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Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Committee

St. Francis of Assisi seeks opportunities to promote unity among all people of faith by focusing on what connects all people of God. The parish joins state and local faith communities to celebrate those connections and better understand one another’s points of view.  Representatives also work with other parishes, in support of the mission of the Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.  Activities include:

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
  • Bilingual Thanksgiving Mass and Blessing of Food
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Annual LARCUM Conference
  • Women’s World Day of Prayer
  • Pentecost Multicultural Celebration
  • V.O.I.C.E.

“The commitment to unity among Christians is not the work of a few only, nor is it an incidental undertaking for the life of the Church. Each one of us is called to make his or her contribution towards the completion of those steps that lead to full communion among the disciples of Christ, without ever forgetting that this unity is above all a gift from God to be constantly invoked. In fact, the force that supports both unity and the mission flows from the fruitful encounter with the Risen One, just as was the case for St Paul on the road to Damascus, and for the Eleven and the other disciples gathered at Jerusalem.”

— His Holiness Benedict XVI, January 29, 2010 at the Papal Address at the Close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “We Must From Now On Give a Common Witness”

Parish Ecumenical and Interreligious Representatives

  • Sam Miller
  • Wayne Miller
  • Pequitte Schwerin
  • Fr. Ignatius Harding
  • Lisa Ostendorf

For more information on the Franciscan Action & Advocacy Council, please contact Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM:


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