The Christian Unity Week Service will be held this year on
Tuesday 21st January 2020 at 7.30pm in St. Patrick’s Church.
The address will be given by Fr. Gerry O’Hanlon. All are welcome.
Gerry O’Hanlon entered the Jesuits in 1965, having been to school in Belvedere College. He was ordained in 1978 and taught Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute from the early 80s until 1997. He has written several books and many articles, often on the themes of social theology and church renewal. Since 2005 he has been at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice where he continues to engage in theological reflection, with a particular focus on the Great Recession and on Church reform. He has served on several Episcopal bodies – as part of the inter-Church Ballymascanlon talks in the 80s and 90s, and more recently on the Council for Justice and Peace.
The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo.
On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on their islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer.
Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.