Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations


Newsletter of the

Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee

Easter 2018

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Covenant was established between the Archdiocese of Rgina and the Anglican Diocese of Qu'Appelle in 2011. Since then, the two dioceses have been engaged in numerous forms of common witness and service. This newsletter reports on some of those experiences. To read about the progress and events of the past year, click here: ARCCIC Newsletter - Easter 2018

  • Parish Exchanges 2018
  • Covenant in action: ecumenical representatives meet for workshop
  • Converted to ecumenism
  • A Message from the Christian Bishops of Saskatchewan, February 13, 2018

Events calendar

    • Program in Ecumenical Studies & Formation
      Tues. to Fri., July 10-13 in Saskatoon

    • Preaching for Reconciliation: Ecumenical Clergy Study Day
      Tues., Oct. 2 in Moose Jaw

What's New

Archbishop Bolen Writes to Jewish Community

Last updated on October 31, 2018

October 30, 2018 

Rabbi Jeremy Parnes 
Beth Jacob Synagogue
4715 McTavish Street Regina, SK S4S 6H2 
jparnesaccesscomm [dot] ca


Dear Rabbi Jeremy and members of the Beth Jacob Synagogue, 

Warm greetings. 

On behalf of the whole Catholic community, I wish to express my condolences to the Jewish community upon news of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. We share in your grief for the loss of innocent lives in this senseless attack and we pray for all those who are injured or have been traumatized by this act of hatred. 

This act of violence during the Shabbat service is a clear act of anti-Semitism and an attack upon all that is good and holy. We are acutely aware that in our history, Catholics have contributed to the spread of anti-Semitism, and we are committed today to join you in the important work of combatting violence, bigotry, and racism. You are in our prayers, and we want to...

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Ecumenical Activity Increasing

Last updated on October 26, 2018

Written by Frank Flegel, October 21, 2018 

"It is incumbent on us to seek to restore the unity of the church given to us by Christ. That’s our principle, that’s our task,” says Nicholas Jesson, Regina Archdiocesan Ecumenical Officer.

Jesson began employment with the Regina Archdiocese in August 2017, and since then has been engaged in building relationships - primarily, but not exclusively - with other Christian denominations. Previous to Jesson, ecumenical activities were handled by staff who combined the task with other responsibilities. Jesson devotes his efforts to ecumenism full-time.

Much of the push for ecumenical activity comes from the covenant between the Regina Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle.  Signed January 23, 2011, by Anglican Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson and late Roman Catholic Archbishop Daniel Bohan, “it commits both to hold joint prayer services in each other’s Cathedral with the bishops alternating as...

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It was an evening of music performed by several choirs interspersed with comments about the psalms as Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen and Rabbi Jeremy Parnes continued their public discussions in areas of mutual interest. This time it was the psalms, specifically psalms 100,29,92, ,126,150,33 and 27 in that order.

Seated on chairs placed ahead of the steps leading to the sanctuary, they were angled so they could face each other and still be seen by the 150 people seated in the main body of the Cathedral.

The two alternated reading the psalms and explained the psalmists’ intent. After each reading one of several choral groups performed music and lyrics.

The Leo Morgan Community Choir with Parnes as Cantor led off the evening engaging the audience with their first piece. The Leo Morgan Community Choir is really the Choir of the Beth Jacob Synagogue. In a telephone conversation, the Rabbi explained Leo Morgan is a...

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By Frank Flegel

REGINA……Organizers were hoping for 60 but more than 100 registered for the first Anglican-Roman Catholic-Ukrainian Catholic Diaconate International conference held here May 10 -13 at Campion College, University of Regina. Delegates listened and took part in discussions as papers presented by known authors and scholars offered a variety of opinions about deacons and their role in their faith communities. Co-chairs Anglican Bishop of Qu’Appelle Robert Hardwick and Roman Catholic Archbishop of Regina Donald Bolen officially opened and closed the conference.

Joe Lang, a Roman Catholic deacon for 20 years, felt reaffirmed in his ministry after listening and taking part in all the discussions. “It was very interesting to hear the variety of ministries in all the faith communities.”  Conference Secretary Deacon Michael Jackson has served the Qu’Appelle Anglican Diocese for 41 years. “We learn so much from each other and experienced each other’s worship and...

