The 2019 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected. Justice, Only Justice You Shall Pursue (cf. Deuteronomy 16:20).
The Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project participants for 2018 have been selected and are eager to begin working alongside the Friars. From June 14- August 12, Eric Britt and George Nemanich will be learning and serving through the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII).
Cultural and Theological Reflections on the Japanese Quest for Divinity by Fr. John J. Keane, S.A., has been chosen to be included as part of a series by the distinguished Brill Publishers. The peer-reviewed series, Theology and Mission in World Christianity, features academic scholarship that spans global thought regarding philosophy, religion, and the Christian identity.
Under the leadership of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, the Centro Pro Unione in Rome, Italy, is celebrating its 50th year of operation. With a mission of advancing relationships and respectful communication between Christian traditions, as well as other religious faiths, the Centro has proven over the decades to be a pillar of ecumenical dialogue and research.
On April 26th, during a Benefactors Appreciation celebration at Graymoor, three generous couples donated The Trail of Glory, an expansive collection of religious art, to the Friars. The Trail of Glory, which consists of 67 oil paintings that depict the Gospel of John, were created by Helen Owen and inspired by the studies of Johannine scholar, Fr. John Gerhard, S.J.
Fr. Jim Loughran, SA and Fr. Tom Orians, SA, Director and Associate Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), along with Fr. Jim Puglisi, SA, Director of Centro Pro Unione, the Friars ecumenical research and action center in Rome, all traveled to Silver Spring, Maryland in mid-April for the National Workshop for Christian Unity. This annual gathering of ecumenical representatives, ecumenists, and interested members from all churches, is presented by the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical & Interreligious Officers (CADEIO), where Fr. Jim Gardiner, SA and Fr. Wil Tyrell, SA both serve as regional representatives. The workshop opened on Tuesday morning with the annual Graymoor breakfast, hosted by the Friars. Participants look forward to this opportunity to network among ecumenical friends, explore topics of religion and politics, equity and justice, and an increasingly complex multi-faith landscape in the nation. The Graymoor breakfast was followed by a Workshop Plenary on Justification, Justice & Sanctification, where Fr. Jim Loughran served as the Catholic participant in a panel discussion. The other panelists were Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutheran. The primary focus for the 2018 workshop, which was working together on a common journey as followers of Jesus to heal wounds of discord and separation so that the world may believe, is a cause that is at the very foundation of the Society of the Atonement. The Friars have been leaders in promoting Christian Unity since the founding of the Society of the Atonement in 1898.
During May, the month of our Blessed Mother, Fr. Joe Di Mauro, SA, Director of the Father Paul of Graymoor Guild, will facilitate a one-day study, In the Footsteps of Mary, through the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center. Fr. Di Mauro will take participants through the Gospels in order to delve deeper into the heart of Mary. By coming to know and understand the life of Mary, participants will be better able to live out the Gospel message in their own life. In the Footsteps of Mary will take place on Saturday, May 19th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is only $40 and includes all content of the retreat, handouts, activities, lunch, and social time with refreshments. There will also be time to pray and reflect in the midst of the beauty of The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center. For more information, call (845) 424-2111 or email HMFRC@atonementfriars.org. Click here to register online.
St. Joan of Arc Parish in Toronto, which has been serving the community, bringing the welcome and warmth of Christ to all since its foundation in 1919, will celebrate the beginning of 100 years this month. For the past 20 years, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have served as pastoral ministers, promoting an atmosphere of shared stewardship, involving a comprehensive participation in the life and worship of the parish. Fr. Dan Callahan, SA, currently serves as pastor of the parish. “Our parish is inspired by the mission of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement who exist to invite the world to join in the quest for healing and reconciliation,” says Fr. Dan Callahan, SA. The parish mission statement best sums up the goal: Living and Proclaiming the Gospel through Stewardship. All are welcome. The presence of the Friars, and their commitment to reconciliation, can be felt by the spirit of the mission statement and the feeling that “At-One-Ment” is truly the goal for the parish. Fr. Dan, and all the Friars who have served before him, have seen the growth of the parish and served as celebrants for countless Masses, Baptisms, first Communions, and first Confessions. The parish offers five Sunday Masses per week so that all may attend, in addition to daily Mass offered Monday through Friday. Every week following the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass different families, in turn, provide refreshments with coffee and tea, allowing parishioners an opportunity for fellowship and to encourage one another. It is always a joyful gathering reminding all of Acts 2:46 “...they ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” “My experience in the parish is one that calls me to presence to the people, service to the stewardship volunteers, pastoral ministry to all who are in need and making sure the Church provides a welcoming atmosphere. Our pastoral mission is to live and proclaim the gospel and welcome all,” said Fr. Dan. Find out more about St. Joan of Arc Parish at www.joanofarc.ca.