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Sr. Joan McGuire

About the Blogger

Sr. Joan McGuire, O.P. was the Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and is now retired. She has been engaged in ecumenical and interreligious relations in the Archdiocese since 1987. Sr. McGuire is a member of the newly merged Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Blog posts by Sr. Joan McGuire

  • Monday, May 27, 2013

    “What Does God Require of Us?” (Micah 6:8)


  • Monday, May 28, 2012

    Ecumenical Sunday Prayer Service

    What if, members of hundreds of local Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic churches filled the pews in St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 2226 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60647 for the 2012 Annual Ecumenical Prayer for Christian Unity observance on June 3, 2012 from 4 to 6 o’clock? This would take 1500 of us. Be one of the 1500!


  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012: Up-close and Local/Think globally-Act locally

    The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated between the symbolic feasts of St. Peter (January 18th) and of St. Paul (January 25th), has a very local focus in 2012.  This will allow Catholics in the Archdiocese and their ecumenical neighbors to get up-close and pray together in a church hosting a WPCU ecumenical service in their area.


  • Monday, November 14, 2011

    Pilgrims of Peace; Pilgrims of Truth - Assisi Style - in Italy and Chicago!

    On October 27, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI hosted over 300 delegates, including believers from the world's religions as well as non-believers. These delegates, representing billions of both believers and non-believers, gathered to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 first Assisi Day of Peace called by Pope John Paul II.


  • Monday, September 05, 2011

    September 11: A Time for Interreligious Remembering and Observing

    As the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, our thoughts go back to that day ten years ago. Gathered with others around a TV at the Pastoral Center on Superior Street, I remember especially the concern of Joan Maxwell until she heard that her son, who often conducted business at the Trade Center, was safe. Throughout the day people prayed for those who were not safe or were suffering: the victims, their loved ones and the responders.


  • Monday, January 17, 2011

    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Hope for the Church - Hope for the world

    What If the two billion Christians who have been invited by the World Council of Churches and the Vatican prayed daily for Christian Unity during the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from Tuesday, January 18 to Tuesday January 25, 2011?


  • Monday, November 15, 2010

    Christians in Iraq: Who are they? How long have they been there? How can we help?

    The people of Iraq have endured warfare and embargoes for decades.  The recent tragic attack on the Syrian Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad reflects the increased sufferings of Iraqi Christians today.


  • Monday, January 18, 2010

    Christians Worldwide Pray for Christian Unity

    Since 1966, the leaders of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and of the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission have collaborated annually in preparing and inviting one and a half billion Anglican, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Christians to pray for Christian Unity during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


  • Monday, October 12, 2009

    Reasons to Celebrate! Reasons to Pray!

    For over a hundred years, Christians throughout the world have gathered to pray for Christian unity.  To witness to other Christians and to the world, they mark January 18 – 25 of each year as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  As we prepare to celebrate the 2010 Week of Prayer in the parishes and schools of our Archdiocese, I call to your attention both the Church’s three major divisions that occurred around the years 500, 1000 and 1500, and the successful efforts over the past two decades to mend these centuries-old doctrinal divisions within the Church, the Body of Christ.