Evangelical-Roman Catholic Common Statement of Faith

After three years of dialogue, the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue in Saskatoon has produced a statement of our shred faith. The text is intended for study over the next months in preparation for a decision to affirm the text next spring.

Download and read the Common Statement of Faith

Join one of the three study sessions on Oct 16, Dec 4, or Feb 5.

The Joy of the Gospel
An Ecumenical Journey

1 session remains: Dec 13 at Queen's House, Saskatoon.

The Joy of the Gospel, an apostolic letter recently written by Pope Francis is packed with refreshing insights, Gospel-driven challenges and golden threads of meaning. His words have a tremendous relevance in today’s world particularly for all Christians. Join us on these Saturdays as we unpack this treasure from Pope Francis within an ecumenical community of presenters and participants. Come for one or for all days. Led by Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers. Cost: $55/day or $195/four days.

Living With Dignity

A public seminar on end of life care that looks directly at the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, during this very crucial time in our history. Living with Dignity, Wednesday, November 26, is sponsored by the Christian Medical & Dental Society and the RC Diocese of Saskatoon.

Guest speaker Dr. Margaret Cottle is a clinical instructor at UBC, a palliative physician and a member of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. She will be joined by Larry Worthen of Dartmouth Nova Scotia who is the acting director of the Canadian Medical and Dental Society.

This public event will take place at the Cathedral of the Holy Family from 7-9 pm, at no cost, aimed at informing and equipping participants.

Please note that a separate event for Christian leadership will be held on November 28th. To register for the Nov 28 Leadership event, email Myron Rogal at vocations@saskatoonrcdiocese.com.

Making your Case
Environmental Action as Christian Action

Churches for Environmental Action, in partnership with the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, presents a one day workshop entitled “Making your Case: Environmental Action as Christian Action.” Speakers will be Jim Harding and Bishop Don Bolen.

The event will take place at Resurrection Lutheran Church (310 Lenore Drive, Saskatoon) on Saturday, December 6th from 9:30am-3:30pm. Lunch by donation.

Interfaith Conversation on Climate Change



Join us for a conversation about ways in which action on Climate Change can be ground in and fuelled by various religious perspectives. Hear people from a diversity of faiths speak about how their work in this area is rooted in their spiritual lives, and how their religious tradition equips them with unique tools to work for a better planet and a better future.

Monday, December 8th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm), Albert Community Centre Loft, 610 Clarence Avenue S at 12th Street, Saskatoon

Speakers panel will include: Paul Hanley, JoAnn Jaffe, Cam Harder, and Randy Morin and will be followed by open discussion, questions, and responses.

This forum is a continuation of the series "Religion in the Public Sphere" begun in Dec 2013.

The Holy Spirit and the Environmental Crisis
St. Andrew's Winter Refresher



In a time of environmental crisis, how is the Holy Spirit present and at work in the world and how is it calling and empowering us to action?

Those are some of the questions to be explored with the help of Mark Wallace, a theologian who connects Christian faith to the environmental crisis, during St. Andrew's College's Winter Refresher 2015 being held March 5-7.

For more information and a list of workshops download the Winter Refresher brochure and poster.

Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity

Taizé Prayer originated in the ecumenical monastery of Taizé in France. Come to experience a simple form of meditative prayer with Taizé music, Scripture reading, and a time of silence in a candle-lit atmosphere.


Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity will be held:

1st Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family [September to June only]

2nd Tuesday of each month from 8-9 pm in the Chapel at Queen's House of Retreats



See more Ecumenical and Interreligious events in our calendar Voir plus d'événements œcuméniques ou interreligieux dans notre calendrier


Catholics and Muslims, working together to serve others

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November 13, 201413 novembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

[VIS] The third seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum was held in Rome from 11 to 13 November, on the theme “Working Together to Serve Others”. Three specific issues were considered: working together to serve young people, enhancing interreligious dialogue, and service to society.

The Catholic delegation was headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, co-ordinator of the Muslim side, was unable to attend the event for health reasons. The assembled participants sent him a message expressing their good wishes. The Muslim delegation was therefore headed by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

The delegates acknowledged many examples across the world of active Catholic-Muslim collaboration in educational, charitable, and relief efforts. After the presentations of the papers and the discussions, which ensued in a cordial and fraternal atmosphere, the participants agreed on the following points:

1. The delegates recognised that their gathering took place in a time of severe tension and conflict in the world, underlining the vital importance of enhanced service and mutual cooperation. In this context the delegates unanimously condemned acts of terrorism, oppression, violence against innocent persons, persecution, desecration of sacred places, and the destruction of cultural heritage. It is never acceptable to use religion to justify such acts or to conflate such acts with religion.

2. The education of young people, be it in the family, school, university, church or mosque, is of the utmost importance for the promotion of a well-rounded identity which builds respect for others. To this end, school curricula and textbooks should portray an objective and respectful image of the other.

3. The participants affirmed the importance of the culture of interreligious dialogue for deepening mutual understanding. This is required to overcome prejudice, distortions, suspicions, and inappropriate generalisations, all of which damage the peaceful relationships we all seek.

4. It was felt that dialogue should lead to action, particularly among young people. The participants encouraged Christians and Muslims to multiply opportunities for encounter and cooperation on joint projects for the common good.

On Wednesday, 12 November, Pope Francis received the participants in audience, encouraging them to persevere on the path of Christian-Muslim dialogue, and he expressed his approval of their shared commitment to the selfless service of society.

