Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations Ministry


RECONCILIATION - The Love of Christ Compels Us

(2 Corinthians 5:14-20)



Contact staff for this Ministry

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 



 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

On January 18 - 25, 2017, 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 109th year in 2017.

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 2017 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.

Please check back for a list of the upcoming 2017 Events. 
2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events