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A Commission for Ecumenical Affairs was first established in
Melbourne on 1 November 1967 by Archbishop James Knox, following the
publication of the Directory on Ecumenism (1967) which called upon all
the faithful to make a personal commitment towards promoting increasing
communion with other Christians (no. 55).
On 15 November 2000,
Archbishop George Pell gave approval to the Commission to changeits name to the Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission
. This meant that the Commission’s
charter would henceforth embrace the work of fostering both Christian unity and
From "The Advocate"
"Focus on Unity" The Advocate (Thursday, May 8, 1975) [PDF]
A 15 page text and photo "lift out" feature jointly published in The Advocate (Melbourne based Catholic weekly), Church Scene (Melbourne based Anglican weekly) and The Southern Cross (Adelaide based Catholic weekly).
Journey begun, Destination unsighted : the ecumenical movement in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne 1960-1990
are delighted to be able to publish Sr Mary Leonora Moorhead's
important work on the history of Catholic ecumenism in Melbourne. Sr
Mary Lou died in 2005, and we publish this work as a tribute to her
contribution to ecumenism. Click here to download the PDF file