Author Archives: Matthew

PHOTO – Matthew Meeting Pope Francis

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, greets Pope Francis at the Basilica of St. Paul’s-Outside-the Walls in Rome for Papal Vespers at the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on 25 January 2022.

PHOTO – Remembrance Sunday at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome on 14 November

The Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, attended a Sung Eucharist service at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome on Remembrance Sunday, 14 November 2021. In additional to ecumenical guests, several members of the diplomatic community were also in attendance. Members of the Armed Forces and their families and those […]
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BLOG – MEOR Director Participates in Opening of Synod on Synodality

The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, was one of three fraternal delegates (i.e., delegates from non-Catholic churches) to participate in the opening of the Synod of Bishops on 9-10 October in the Vatican City State. In this historic moment, Pope Francis is leading an intentional, worldwide effort to reshape […]
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PHOTO – Methodists Meet Focolare Movement President

On the sidelines of the Sant’Egidio peace conference, MEOR director Rev. Matthew A. Laferty (left) and Revd Leao Neto (second from right), Interreligious Relations chair of the World Methodist Council, met the president of the Focoloare Movement Ms. Margaret Karram (second from left) and her colleague Focolarina Sandra Ferreira (right).

PHOTO – Methodists Participate in Sant’Egidio International Peace Conference on Fraternity and Ecology

Several Methodists attended the Sant’Egidio international interreligious peace conference in Rome that focused this year on human fraternity and ecology. Pictured left to right: Fr. Rolando Curzi from the Sant’Egidio Community, Revd Mirella Manocchio from the Methodist Churches in Italy, Revd Leao Neto from the World Methodist Council, and Rev. Matthew A. Laferty from the […]
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PHOTO – Celebrating 55 Years of Anglican Ecumenical Ministry in Rome

The Anglican Centre in Rome celebrated its 55th anniversary on 3 October 2021. Pictured left to right: Archbishop Ian Ernest from the Anglican Centre in Rome, Fr. Stefano Del Bove SJ from the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Reverend Dr. Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman from Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church of Rome, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the […]
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BLOG – Dialogue as a Tool of Unity

The Feast of Peter and Paul on June 29th is a major affair here in Rome. Both Peter and Paul were martyred in Rome, and their tombs remain to this day important pilgrimage sites. Many representations and icons of the two saints exist, but the Eastern Orthodox icon of Peter and Paul meeting and holding […]
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PHOTO – MEOR Director Meets Lutheran World Federation President, Leaders

MEOR director the Rev. Matthew A. Laferty met with the president, general secretary, and other leaders from the Lutheran World Federation during their visit to Rome, 25-27 June 2021. Rev. Laferty was a special guest at a lecture by LWF general secretary the Rev. Dr. Martin Junge at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas […]
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PHOTO – Rome-Based Church Leaders and Global Communions Representatives Gather

On 21 June 2021, MEOR director Matthew A. Laferty along with leaders from various churches and Christian communions met at St. Anselmo Monastery in Rome to discuss ways to strengthen prayer, friendship, and collaboration among Rome-based churches and global communion representatives. Pictured left to right: Msgr. Marco Gnavi from the Diocese of Rome, Rev. Laferty, […]
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PHOTO – MEOR Director and Vatican’s Ecumenical Cardinal Discuss Wesley’s Spiritual Experience at Aldersgate Street

At a luncheon at the Anglican Centre in Rome on 25 May 2021, MEOR director Matthew A. Laferty shared about John Wesley’s spiritual experience at Aldersgate Street on 24 May 1738 with H.Em. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Wesley, the founder of the Methodist revival, reluctantly attended a […]
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