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

March 28, 7 pm: Adult Education Forum–Hailing Mary: Queen or Sister?

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm, Atonement Lutheran Church, 9948 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS. This ecumenical forum is co-sponsored by Holy Cross Catholic Church and Atonement Lutheran Church.

What difference does Mary make in the lives of everyday Christians? Sr. Diane Steele, SCL and Dr. Kris Kvam will explore the conceptions and misconceptions that Roman Catholics and Lutherans hold about one another’s beliefs and practices regarding Mary, the mother of Jesus. Sr. Diane Steele is president of the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. Dr. Kris Kvam is professor of theology at Saint Paul School of Theology in Overland Park, KS. No fee or advance registration is necessary. For more information contact Fr. Mike Stubbs (mstubbs@holycrossopks.org or (913) 381-2755, ext. 112) or Robert Bacic (rbacic@holycrossopks.org or (913) 381-2755, ext.111).

March 29, 10 am-2 pm: Clergy Study Day

You are invited to participate in an Ecumenical Study Day for Clergy and interested laity on Friday, March 29th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Church of the Holy Cross in Overland Park. The program is a collaboration between Holy Cross parish and Atonement Lutheran Church. Diane Steele, SCL, Ph.D. and Kristen Kvam, Ph.D. will address the topic “Hailing Mary: Queen or Sister?” They will examine how history and theology have shaped the way that Catholics and Lutherans understand the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the life of the Church. Sr. Diane Steele is president of the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Dr. Kris Kvam is professor of theology at Saint Paul School of Theology in Overland Park, Kansas. A $10 registration fee, which includes lunch, can be paid at the door. Contact Deacon Cherri Jestmore to register. Call or text (913) 229-0727 or email cherrij@atoneluth.org with your name, parish, email and telephone number.

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.


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