The Lund Principle (1952 WCC Faith & Order Conference) states that “churches should act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately."

What follows are some practical strategies which have been used by parishes to implement their ordinary community activities (e.g. adult faith education) from an ecumenical perspective.

Not Just Doing Ecumenical Things … but Doing Things Ecumenically – Stories from Brisbane