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World Day of Prayer in Moose Jaw

Last updated on March 19, 2018

By: Rose Mary Hartney

World Day of Prayer 2018 was hosted by Church of Our Lady following the program, “All God’s Creation is Very Good”, prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Suriname.

The seven women of Suriname were portrayed by women representing various Moose Jaw congregations. The children’s choir from St. Mary’s School, assisted by members of The COOL Saturday Choir provided the music.  The reflection/meditation for the service was in the form of a dramatization written and presented by Michele Yeager and Debbie Burgher. Following the drama, people were invited to write words of individual commitment to protect God’s creation.

Fr. Jake Ibay and Rev. Linda Tomlinson-Seebach, Minto United Church read the Scriptures.

A reception followed the prayer service and featured the colours of the Suriname flag as depicted with tablecloths. The replica endangered turtles and flowers highlighted the tables....

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Purim Party at Beth Jacob Synagogue

Last updated on March 8, 2018


by Frank Flegel

The celebration of Purim is one of the most joyful holidays in the Jewish calendar. It celebrates a time in ancient Persia when the annihilation of the Jews was ordered by the king at the request of his Prime Minister Haman, but they were saved by the intervention of the beautiful Queen Esther.

The story is called the Megillat (the book of Esther) and is read in its entirety during the celebration.

It begins with the king appointing Haman, the richest man in the kingdom, as his Prime Minister. Haman’s inflated ego demands everyone bow before him but Mordechai, Esther’s cousin refuses. “I bow only to God,” he says. An enraged Haman orders gallows built on which he intends to hang Mordechai and prevails on the king to exterminate the Jews who, Haman convinces the king, plan to take over his kingdom.

The king had his wife executed for refusing to obey his orders to come and dance at a party, but...

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The Uncomfortable Pew

Last updated on February 12, 2018


FEBRUARY 7, 2018

By Frank Flegel

We are in a new era of Ecumenical culture, said Dr. Darren Dahl. He was addressing a small audience who were attending, on a very cold evening, a workshop at Regina’s Living Spirit Centre titled The Uncomfortable Pew. It was an appropriate location for the workshop in that the Centre houses three different Christian traditions: St. Phillips Anglican. East side United, and Bread of Life Lutheran. The workshop was a project of The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

Dahl said Ecumenism has progressed from the 1960s when people had no awareness of Christian traditions other than their own, to today where people more easily “move in and out of each other’s churches and places of worship, and that’s a good thing,” said Dahl. “However, this new ecumenical culture can produce situations of very uncomfortable pews.”  He gave the example of, after a lifetime of not entering Uncle Peter’s Greek Orthodox Church,...

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Highway to a Harmonius Canada

Last updated on February 2, 2018


JANUARY 28, 2018

By Frank Flegel


A video promoting Canada as a harmonious nation was premiered on World Religion Day, Sunday, January 28, in Luther College, University of Regina auditorium to an audience of invited guests. Initiated by the Regina Multi-Faith Forum and produced by Access Communications Regina, the video featured children representing a variety of cultures speaking briefly about a harmonious and inclusive Canada. Each held a replica of familiar highway signs but with an inclusive message: a stop sign that said Stop Racism; a yield sign that said yield to the rights of others, etc. Segments of the video showed the children playing and participating in prayer together, and showed short performances, mostly dance groups, from a variety of cultural organizations, also by children. The Regina observance of World Religion Day was moved to Luther College from Beth Jacob Synagogue this year to...

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Think for Actions request’s the government to designate January 29th as National Day of Remembrance & Action on Islamophobia

Calgary, AB, August 23, 2018
Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada have increased by 60% from 2014 to 2015, and 253% over four years, from up from 45 in 2012 to 159 in 2015. This attitude was one of the major factors that lead to the death of six and injured 19 others when Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire in a Quebec Masjid on January 29, 2017.
When Iqra Khalid, a member of parliament, tabled a motion before the House of Commons called Motion M103, she received more than 61,000 hate messages in 48 hours.
Canadian Community Engagement Study 2018 concludes:  

2/3rd of Canadians believe that the atmosphere towards Muslims in Canada is negative 2/3rd of Canadian’s want the government to invest resources towards reducing and eventually eliminating systemic racism and discrimination on... Read More


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445 Broad St. N.
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Saskatchewan CA
Nicholas Jesson
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306-352-1651 ext 220