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 Frank Bandy, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interreligious Outreach Ministries
  • Sr. Roberta Popara, OP, Our Lady of Florida Spiritual Center


 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.

2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Events

Saturday, January 14 – Unity Celebration and Ministry Fair at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

This is hosted by Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in North Palm Beach. Participants include: Faith Lutheran Church, North Palm Beach; Gardens Presbyterian Church, Palm Beach Gardens; Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Juno Beach; More Than Conquerors Life Center, West Palm Beach; Oceanview United Methodist Church, Juno Beach; Soul Harvest Outreach Ministries, West Palm Beach; Saint Clare Catholic Church, North Palm Beach; Saint Francis Catholic Church, Riviera Beach; Saint George Episcopal Church, Riviera Beach; Cathedral of Saint Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church, Palm Beach Gardens; Saint Mark Episcopal Church, Palm Beach Gardens; Saint Patrick Catholic Church, Palm Beach Gardens; Tropical Sands Christian Church, Palm Beach Gardens; Trinity United Methodist Church; West Palm Beach, Young Life of Palm Beach County, North Palm Beach.

(Host address/location: Saint Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, 10970 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach)



Thursday, January 19 – Prayer and Scripture Service at 7:00 pm

This is hosted by Saint Michael Lutheran Church in Wellington. Participants include: Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Catholic Church, Royal Palm Beach; Saint Therese de Lisieux Catholic Church, Wellington; Saint Rita Catholic Church, Wellington

(Host address/location: Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 1925 Birkdale Drive, Wellington)



Thursday, January 19 – Unity Service at 7:00 pm

This is hosted by First United Methodist Church in Jupiter. Participants include: Saint Peter Catholic Church, Jupiter; The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Tequesta

(Host address/location: First United Methodist Church, 815 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter)



Saturday, January 21 – Prayer Service at 11:00 a.m. followed by a lunch social

This is hosted by Saint Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach. Participants include: Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lantana; Dunklin Memorial, Okeechobee; Faith Dialogue, Palm Beach Gardens; Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Jensen Beach; Christ Fellowship Church, West Palm Beach; Saint Patrick Episcopal Church, West Palm Beach

(Host address/location: Saint Ann Church, 310 North Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach)



Tuesday, January 24 – Christian Unity Service at 7:00 pm

This is hosted by The Chapel of Saint Andrew Episcopal Church in Boca Raton. Participants include: Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Boca Raton; Saint David Armenian Apostolic Church, Boca Raton

(Host address/location: The Chapel of Saint Andrew Episcopal Church, 2707 N.W. 37th Street, Boca Raton)   



Tuesday, January 24 - Evening Prayer Service (vespers) at 7:00 p.m.

This is hosted by Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Bishop Edward Burns, Bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, will be joined by Bishop Robert Schaefer of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, Evangelical     Lutheran Church and Bishop Peter Eaton of the Episcopal Southeast Diocese of Florida for an Evening Prayer Service (vespers).  The prayer service will be held in the St. Vincent Chapel.

(Host address/location: Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary, 10701 South Military Trail, Boynton Beach)


For more information and event fliers, please view the above events on our Events Calendar web page at


View/Download/Print our National Week of Prayer for Christian Unity flier which lists events, locations and more details. Click here to view flier.