Towards Christian Unity
The members of the Commission meet regularly to share news from around the Diocese, to promote information and events, and to strengthen bonds with other Christian traditions. The Commission links with the Provincial Ecumenical Commission for Wales.
Canon William Isaac RIP
Canon William Isaac was the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer for the Archdiocese of Cardiff and was a valued member of the Archdiocesan Commission for Christian Unity.
His commitment to ecumenical dialogue and the work for the unity of Christians was an essential part of his character and he was always encouraging and supportive of our work. He brought with him great experience of working with other churches in the parishes in which he had served. As a Commission, we benefited greatly from his wisdom and understanding, and will miss his presence at our meetings.
In a ‘Book of Memories’, compiled shortly after Canon William’s death, the parish of St Teilo’s has collected warm tributes from members of his local churches’ partnership and from further away. They all speak of his warmth and humour as well as his welcome when Christians came to worship and pray together.
As the Diocesan Ecumenical Officer, Canon Isaac represented the Catholic Church in national ecumenical dialogues. He was a valued member of the English and Welsh Anglican Roman Catholic dialogue, as the tributes from Church leaders showed.
The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, chairs the Commission and sent this message of condolence:
I was so sorry to hear about the recent death of Canon William Isaac. Over the last few years Canon William made a really welcome contribution to our dialogue and it was important (as well as enjoyable) to have such insightful and committed input from the Roman Catholic Church in Wales via Canon William.
Right Revered Robert Byrne CO, Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, and former National Ecumenical Officer of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference said:
I am very sad to hear the news of Canon William’s death. I am sure William will be greatly missed in the Welsh church and beyond.
And from the Right Reverend Christopher Foster, Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth:
Canon William was a valued member of the English and Welsh Anglican Roman Catholic Committee and we will miss him. Our conversations – and our relaxation – will be the poorer without him.
May he Rest in Peace
Carys Whelan, Chair of the Archdiocese of Cardiff Commission for Christian Unity.
Towards Christian Unity
The Commission for Christian Unity has recently published a small book, entitled ‘Towards Christian Unity’, to mark the fiftieth celebration of the Decree Unitatis Redintegratio (The Restoration of Unity) which was promulgated on 21st November 1964 by the Second Vatican Council.
The book was recently launched at the Eisteddfod. The photograph shows Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff and Bishop Emeritus Edwin Regan of Wrexham.