Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations Ministry


Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink.”  

(John 4:7)



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It is the function of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations to foster ecumenical work on behalf of the diocese for the purpose of promoting Christian unity and to engage in interreligious dialogue with members of non-Christian religious communities in order to develop mutual affection and esteem so that human dignity and freedom may grow and flourish in the Diocese of Palm Beach.


Diocesan Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Members

  • Deacon Dennis Demes, Ph.D., Diocese of Palm Beach, Chair 
  • Deacon Frank Bandy, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach Ministries
  • Sr. Roberta Popara, OP, Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center
  • Lynn Powell, Diocese of Palm Beach 



 Prayer of Christian Unity

On January 18 - 25, 2015, Christian Churches throughout the world will join in prayer asking the Lord to restore oneness to the Christian community. This oneness was ruptured at various times during the history of the Church, most notably in 1054 when Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians severed the bonds of unity and then again in 1517 when protests over ecclesiastical abuses led to the fragmentation of western Christendom. Thankfully, most of the acrimony of the past is behind us, and Christians are more and more yearning for doctrinal unity and pastoral charity among all believers. To this end, the Graymoor Ecumenical Institute inaugurated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which is entering its 107th year in 2015.

The Diocese of Palm Beach welcomes and encourages dialogue with fellow believers in Jesus Christ and is ready and willing to share in common prayer and worship insofar as our confessions allow. All Churches and ecclesial communities that wish to explore ways to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015 with the Catholic community of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties are invited to contact Deacon Dennis Demes or Lynn Powell at the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.



2015 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday, January 11th  Unity Prayer Service 

St. Andrew Episcopal Church (Host) Fort Pierce                     4:00 pm
Holy Cross Catholic Church Vero Beach   
Living Lord Lutheran Church Vero Beach  
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church Vero Beach                
Our Savior Lutheran Church  Vero Beach  
Indian River Medical Center  Vero Beach  


Saturday, January 17th 

A Song, Worship and Prayer Service followed by a Ministry Mall featuring more than forty Ecumenical Ministries.

St. Patrick Catholic Church (Host)                             Palm Beach Gardens 12:00 Noon
Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola Palm Beach Gardens  
St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church North Palm Beach  


Tuesday, January 20th  Unity Prayer Service 

St. Andrew Episcopal Church (Host) Boca Raton           7:00 pm
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Boca Raton  
St. DAvid Armenian Apostolic Church Boca Raton  

Unity Prayer Service

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Sainsts (Host) Jupiter                            7:00 pm     
St. Peter Catholic Church Jupiter  


Thursday, January 22nd  Unity Prayer Service 

St. David's in the Pines Episcopal Church (Host) Wellington 7:00 pm
Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Royal Palm Beach        
St. Rita Catholic Church Wellington  
St. Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church Wellington  
St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary Boynton Beach  


Saturday, January 24th  Unity Prayer Service 

St. Ann Catholic Church (Host) West Palm Beach   11:00 am
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church West Palm Beach  
Christ Fellowship Church West Palm Beach  
Christ Evangelical Bapist Church West Palm Beach  
Dunklin Memorial Church Okeechobee  
St. John Fisher Catholic Church West Palm Beach  
Holy Name Catholic Church West Palm Beach  
Holy Spirit Catholic Church Lantana  
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church Jensen Beach  
St. Lucie Catholic Church Port St. Lucie  
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church    Delray Beach