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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

The Diocese of Toledo supports local initiatives that express the Catholic commitment to the ecumenical movement, interreligious dialogue, and interfaith relations. The Diocese cultivates mutual understanding, respect, and common witness in cooperation with other Christian churches and faith communities throughout Northwest Ohio. The Diocese also offers ongoing education about ecumenism and interfaith relations for the clergy, consecrated religious, and lay faithful of the Diocese. Directives and initiatives on the national and universal levels serve as a guide for ongoing formation.

The Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations is appointed by the Bishop of Toledo and serves as chairperson of the Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Commission. This officer works in collaboration with the Bishop and various Diocesan departments in order to reach the local community of Christians and the wider faith community in Northwest Ohio. The coordinator advises the Bishop, clergy, consecrated religious, and lay faithful regarding the Church's official position on ecumenical and interfaith concerns. The coordinator also promotes ongoing initiatives recommended on the national or universal level. It is a part-time position; therefore, the coordinator seeks to do this work in collaboration with the commission and other resource people within and beyond the Diocese.

Members of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Commission are appointed by the Bishop and are responsible for stimulating local events, activities, and opportunities among the people of the Diocese. The commission seeks to become aware of what is going on locally, support such activities, and encourage further development where needed. Thus commission members do not regard themselves as the exclusive or even primary ecumenical and interfaith ministers of the Diocese but enablers of such ministry.

Reverend Kent R. Kaufman

Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Department of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations

Chairperson of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Commission

Pastor, Saint Charles Borromeo Parish
2200 W. Elm Street
Lima, OH 45805

kkaufman@st-charles.org

Diocesan Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Commission

Rev. Kent R. Kaufman
Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
Chairperson of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Commission
Pastor, Saint Charles Borromeo Parish
2200 W. Elm Street
Lima, OH 45805
kkaufman@st-charles.org
419-666-1393, ext. 105

Rev. Ronald Brickner
Pastor, Saint Mary Parish
731 Exchange St.
Vermilion, OH 44089
frombinga@hotmail.com
440-967-8711


Rev. David R. Bruning
Pastor, Saint Caspar Parish
1205 North Shoop Ave.
Wauseon, OH 43567
drbruning2002@yahoo.com
419-337-2322


Ms. Judy Warntz
Parish Ecumenical and Interfaith Representative
Saint Joan of Arc Parish, Toledo
6933 Greentree Lane
Maumee, OH 43537
jwarntz9877@att.net
419-867-1227

Last updated August 2016