Message from the ‘Top’
Cardinal John Dew and Bishop Patrick Dunn, the Bishop of Auckland have called for the whole Catholic Church of Aotearoa New Zealand to celebrate Ut Unum Sint.
On the 25th of May this year, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pope St. John Paul II’s promulgation of his Encyclical Letter on the commitment to Ecumenism,
Ut Unum Sint – That They May Be One.
This Encyclical reflects the Pope’s deep longing for genuine Christian unity and his desire to continue the great work that the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council (1962 – 1965) promulgated through the document Unitatis Redintegratio (Decree on Ecumenism). This Council’s document expressed deep concerns about the grave scandal of divisions among Christians that greatly compromised the integrity of believers in witnessing to and proclaiming the Gospel as there is only “one flock and one Shepherd.” Hence the Council declared that “the task of bringing about Christian unity is a concern for everyone in the whole Church.”
While much work has been done in the universal Church toward Christian unity over the past six decades, there is still more that needs to be done. In his letter to all of the Christian Faithful, to all men and women of Good will, the Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn DD appeals all “to join with me generously in working together towards this goal and for continued growth in Ecumenism in this Diocese through a year-long commemoration of Ut Unum Sint.”
We give you this ‘Guide’ on how to celebrate Ut Unum Sint in your parishes, and religious communities, and is intended to help you prepare and live the call to Christian unity – “That They May Be One”.
The Opening Mass – Monday 25 May 2020, 7:30pm, Cathedral
To begin this year-long celebration, all Catholics of the Auckland Diocese are invited to join with Bishop Patrick Dunn in an Opening Mass on Monday 25th May 2020 at St. Patrick and St Joseph’s Cathedral at 7:30 PM. The faithful will be commissioned to go forth, prepare and live the call to Christian Unity – “That They May All Be One”. The year-long commemoration will end with an Ecumenical Service at Christ The King parish one year later, on Tuesday May 25, 2021.
What else is happening?
The 2020 Ecumenical Talk Series promoting Christian Unity in commemoration of Ut Unum Sint.
The table below shows a schedule of our 2020 Ecumenical Talk Series which corresponds to the spiritual dimension of the Church’s call for Christian unity. For every month of the year 2020, a particular topic will be presented by the different prominent speakers within the Church community of the Auckland Diocese. We have also been fortunate to have received speakers from our international Catholic communities. They too will be presenting interesting topics.
The 2020 Ecumenical Talk Series is open for anyone to attend and no registration is required. The talks are ideal for Secondary School students and the wider adult communities. Most talks are arranged to be in the evenings. It is great learning for biblical, catechetical, spiritual and theological formation regarding the missio ad gentes (mission to all peoples).