Ecumenical Events


The national Flower of Cuba is the white butterfly jasmine. Cuban women have used the flower not only as an adornment for their hair, but also to transmit messages during liberation wars, and as a sign of their being Cuban. There can be no better emblem for the 2016 World Day of Prayer service written by the World Day of Prayer committee of Cuba. The service transmits their witness and experience of being Cuban and Christian, even when their faith meant isolation within the country they love.
With the triumph of the Revolution, a trade embargo by the United States brought Cuba economic isolation and material scarcity. Within Cuba a similar isolation formed around people of faith in the officially atheist state. Now the embargo is lifting, but uncertainty remans for the Cuban people. What can these women tell the rest of the world about how faith endures in a secular world, of material and social challenges, and of hope?
On March 4, 2016, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray for, and celebrate Cuba in solidarity with the women of Cuba through the World Day of Prayer. Please join us and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer 2016. – Media release © Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada

Here is a list of WDP services being held locally:

Friday, March 4
11am at Resurrection of Our Lord Parish (34-34th Ave., Lachine)
1pm at St. John Brébeuf Parish (7777 George St., Verdun)
1:30pm at St. Edmund of Canterbury Parish (105 Beaconsfield Ave., Beaconsfield)

Saturday, March 5
11am at Paroisse Présentation-de-la-Sainte-Vierge (655 de l’Église Ave., Dorval)

For more information regarding the service at St. John Brébeuf Parish, contact Patricia at 514-507-0800 or For all other services, contact Eleanor Arless at 514-674-0557 or



Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and
Cardinal Augustine Bea,
New York, March 31, 1963

The Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Montreal cordially invites students, clergy, ministers, pastoral personnel, and the general public to the Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference from October 27 to November 1 in Montreal.

Proclaimed on October 28, 1965, the Vatican II declaration Nostra Aetate transformed the relations between Roman Catholic Church and non-Christian religions, particularly Judaism. To mark the fiftieth anniversary of this ground-breaking document, the Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference presents a series of three public events.

On Tuesday, October 27, Prof. Jean Duhaime (Université de Montréal) and Armand Abécassis (Université Michel-de-Montaigne, Bordeaux), will describe Nostra Aetate as a turning point and will explore the impact of this declaration on the relations between the Catholic Church and Judaism. In French, 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Jewish Public Library (5151 Côte-Ste-Catherine Rd.) Admission is 10$; JPL members, 7 $; free for students with valid ID. Registration required at 514-345-6416.

On Thursday, October 29, Prof. Patricia Kirkpatrick (McGill University) and Rabbi Schachar Orenstein (Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue) will discuss Christian and Jewish initiatives in the echoes of Nostra Aetate. In English, 4pm-6pm at the Birks Chapel of McGill University (3520 University St.). Free admission; reservation required on Eventbrite).

On Sunday, November 1, Ms. Myriam Azogui-Halbwax, Dr. Adriana Bara, Ms. Taylor Baruchel and Prof. Bruno Demers will debate future challenges to the relations between Christians and Jews, particularly those underscored in the Twelve Points of Berlin adopted in 2009 by the International Council of Christians and Jews. A discussion in small groups and a plenary session will follow. Bilingual, 1:30pm-4:30pm at the Grand Seminary of Montreal (2065 Sherbrooke St. West). Free admission; reservation required on Eventbrite).

The Nostra Aetate Jubilee Conference is sponsored by Christian and Jewish organizations participating in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of Montreal and has received special support from the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church in Montreal, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA-Quebec), the Congregation of Holy Cross (Canadian Province), the Grand Seminary of Montreal, the Jewish Public Library, and McGill University (Faculty of Religious Studies).
Information: or 514-937-9176 x33 or visit our Facebook page

Montreal Christian March and Gathering: Let’s Gather in the Name of Jesus

Archbishop Christian Lépine and the Christian March Organization cordially invite you to a meeting of Christians of all rites and denominations on Saturday, June 20 from 10am to 2pm rain or shine, at Ahuntsic Park, Montreal (Henri-Bourassa metro station). Join fellow Christians for an opportunity to socialize and encourage one another to take a greater role in the public square. Together we can work towards a vision where Christian values, which are foundational to Quebec’s identity, continue to inspire personal and social choices. We are all called to be witnesses to our Christian heritage. Contact Jeannelle Cantin, President and Coordinator of the Christian March Organization, at 450-293-2682 or Visit