Finally, the delegates expressed their satisfaction at this fruitful encounter and their hopes for the next meeting of the Forum.

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Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan to act as interim Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

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October 28, 201428 octobre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Alyson Barnett-Cowan said she is 'happy to fill in to bridge the gap while the search process is going on'. Photo: LWF/Maximilian HaasThe Rt Revd James Tengatenga and Mrs Elizabeth Paver, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee, Anglican Communion, have appointed the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan as Interim Secretary General. Canon Barnett-Cowan, who will retire at the end of January as Director for Unity Faith and Order, has agreed to be a half-time consultant for the position until the position of Secretary General has been filled. She will be based at her home in Canada but will work at the Anglican Communion Office for some days each month. Canon Kenneth Kearon, the present Secretary General, will leave the post at the end of December as he has been elected Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in the Church of Ireland. His consecration date is January 24. … Read more » … À suivre »

History made, as Anglicans, Oriental Orthodox agree on Christ’s incarnation

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October 27, 201427 octobre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

The Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission meeting at St Mark's Center, Cairo, Egypt from 13-17 October, 2014Senior theologians in Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox Churches recently made history by signing an agreement on their mutual understanding of Christ’s incarnation. This was not just a minor point of theology, rather it was a subject that divided the Church following the Council of Chalcedon* in 451 AD, leaving the Oriental Orthodox Churches separated from the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Church of Rome. The work to reconcile these branches of the Christian family on the question of how the two natures, human and divine, were united in one human being: Jesus Christ began in earnest in the 1990s. … Read more » … À suivre »

Anglican, Lutheran delegates say synod’s concerns are theirs, too

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October 16, 201416 octobre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops.

Anglican Bishop Paul Butler of Durham, England, and “fraternal delegates” from seven other Christian communities addressed the synod Oct. 10. Bishop Butler also spoke to Vatican Radio Oct. 15 as synod members worked in small groups to amend the assembly’s midterm report.

He told members of the synod that he and his wife have been married 32 years and have four grown children. Although Anglicans have married bishops and clergy, “like you,” he told them, Anglicans “are wrestling with how best to respond” to the challenges facing family life around the world.

“As part of this response,” he said, “we want to speak more of the promise of and hope from the family than focus on the threats,” while also making it clear that “marriage is between a man and a woman and is intended to be for life.” … Read more » … À suivre »

Catholics and Anglicans celebrate new Canadian saints together

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October 14, 201414 octobre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec at the conclusion of an Oct. 12 Mass of thanksgiving for the April canonization of two 17th-century Canadian saints. Photo: CNS/Paul HaringOn the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian saints: St. François de Laval and St. Marie de l’Incarnation. The two were made saints in April when Pope Francis set aside the normal process. The two were significant in spreading Catholicism in New France, both among the French settlers and the indigenous peoples. Laval (1623-1708) was the first bishop of Québec. Marie de l’Incarnation (1599-1672), an Ursuline sister, was responsible for establishing the first schools in the fledgling colony at Québec and for extending education to girls and natives. Pope Francis has described the new saints as models of spreading the faith. “Missionaries have gone out to call everyone, in the highways and byways of the world,” Francis said in his homily. “In this way they have done immense good for the Church, for once the Church stops moving, once she becomes closed in on herself, she falls ill, she can be corrupted, whether by sins or by that false knowledge cut off from God which is worldly secularism.” … Read more » … À suivre »

Canadian ecumenist heads to Anglican Communion

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October 10, 201410 octobre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Canon John Gibaut (left), pictured here with Pope Francis, is well-known in ecumenical circles. Photo: John Gibaut/ACNSThe Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut has been appointed to succeed the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan in March as Director for Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion. Canon Gibaut is currently the Director of the World Council of ChurchesCommission on Faith and Order based in Geneva Switzerland. Faith and Order is the theological commission that resolves issues of Christian disunity, and promotes a vision of the Church as a communion of unity in diversity. A priest and canon theologian of the Diocese of Ottawa, Anglican Church of Canada, Canon Gibaut is currently an assistant priest of Eglise St-Germain, Geneva, église catholique-chrétienne (Old Catholic Diocese of Switzerland). Previously to his appointment to the WCC position, he was a professor at Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Here he taught in the areas of ecumenism, liturgy, church history, historical theology, homiletics, and Anglican studies. Canon Gibaut has also served at Toronto’s St James’s Cathedral and St Clement’s Mission Centre in the Diocese of Quebec. Well known in ecumenical circles, the 55-year-old Canadian has served on several national and international dialogues and commissions including the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order. … Read more » … À suivre »

Ecumenism needs to get more pastoral

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October 6, 20146 octobre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Saint Paul University theology professor Catherine CliffordFifty years on, it’s time for the ecumenical movement to take on a more pastoral mission and worry less about trying to untie the knots of history and theology, Saint Paul University theology professor Catherine Clifford told a small gathering of bishops, clergy and lay people in Toronto commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism. Clifford and Anglican ecumenist Archdeacon Bruce Myers were the featured speakers at a prayer service marking the anniversary sponsored by the Ontario Diocesan Directors for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. “We’ve lost sight of the pastoral importance of ecumenism,” Clifford said. From interchurch marriages to dwindling communities that can’t survive in isolation, the Church’s ecumenical mission is urgent, she said. “A perception that it (ecumenism) has been the domain of professional ecumenists” must be overcome, said Myers. … Read more » … À suivre »