Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission

Welcome to the Ecumenical and Interreligious Commission page! The Commission exists to:

  • affirm and promote ecumenical and interreligious efforts by individuals and institutions.
  • provide vision and leadership to the local Catholic Church in its mission to dialogue with other Christians, Jews, Muslims and all people of good will.
  • facilitate a visible unity among area religious communities that is rooted in prayer, dialogue, acts of service and friendship.

Upcoming events

January 18-25, 2019: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This year’s theme for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Justice and only justice you shall pursue”.

Christians throughout Kansas City are invited to familiarize themselves with the ecumenical work already being done locally to promote understanding and cooperation among our communities. All Christians are invited to participate in these and other ecumenical opportunities throughout the week.

Visit the World Council of Churches website for more information…

Worship and Background Information for 2019 Week of Prayer

PDF: 2019 Week of Prayer Resources

January 20, 2019, 1 pm: Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Prayer Service

A variety of pastors from area churches will lead an ecumenical prayer service commemorating the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sunday, January 20 at St. Mary’s Church in Higginsville, Mo.

A civil rights presentation and discussion begins at 1 pm, followed by the 3 pm prayer service. This event is sponsored by the Ministerial Fellowship of Higginsville; both the presentation and prayer service are open to the public. All who are concerned about peace and justice are invited.

PDF: MLK Jr. Prayer Service flyer

January 21, 2019, 7 pm: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ecumenical Prayer Service

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Friday, January 18, and continues through Wednesday, January 25. The theme for 2019 is “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

Plan to join with members of other Christian churches and communities in our area to pray for Christian Unity on January 21, 2019 at 7 PM at St. Sabina Catholic Church (700 Trevis Ave, Belton, Mo.)

January 26, 2019, 8:30 am-3:30 pm: Women on Fire Annual Ecumenical Retreat

This year’s 2019 host is St. Gregory Barbarigo parish (333 S. Davis Street, Maryville, Mo.)

Imaginative, courageous women changed the world with their stories. Are we called to do the same? We will highlight three women who discerned a vision and call from God and by saying “yes” transformed both themselves and the world.

The $20 Early Bird deadline is January 11 ($25 thereafter) for our amazing annual women’s event created to spur us on in our faith and connect us as the body of Christ.  Grab a friend, family member or coworker and come to be refreshed in faith in the new year!

Register and find out more details on the retreat by clicking this link for the online registration form. You must answer all fields to complete registration. Payment instructions are included.

Women on Fire Retreat flyer

Women on Fire Retreat promo half sheet/text for bulletin insert

February 9, 2019, 9:30 am: 2019 Rural Ministry Now Conference

9:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, February 9, at Emerson Fields (35932 US Hwy 63, Excello, Mo. 65247)

Event features talks on technology techniques, youth ministry without paid staff, a poverty panel, and more. Registration is $20/individual, deadline Feb. 1, 2019. Registration online here, or paper registrations available by contacting Barbara Buck (, (660) 665-8497)

PDF: 2019 Rural Ministry Now Conference

Sunday, July 20, 5:00 pm: Evensong at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Evensong at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, located at 13th and Broadway; Father Paul Turner speaking.

Monday, July 21, 12:15 pm: Mass at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 11th and Broadway; Dean Evelyn Hornaday speaking.

Video resources for parishes

Website resources

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