​​​Office of ​​​​​​​​​​​Ecumenical and           Interfaith Affairs​


Photo by Michael Swan, Courtesy of The Catholic Register

The Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs exists to promote the goals of the Roman Catholic Church in its pursuit of Christian unity and interfaith understanding and cooperation within the Archdiocese through prayer, dialogue and teaching and to represent the Archdiocese in ecumenical and int​​​​erfaith events.​​​​

Friars' Student Writing Award

Submission Deadline: January 8, 2018

Friars' Student Writing Award 2018 - Win Great Prizes!

Students aged 14 – 18 are invited to write a five hundred-word essay on the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated January 18-25, 2018.

The Theme is "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power."
(cf. Exodus 15:6)

For 2018, First prize is an iPad Pro (128 GB), second prize is a Kobo Aura H2O Edition 2, and third to sixth prizes are a one-year subscription to The Catholic Register and other prizes.

For more information, please refer to the poster below or go to the Facebook Event Page here.

104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

World Day of Migrants and Refugees – Mass & Reception

Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.

The theme announced by His Holiness Pope Francis for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting and Integrating Migrants and Refugees”. In his message, Pope Francis reminds us that “every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”

Join us for a special Mass commemorating the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees at the Good Shepherd Chaldean Catholic Cathedral.  Bishop Kirkpatrick will be the homilist for this Liturgy.  A reception will follow with a number of dignitaries in attendance. All are welcome to attend!

Please click here to see Pope Francis’ entire message.

Roles of Women in Judaism, Catholicism and Islam

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM

The Muslim-Catholic Student/Young Adult Dialogue invites you to come and dialogue about the "Roles of Women in Judaism, Catholicism and Islam."

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

For more information and to arrange for free parking ahead of time, please contact Vivian at vkwok@archtoronto.org or (416) 934-3400 ext. 527.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service

Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 PM
Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. E.)

Come and join us for an ecumenical prayer service to pray for the unity of all Christians, led by His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins (homilist), Anglican Archbishop Colin Johnson, Coptic Orthodox Bishop Anba Mina, and other city-wide Christian church leaders.

Refreshments to follow the service. All are welcome!

Photo by Michael Swan, Courtesy of The Catholic Register. January 22, 2012.

Parliament of the World's Religions - Toronto 2018

The largest international interfaith gathering in the world (10,000-15,000 people are expected to attend).

Theme: "The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change."

For more information and to register, please click here.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs

The Office of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs was established thirty years ago by Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter on September 30, 1987. His Eminence noted on that occasion that it was the responsibility of the local church, following the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, “to implement world-wide ecumenical directives but also to take the initiative, within the unity of faith, to enrich this movement by our own forms of ecumenical action in prayer, education, the media, social work and theological exchange”.

The Commission of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs had already been about the task of fostering Christian unity and promoting ecumenical and interfaith dialogue since its inception in January of 1963. Among those on the Commission charged with various aspects of the ecumenical and interfaith agenda were the Reverend Robert Barringer, C.S.B., the Orthodox Churches and particularly the Greek Orthodox Church in Canada; Reverend Jonathan Robinson, C.O., the Anglican Church of Canada; Reverend Eugene D’Avella, the Protestant Churches; Reverend Brian Clough, liaison with the Jewish community.

On the occasion of the establishment of the Office of Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs, Cardinal Carter appointed Reverend Jeremiah Kelliher, S.A. director of the office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs. The first permanent office opened at Holy Cross Parish on Cosburn Avenue, Toronto. Father Kelliher was succeeded as director by Rev. Timothy MacDonald, S.A. in 1994. At this time the office was moved to the chancery office on Church Street and then later to its present location at 1155 Yonge Street. Fr. MacDonald had been succeeded by Rev. Damian MacPherson, S.A. in 1998 and remained as director for the next nineteen years. Reverend Timothy MacDonald, S.A. assumed the directorship once again in February, 2017.

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission has continued its task of promoting Christian unity and fostering interfaith dialogue and cooperation for the past fifty-four years and has assisted through its many volunteers to assist the Office for Ecumenism and Interfaith Affairs throughout the past thirty years. Significant progress has taken place in our ecumenical relations with other churches not only on the national and international levels but also on the local level. The most significant progress in the past twenty years has taken place in interfaith relations where the encounter with representatives of other faith traditions has blossomed into a powerful desire for all to live in harmony and peace and to do all that we can to promote these goals in the Toronto area.

Muslim-Catholic Student/Young Adult Dialogue

The Muslim-Catholic Student Dialogue, supported by the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto and the Canadian Council of Imams, strives to foster mutual and deeper understandings of the Islamic and Catholic faiths. The dialogue supports uniting and life-giving friendships between Jewish, Catholic and Muslim students and young adults through thought-provoking dialogues on topics related to the three faiths ​and by living out these faiths through social service activities.​

For more information, please contact the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs or join the Muslim-Catholic Student/Young Adult Dialogue group on Facebook.​​

The Muslim-Catholic Student/Young Adult Dialogue is looking for someone to champion (i.e. lead, organize and host) the dialogue. If someone from your faith group or organization is interested, please contact Rev. Timothy MacDonald, SA at timmacdonald@archtoronto.org  or (416) 934-3400 ext. 344.

All Muslim, Christian or Jewish university/college students and young adults are welcome.