Canadians for Coexistence: Interfaith Celebration for World Peace

We, at Canadians for Coexistence, wish to invite you to join us in the Interfaith Celebration uniting people of eight major world religions. Although religion has tended to cause wars and strife throughout the millennia, religion can now become the solution IF we all declare that no matter which religion we follow, we recognize that we are all God’s children, and He would not want us to continually break His Commandments. As religion has divided us, so it can now unite us. Guest speakers include:
Norman Simon, Chief Administrator, Canadians for Coexistence
Sheikh Mirza Ismail, Yezidi religious and human rights activist
Reverend Diane Rollert, Unitarian Church of Montreal
Rabbi Lionel E. Moses, Shaare Zion Congregation
Granthi Balkar Singh, Spiritual Leader of the Sikh Community of Montreal, and
Jaiseema Kaur (interpreter)
Adriana Cabrera Cleves, Baha’i, Chaplaincy of Concordia University
Bishop Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Montreal
Ramnaraine P. Tiwari Balbahadur, Priest, Spiritual Leader, Hindu Devotional Society
Rabbi Ron Aigen, Congregation Dorshei Emet, Hampstead
Evadne Anderson, SGI (Soka Gakkai International) Canada, Assistant Woman’s Leader
Imam Azeddine Hmimssa, President of Bel Agir and Imam of Al-Ihsane center, Montreal
Reverend Darryl Gregory Gray, Imani Family and Full Gospel Church
with our Master of Ceremonies:
Reverend Arlen Bonnar, Saint James United Church
and Co-Master of Ceremonies:
Father John Walsh, Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal
To be held on Sunday, April 26, 2:15pm at St. James United Church (463 Ste-Catherine St. West, Montreal). Doors open for registration confirmation at 2:15pm; service begins at 3pm sharp and concludes at 5pm. Seating available to the
public on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please register at the following link:

Concordia University

Concordia Multi-faith Chaplaincy and the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal invite you to an open conversation on Interfaith – Why Bother? An Open Conversation to Share Ideas on Tuesday, March 3 from 10:30am –12pm at Loyola Chapel (7141 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal). For more information, contact

Save the Dates! 2014 Ecumenical (Christian Unity) Renewal Mission: Gospel Call

Supported by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and the Archdiocese of Montreal, a conference will be held this fall on
Saturday, October 25 from 7:30pm-9pm and on Sunday, October 26 from 4pm-5:30pm at St. Luke Parish
(106A Anselme-Lavigne St., Dollard-des-Ormeaux). All parishes of the diocese and other Christian churches are invited.
Led by:
Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP, Director
Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C.
Rev. John Armstrong, Reformed Church
Author of Your Church Is Too Small
Graced by the presence of :
Archbishop Christian Lépine (October 25)
Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Dowd, E.V. (October 25)
Angilcan Bishop Barry Clark (October 26)
Wonderful music by choirs on both days.

March Chrétienne: Let`s Gather in the Name of Jesus

All are welcome on Saturday, June 14 from 10am-2pm at Angrignon Park in LaSalle for a day of solidarity to encourage Quebec Christians to value their heritage and to identify their role in the debate of ideas about public space. How can we ensure that Christian values continue to inspire social choices? Come and hear Archbishop Christian Lépine; Mr. Antoine Malek, President of the Coptic Orthodox Community Association of Greater Montreal; Pastor Jeff Laurin, Founder of the Church La Bible Parle; and Douglas B. Farrow, Professor of Christian Thought at McGill University. To learn more about this event, please visit Contact 450-293-2682 or

2014 World Day of Prayer: Local Services

World Day of Prayer is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday of March. Our motto of “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action ” signifies that prayer and action are inseparable. Join us for an ecumenical celebration themed Streams in the Desert, written by a group of women from Egypt. Everyone is welcome to attend . Here is the schedule of services taking place on Friday, March 7:

10:30am at Summerlea United Church (225—50th Ave., Lachine). Contact Mary at 514-637-8530.
11am at Strathmore United Church (310 Brookhaven, Dorval). Contact Beate at 514-695-5752.
1:30pm at Beaconsfield United Church (202 Woodside Rd., Beaconsfield). Contact the church at 514-695-0600.
4pm at Immaculate Conception Church (437 Denison West, Granby) The bilingual service will be broadcast on local television. Contact the office at 450-378-2133.
7:30pm at Roxboro United Church (116 Cartier St., Roxboro), with guest speaker Mrs. Samia Boghdady. Contact Lynne at 514-685-4956.