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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Anglicans in Aquitaine make ecumenical relations a priority

Ecumenical activity is a central feature of our Chaplaincy of the Aquitaine, as it is, indeed, across the diocese. Anglicans in this region of France, recalling that Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one (John 17:11), make working good relationships with Christians of other denominations a matter of priority.

The chaplain of Aquitaine, the Revd Paul Vrolijk, (at the lectern above) reported recently on just some of the ecumenical encounters of the last 2 months:

  • an October 11 meeting with Roman Catholic and Protestant clergy, followed by a Eucharist in Agen Cathedral to mark the 50th anniversary of Vatican II 
  • an ecumenical service in Ste Foy la Grande with Roman Catholic and Protestant clergy for the regional meeting of ACAT, Action des Chrétiens pour l'Abolition de la Torture (photo above) 
  • A service on 21 November when Anglicans were able to welcome Mgr Hubert Herbreteau, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Agen in Dondas (photo below). 

Anglicans in the Aquitaine are thankful for the generosity of the Roman Catholic Church in allowing the use of many of their buildings for our regular worship services, and to the Eglise Evangélique Libre in Bergerac who allow us to use their building for Church Council meetings and parish training sessions of all kinds.

The Anglican Chaplaincy of Aquitaine website is here.

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