“Surely the fostering of unity is a noble task which is incumbent upon all who have at heart the good of the whole human family. It is my hope that interreligious and ecumenical cooperation will demonstrate that men and women do not have to forsake their identity, whether ethnic or religious, in order to live in harmony with their brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis (Address to Ecumenical and Inter-religious Gathering in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2015)
It is an integral part of the mission of the Auckland diocese to promote unity amongst the Christian family and build relationships with people of other religions. As Auckland continues to grow in its ethnic and religious diversity, ecumenical and inter-faith movements become crucial in ensuring that all people, regardless of their creed, are respected and could freely exercise their faith. The Catholic Church in Auckland collaborates with other Christian communities and religious organisations to foster unity in diversity among all people who call Aotearoa New Zealand home.
Commission for Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations
The Auckland Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-faith Relations meets four or five times a year to study Church teachings on ecumenism and inter-faith relations as well as promote ecumenical and inter-faith activities around the diocese.
Members of the commission have wide range of knowledge and experience in the Catholic Church’s understanding in promoting unity among Christians and building bridges with other faith traditions.
Adriana Janus (Chair)
Beate Matthies (Catholic Representative on the Interfaith Council)
Sr Sian Owen RSJ (Member of the Catholic-Methodist Dialogue)
Br Stephen Tipene Filipo fms
Dori Handa (Representative of the Diocesan Pastoral Council)
Ecumenism and Inter-faith Networks
Ecumenical and Inter-faith Committees of the NZ Catholic Bishops Conference
NZCBC Committee for Inter-faith Relations
22-30 Hill St
PO Box 1937
Mr Colin Macleod (Chair)
NZCBC Committee for Ecumenism
Cathedral House PO Box 4544
Chch Mail Centre Christchurch 8140
Cardinal John A Dew DD (Chair)
Ecumenism and Inter-faith Resource
“Promoting Interfaith Relations” Booklet is available via NZCBC, click on this link to view