Author Archives: Matthew

PHOTO – World Day of Prayer, 5 March 2021

A strong Methodist presence at a small ecumenical World Day of Prayer service on Friday, 5 March 2021 for the people of Vanuatu held at the Anglican Centre in Rome. The service was by prepared by laywomen from Vanuatu. MEOR administrator Stefanie Gabuyo played violin for the service. MEOR director and Methodist representative to the […]
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PHOTOS – Visit to the Community of Sant’Egidio

I had a nice visit to the Sant’Egidio Community headquarters this evening. Founded in 1968 they are a Catholic lay association located in 70 countries and dedicated to prayer, peace, and service with the poor. In 1973 they were granted use of a beautiful former Carmelite monastery and adjoining church in the Trastevere neighborhood in […]
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PHOTO – Meeting with Interreligious Dialogue Council President Cardinal Ayuso

On 19 February 2021, the Reverend Matthew A. Laferty, representative of the World Methodist Council to the Holy See and director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, met H.E. Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, to discuss a number of topics related to interreligious dialogue. During their one […]
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PHOTOS – Solemnity of the Conversion of Saint Paul and Vespers for the Conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 25 January 2021

On 25 January 2021, I represented the World Methodist Council at the Vespers for the conclusion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Unfortunately, Pope Francis had recurrent sciatica and was unable to attend. H.E. Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical […]
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PHOTOS – Photos from ‘Bringing Voices Together’ prayer vigil

Photos from the ‘Bringing Voices Together’ prayer vigil. Photos by Kamla Harris.

VIDEO: ‘Bringing Voices Together’ – A Prayer Vigil for Christian Unity

The Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome, Centro Pro Unione, and Anglican Centre in Rome held a prayer vigil for Christian unity on Sunday, 17 January 2021 at the Chapel of St. Augustine of Canterbury in the Anglican Centre in Rome. Matthew A. Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome and representative of the World Methodist […]
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PODCAST: Season 1 of ‘Intentionally International’

In January 2020, I started a podcast called ‘Intentionally International’ with my friend and colleague Anitra Kitts who lives in Munich. Together Anitra and I explore the gifts, challenges, and quirks of English-speaking congregations in non-English-speaking countries. In our first season which was released (mostly) in November and December 2020, we explore what it means […]
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VIDEO: MEOR Intro Webinar on International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue on the Theme of Reconciliation

On 10 December 2020, Bishop John Sherrington and the Reverend Dr. David Chapman spoke about the international Methodist-Catholic bilateral dialogue and its recent discussions on the theme of reconciliation. The Reverend Matthew A. Laferty moderated the conversation.

INTERVIEW: Laferty Takes on Director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome

MEOR director Rev. Matthew A. Laferty was interviewed for the World Methodist Council’s newsletter First Friday Letter. The Rev. Matthew Laferty began his duties as the new Director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome (MEOR) in September. As he looks to the future, he shares his vision for MEOR includes several points. “First, the MEOR continues […]
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My Final Sunday at ESUMC Vienna

My final Sunday at the English-Speaking United Methodist Church was 16 August 2020. Photos by David Lee.