In 1908, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, and Mother Lurana White, SA, co-founders of the Society of the Atonement at Graymoor, celebrated the first Church Unity Octave, an eight-day period of prayers and seminars focusing on the cause of Christian unity from January 18-25, 1908. They wrote letters and articles encouraging others to pray with them “that all may be one … that the world may believe” (John 17:21). In the late 1960s, the Octave was joined with other prayer movements to form what is now observed worldwide as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Fr. Thomas Orians, SA, Associate Director of Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute (GEII) explains the theme for 2014. “Being faithful to Christ’s desire for the unity of his disciples has led to this year’s theme which focuses on Saint Paul’s provocative question in 1 Corinthians,“
In 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since 1968, these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute.
English and Spanish posters, prayer cards, bulletin cover art, and other printed materials can be ordered from GEII directly for the Week of Prayer which will take place from January 18-25, 2014. Materials for congregations now can be requested with convenient secure online ordering at http://www.geii.org/
The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement are a Roman Catholic order of brothers and priests founded in 1898 by Fr. Paul Wattson, SA at Graymoor in Garrison. Since that time, the Friars have worked for reconciliation and healing through “at-one-ment”