Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Ecumenical & Interfaith Affairs! This office which also convenes the Diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Initiatives, works under the aegis of the Secretariat for Family and Pastoral Life. It exists as a result of the call for the establishment of such offices by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in its 1993 Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism.

The Bishop has asked us to undertake a renewal of this important diocesan ministry with the aim being to foster spiritual ecumenism, promote friendly relationships between Catholics and other Christians as well as people of other faith traditions by initiating conversation and consultation, and working together with other Christians and faith traditions in areas like education, public and private morality, social justice and culture and the arts.

Upcoming Events

It's Complicated.
A discussion of Israel, Christianity and Islam and building bridges to peace

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
146 Metlars Lane  •  Piscataway

Moderator: Rev. Guy Selvester, Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Diocese of Metuchen

The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey sponsored an Interfaith Clergy Mission to Israel Jan. 16-23, 2018, which was open to Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy from throughout New Jersey.

As part of the mission trip, a number of interfaith clergy - including Father Guy Selvester, director of the Diocese of Metuchen's Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs - traveled to Jerusalem, Shilo, Rawabi, Tiberias, the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Umm el-Fahem and Tel Aviv. Along the way, the travelers visited holy places and met with religious, cultural, and secular groups that are working towards peace and coexistence in a land that is often troubled by political and religious strife.

Clergy members learned a great deal about the State of Israel, the Palestinian territories, and each other's religious traditions during this trip. This interfaith forum provides representatives of the three great monotheistic religions that call Israel a Holy Land an opportunity to openly reflect on the mission, discuss preconceived notions, share their experiences, and consider future interfaith efforts.

In this discussion, they will unpack their findings and share their experiences. All are welcome.

Contact Us

Rev. Guy W. Selvester, MDiv, MA, Director
(732) 529-7937
732 -529-7937