Category Archives: Blog

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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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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VIDEO – History of the International Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue from 1967-2006 by Ms. Gillian Kingston from the Methodist Church in Ireland

Matthew A. Laferty organized a lecture by Mrs. Gillian Kingston, a laywoman from the Methodist Church in Ireland and the vice president of the World Methodist Council, on 23 March 2021. She presented on the history of the international Methodist-Catholic bilateral dialogue from 1967 to 2006 in a webinar entitled, “From Denver to Dublin, from […]
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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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Nuevo director de la oficina metodista ecuménica en Roma

Por CMM*Traduccion y adaptacion: Rev. Gustavo Vasquez ** 7 de mayo de 2020  El Rev. Matthew Laferty fue designado como Director de la Oficina Ecuménica Metodista de Roma (MEOR) y comenzara su servicio el próximo 1 de septiembre.  Laferty dice que está emocionado por esta nueva oportunidad “Tengo un gran interés en la unidad cristiana […]
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All Roads Lead to Rome

This past week Bishop Tracy S. Malone announced that I will receive a new appointment in the autumn. Beginning 1 September 2020, I will be the director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome, Italy. The mission of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome is to foster relations between the global Methodist family and the Roman […]
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Preachers’ Perspectives in Pandemic

During Eastertide 2020, I am hosting and editing a special podcast series called “Preachers’ Perspectives in Pandemic” with my colleague Dorothee Büürma. Dorothee is the pastor of the Salzburg United Methodist Church. The podcast series focuses on preachers’ viewpoints on Scripture (mostly Gospel lessons from the Sunday lectionary) during Eastertide and the COVID-19 pandemic. I […]
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