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The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, interview with Father James Loughran, Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII)

On Friday the 23rd, Radio Maria NY hosted a special program on the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Since 1898, traditionally observed in the northern hemisphere from the 18th to the 25th of January and formerly known as the Octave of Christian Unity, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity involves ‎Christian communities and Churches across the world, including the Catholic ‎Church.

Launched over a century ago by Fr. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863 – 1940) founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement at Graymoor, Garrison, NY, since its inception the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity fostered reconciliation and healing through atonement — the unity of men and women with God and with one another. Fr. Paul was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1886. In 1908, he initiated the Church Unity Octave believing that a time set aside for prayer and seminars would hasten Christian unity. An advocate of corporate reunion between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, he finally embraced Roman Catholicism. In 1909, the Society of the Atonement became the first religious community of Christians to be received corporately into the Roman Catholic Church since the Reformation. Fr. Paul was ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop John M. Farley in 1910.

(More on the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), at: http://atonementfriars.org and http://geii.org/week_of_prayer_for_christian_unity/)

“Since 1968, the resource material for reflection, prayer and celebration on a ‎chosen theme for the Week of Prayer for Christain Unity is jointly issued by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting ‎Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC).  This year the theme was: “Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink“, taken from the ‎episode of the Samaritan woman at the well, in John’s Gospel.”

In his recent meeting with the men and women religious, the Pope spoke extensively about ecumenism suggesting the three main ingredients for a fruitful dialogue:

The Pope spoke of three conditions at the core of the search for Christian unity – firstly, there’s no unity without conversion of heart, which includes forgiving and asking for forgiveness. Secondly he said there is no unity without prayer and therefore men and women religious who pray for unity are like ‘an invisible monastery’ bringing together Christians of different denominations from different countries around the world.Thirdly, the Pope said, there is no unity without holiness of daily life. so the more we put our search for unity into practise in our relations with others, the more we will be modelling our lives on the message of the Gospel.

(Read full article: Pope concluding Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at: http://www.news.va

More insights available:Pope Francis: Religious who pray for Christian unity an “invisible monastery”at http://www.news.va

Resource material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 is available at: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/

loughran_picOur host of the day was Fr. James Loughran, S.A., Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement headquartered at Graymoor, New York. Today, this Roman Catholic religious community continue working and ministering to people of every race, religion, and walk of life in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Japan.

January 8, 2015 – Anne Hendershott

Ken talks with Dr. Anne Hendershott about “Renewal: How a New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops is Revitalizing the Catholic Church” (Encounter Books) In the wake of the clergy abuse scandal of the last decade, many media commentators predicted the “end” of the Catholic priesthood. Demands for an end to celibacy, coupled with calls for women’s ordination, dominated discussions on the effectiveness of the Catholic Church in America. “Renewal” argues that the aging generation of progressives that continues to lobby Church leaders to change Catholic teachings on reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, and women’s ordination is being replaced by younger men and women who are attracted to the Church because of the very timelessness of its teachings. Anne’s book is available at: www.encounterbooks.com To learn more about Anne visit: http://www.franciscan.edu

October 21, 2014 – Catholic Marriage (Part 2)

Joe continued his theme this week and rounded out his discussion highlighting Catholic Teaching and the detailed nature, beauty and glory of a Catholic Marriage.

Catholic Kaleidoscope Beginning Oct. 19

Alyssa BormesRadio Maria will introduce a new program on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Catholic Kaleidoscope, hosted by Alyssa Bormes, will be airing at 1:00 p.m. Central/2:00 p.m. Eastern. Alyssa holds a Master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She is the author of The Catechism of Hockey, in which she uses the metaphor of hockey and sports devotion to explain the responsibility of Catholic parents to raise their children in the teachings of the Church. Currently, she is the Assistant to the President of The American Chesterton Society. In her spare time, she is a popular speaker and retreat leader on a range of Catholic topics, and is known for her gift of igniting a newfound sense of wonder in the church using storytelling, humor and analogy. Alyssa truly has a “kaleidoscope” of gifts to offer our Radio Maria listeners.
You will be able to find archives of the program at: http://radiomaria.us/catholickaleidoscope/

June 03, 2014

In keeping with the Easter Season, Matthew examines the Catholic Church’s beliefs and practices regarding the reception of Holy Communion.

April 24, 2014 – David Pierre, Jr.

Ken talks with David Pierre author of Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church, and Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories. Dave Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the media’s coverage of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. Yes, Catholic priests terribly abused minors, and bishops failed to stop the unspeakable harm. That is an undeniable truth. Nothing justifies such an evil. However, major media outlets are unfairly attacking the Catholic Church, and these two compelling books have the shocking evidence to prove it. Double Standard provides background and Catholic Priests Falsely Accused has more specific stories. Both are excellent. David’s books are available on Amazon, and Kindle versions are available for only $3. Visit his website: www.TheMediaReport.com

July 09, 2013

Who makes up “the faithful”? Matthew unpacks Catholic teaching on the authentic role of the laity in the Church today.

May 2, 2013 – Matthew Leonard

Ken’s guest is Matthew Leonard author of Louder than Words – The Art of Living as a Catholic (published by Our Sunday Visitor). Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints triumphs and struggles along with his own personal anecdotes and wry humor to show us all a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world. Visit Matthew Leonard‘s website : www.matthewsleonard.com His book is available at: www.osv.com

March 25, 2013 – Mrs. Aileen Blachowski, Endow Facilitator

Host Kathleen dialogues with Aileen Blachowski on “Endow: Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women”. Aileen shares how her vocation as wife and mother (of six children) is profoundly blessed by “Endow Groups” where women discover their God-given dignity and grow to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society through the service of love. They discuss the synergy between “Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women” and “Endow Groups”, both of which enjoy widespread ecclesial support of bishops and priests in over 90 dioceses.

February 6, 2013 – Leaving for College without Leaving Your Faith (Marcel LeJeune)

In college, young adults will embark on a life-transforming experience and will face academic, emotional, and spiritual challenges. They will ask difficult questions and pursue meaningful answers. Their faith will be tested as they seek the path God has destined for their lives. In this episode, Deacon Harold and campus minister Marcel LeJeune will review many of the issues that cause young Catholics to reject the faith in college—and give them proven strategies for meeting those challenges, while growing closer to God in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

January 30, 2013 – Vocation Boom! (Jerry Usher)

October 13, 2012 – Emancipation At Last

Four important years:
1) 1829: Catholic Emancipation–Catholics at last able to vote, worship freely,
2) 1845: John Henry Newman becomes a Catholic–harbinger of wave of Oxford Movement converts
3) 1850: Restoration of the Hierarchy–Catholic revival (churches, schools, convents, monasteries–infrastructure)
4) 1870: Papal Infallibility and Catholic Loyalty–John Henry Newman and Conscience

September 4, 2012 – Kevin Lowry

Our Guest on the Quest this week is Kevin Lowry, the Chief Operating Officer for “The Coming Home Network International”, an organization that assists non-Catholic ministers in their journey into the Catholic Church. Kevin is a “grateful convert”, married to Kathi, and the father of their 8 children. He has recently published his first book, Faith at Work, Finding Purpose beyond the Paycheck, based on his experiences as a successful businessman, employer, and employee.