Ecumenism and Dialogue

Council for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

This council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Formation

Contact Details

V Rev Kieran McDermott
Main Street
Dundrum, Dublin 14
Tel: +353 (0)1 298 4348

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Members of the Council

Episcopal members:
Bishop Lawrence Duffy (Chairman)
Bishop Brendan Leahy


The main purpose of the Council for Ecumenism (and Dialogue) is to service the various ecumenical bodies, both national and international. From it is provided the Catholic membership of:

  • the Inter-Church Meeting
  • the Inter-Church Committee
  • the Standing Committee on Mixed Marriages
  • Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Members of the Council for Ecumenism of the Irish Episcopal Conference have served on the:

  • Working Group of the World Council of Churches
  • Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU)
  • International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM)
  • PCPCU Dialogue with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC)

They also prepare materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

When international bodies wish to consult the Conference on ecumenical matters this is usually carried out via the Ecumenism Council.

Advisory Committee on Ecumenism

The Bishops’ Conference Advisory Committee on Ecumenism was set up after the Second Vatican Council that saw the restoration of unity among all Christians as one of its principal concerns.

All Diocesan Officers are members of the Advisory Committee along with others appointed by the Bishops’ Conference to the Committee based on their competence and experience in the ecumenical field. Bishop Anthony Farquhar is currently the Chairman. Father Kieran McDermott is the secretary to the Committee.

The Committee is an advisory body to the Bishops on ecumenical affairs in Ireland and maintains contact with the the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, Rome.

The Advisory Committee’s work is carried out mainly at the local level by individual ecumenical officers. It meets once a year to review ecumenical developments and share news.

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