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placeholder May 20, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 10   •   Oakland, CA
Ecumenical leaders encouraged
by Archbishop Brunett at meeting

Leaders of various Christian communities and other religions met with Archbishop Alex J. Brunett after a tour of the Cathedral of Christ the Light on April 10.

Archbishop Brunett was introduced to the leaders, after which he went about the room asking each of them to introduce himself or herself to him, and how was he or she involved in each humanism or/and interreligious affairs.

In his talk, the archbishop stated emphatically that neither ecumenical nor interreligious relations had stopped. He recalled his involvement in leading the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers (NADEO) when it was still a neophyte group. Now, years later, the organization's name is the Catholic Association of Interreligious and Ecumenical Officers (CADIEO). The organization's name change reflects the church's relational concern in other religions as well as with other Christians. Archbishop Brunett discussed his participation in dialogues with members of other churches, and with other religions. He asked that we continue this essential journey for the sake of solidarity and world peace.

Among the questions put forth after the talk were: how can the results of interreligious dialogues get to the people in the pews? How can ecumenism and interreligious work be better known?

The cathedral tour was led by Czeslaw Jan Grycz.

Members of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission of the Diocese of Oakland include: Sister Marianne Farina, SCS; Rev. Thomas P. BonaccI, CP; John Giuntoli; Robert Mahoney; Gustavo Nystrom; Scott Miyashiro; and Deacon Thomas McGowan.

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