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Twin Cities

Twin Cities

Initiatives in the Twin Cities


The Program supports a broad range of parish-based ecumenical events. It also offers consulting services to parishes on ecumenically sensitive issues pertaining to Orthodox-Catholic relations.

A Search for Solitude

"If I can unite in myself the thought and the devotion of Eastern and Western Christendom, the Greek and the Latin Fathers, the Russians with the Spanish mystics, I can prepare in myself the reunion of divided Christians. From that secret and unspoken unity in myself can eventually come a visible and manifest unity of all Christians. If we want to bring together what is divided, we cannot do so by imposing one division upon the other or absorbing one division into the other. But if we do this, the union is not Christian. It is political, and doomed to further conflict. We must contain all divided worlds in ourselves and transcend them in Christ."

Thomas Merton,

April 28, 1957, p. 87.