The Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held in January. Until a few years ago I knew nothing about this amazing global prayer movement. I first heard about it by visiting the Center for Unity in Rome in March, 2011. I then learned even more by a visit to the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute in Garrison, New York in June of 2011. Through Graymoor I learned of a publication that I read with great joy called, Ecumenical Trends. You can find the magazine and the work of Graymoor at www.GEII.org.

For those who live in Chicago I would like to personally invite you to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with me on Saturday, January 19, at the K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Hall, which is adjacent to the Focolare Center, 5001 S. Greenwood, Chicago. The program begins at 7:00 pm at K.A.M., which is located in Hyde Park in Chicago. (This is near the residence of President Obama if you are not aware of the location.)

The theme the international commission chose for this year is: “What does God require of us?” (cf. Micah 6:6-8). The Focolare program on January 19 will consist of prayers, songs and witnesses of life. I have been asked to be the main speaker at this unique event. The description the Focolare gave about me reads as follows: “The main homilist will be Rev. John Armstrong, an Evangelical author and teacher at Wheaton College, Founder and President of ACT3, a great ecumenical initiative that you will love to hear about.”

You are welcome to bring family, friends and fellow parishioners to this evening prayer and worship event.

If you need any additional information call the Focolare House at (773) 285-2746, or email them at midwest@focolare.us.