(Garrison, NY, June 14, 2016) Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), a ministry of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, earned a third place Catholic Press Association Award. The Catholic Press Association received 2,451 press submissions in 255 categories for consideration for the 2016 awards.

The article published in its journal, Ecumenical Trends, “Koinonia and Philoxenia – Toward an Expanded Ecumenical Ecclesiology” by Rev. Michael Kinnamon earned Third Place in the category Best Essay Originating with a Magazine or Newsletter: Professional & Special Interest Magazine. The Rev. Michael Kinnamon, Ph.D., is the former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and is recently retired from the position of SpeharHalligan Visiting Professor of Ecumenical and Interreligious Studies at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry.

Ecumenical Trends is available to print and digital subscribers and is published eleven times each year. Submissions on the topics of ecumenism, Christian Unity and interfaith relations by experts and scholars from around the world are presented in each issue. Rev. James Loughran, SA, Vicar General and Director of Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), edits the publication. GEII, based on Riverside Drive in New York City, is active within the international movement to heal divisions within Christianity and create unity among people of all faiths. Each year it provides the prayer resources for the Week of Prayer of Christian Unity to congregations around the world. The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement is a Roman Catholic order of brothers and priests founded in 1898 by Servant of God Father Paul of Graymoor, a pioneer and apostle for Christian Unity. Since that time, the Friars have worked for reconciliation and healing through “at-one-ment” — the unity of men and women with God and with one another — so that the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” might be fulfilled.

The mission of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada is to build and strengthen the value, effectiveness and identity of Catholic media by facilitating the professional development and spiritual growth of their members. The Association contributes to the Church’s mission of communicating the Good News and evangelizing the modern world by engaging and supporting the content creators and distributors of Catholic media. The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada represents 319 newspapers, magazines, newsletters, etc.

For information and to subscribe to Ecumenical Trends, call 845-690-1088. For information about Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, visit geii.org.

The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement are a Roman Catholic religious order of brothers and priests founded in 1898 by Father Paul Wattson. Their worldwide ministries include Christian unity; interfaith dialogue among Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists; serving the homeless and those suffering from alcoholism, drug addictions, and HIV/AIDS; preaching the gospel in parishes around the world, and offering respite and hope to those in need of spiritual renewal.

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