New director at Canadian Centre for Ecumenism

 — Oct. 19, 200419 oct. 2004

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is pleased to announce that Dr. Stuart E. Brown has taken up the duties of Director of the Centre as of the 1st of October. From British Columbia, Dr. Brown holds an MA and a PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University. In Canada, the United States, England, Switzerland, India, Australia, and numerous African countries, he has taught and written on various aspects of Islam and interfaith dialogue as well as on the history and future of ecumenism.

Dr. Brown was Program Secretary for Christian-Muslim Relations in the Department of Dialogue with People of Living Faiths at the World Council of Churches in Geneva from 1983-1988 and General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches from 1988-1993. He is fluent in English, French, and Arabic and reads German, Italian, Spanish, Swahili, and Turkish. Dr. Brown and his wife, Margaret, have four adult children and five grandchildren. His appointment as Director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism marks the first time an Anglican or layperson has held this post.

Founded in 1963 by Rev. Irénée Beaubien, a Jesuit and Officer of the Order of Canada, the Centre was instrumental in encouraging all the major churches to cooperate in a common Christian Pavilion at Expo 67 held in Montreal. The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism continues its involvement in dialogues between members of various churches and world religions, in education for better understanding and cooperation among believers, and in spiritual initiatives such as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It has developed a Guide for Muslim-Christian Marriages, it publishes the quarterly Ecumenism that is received in forty countries around the world, and it maintains a specialised library accessible to the public. Previous directors of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism were Fr Irénée Beaubien, s.j., Fr Thomas Ryan, c.s.p., Fr Philippe Thibodeau, and Bro. Gilles Bourdeau, o.f.m.

For more information please contact:

Rev. Canon David Oliver
President, Board of Directors
Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
2065 Sherbrooke West, Montreal QC, H3H 1G6
ph: (514) 937-9176; fax: (514) 937-4986
email: info [at]

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