I am happy to welcome you to the web pages of the Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA). As
you can see on our first page, we have a broad mandate to build
relationships with our fellow Christians and with representatives of
other major religious traditions.
As part of my welcome, let me
affirm the importance of building relationships. I was privileged to
live in Jerusalem for nine years. During those years I worked with our
fellow Christians, with the Jewish community and with our Muslim
brothers and sisters. I became even more convinced that we must invest
time in getting to know and trust one another. On this foundation, we
can engage in fruitful dialogue.
“At the Second Vatican Council, the
Catholic Church committed herself irrevocably to following the path of
the ecumenical venture….” [Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Ut Unum
Sint, #3].The BCEIA and the Secretariat support this vital commitment.
In a dozen formal dialogues and in a host of less formal conversations,
the BCEIA and the SEIA seek to fulfill this commitment. The commitment
is intrinsic to Catholic identity. We are committed to listen to and
learn from our neighbors. We hope that in God’s time we will come to
full communion with our Christian brothers and sisters. We hope that we
will come to a deeper understanding with the members of other religious
groups and together build a strong civil community.
The results of
these dialogues and conversations are available on this web site. They
will inform you of the important progress of our work over the last
I pray that you too will hear the call to building relationships of love and peace with colleagues where you live.
Yours in Christ,
M. Rev. Denis Madden