Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, the Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto, and Pastor Christian Ceconi of Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church in Toronto, recently sat down with Sebastian Gomes, host of Canada’s Salt & Light TV show, "Perspectives Weekly" to discuss the legacy of the Reformation and the new impetus towards full unity among the Christian churches in 2017. Fr. Damian says, "Ecumenism has to be pastoral."
The archdiocese has officially closed an 18-month cause and submitted its work to Rome where it will be assessed whether Father Paul Wattson, S.A., should advance to the next steps necessary to become a canonized saint of the Catholic Church.
Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA, and Jean Kodin of The Catholic Register, presented prizes to the 2017 Student Writing Contest winners Sabrina Quartone, Jessica Nguyen, Ruthann J. Lemonius, along with Vivian Kwok, Administrative Assistant for the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
Fr. Elias Mallon, SA, Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, and External Affairs Officer for Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), was invited to give a presentation at the 38th Seerah Conference at the Islamic Center of Central New Jersey (Monmouth Junction, NJ) on 30 December 2016.
In a series of four power point presentations Fr. Damian offered the priests a basic understanding of commonly held tenants of the faith of Islam.
In Cultural and Theological Reflections on the Japanese Quest for Divinity, John J. Keane offers an explanation of Japanese divinity (kami 神) using sociology, anthropology, linguistics, literature and history.