Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to speak at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. A wonderful place with wonderful people led by Monsignor James Shay, a dynamic young university president if there ever was one.
UMary invited me to speak about ecumenical dialogue in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Unitatis Redintegratio, the Second Vatican Council's decree on ecumenical dialogue. Here's a video of my morning convocation for the students. After a lunch with the members of the Christian Leadership Conference--an ecumenical group of Protestant clergy from the Bismarck/Mandan area, I then delivered a lecture that night further exploring ecumenical dialogue and the legacy of Pope Paul VI and Pope Francis.
It was an honor to visit UMary and deliver these talks, but it was especially inspiring and challenging to meet so many people committed to their faith and their education and/or ministry. Recently First Things made mention of an ecumencial conference held at John Brown University in Arkansas. UMary is another place where this important work--which admittedly sees its share of disagreements--goes on. Christian unity is, along with works of mercy and evangelism, a primary concern of the Church. I am grateful to UMary for the invitation to make a contribution!