Malines Group Meets in Boston

Adapted from Boston College’s Office of News & Public Affairs

An international group of 16 prominent Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians and church leaders gathered at Boston College March 22-26 for the third annual meeting of the Malines Conversation Group, a grassroots forum committed to dialogue and unity.

The group takes its name from the Malines Conversations hosted in the 1920s by Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Archbishop of Mechelen (Malines)-Brussels. The Malines Conversations were resurrected in Belgium in 2013. Another meeting followed in England in 2014. This is the group’s first meeting in the United States.

Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin, CSsR, and The Right Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop of Indianapolis, made a joint presentation March 24.

The Malines Conversation Group’s patrons are Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, and the Rt. Rev. Lord Williams of Oystermouth Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury.

This year’s participants:


  • The Rev. Jennifer Cooper, lecturer in theology, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, and member of the faculty of theology, Oxford University
  • The Rev. James Hawkey, precentor of Westminster Abbey, London, and dean-elect of Clare College, Cambridge University
  • The Rev. Simon Jones, chaplain and fellow of Merton College, Oxford University
  • The Most Rev. Sir David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See, Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, and co-Chair of ARCIC III
  • The Rev. Michael Nai-Chiu Poon, director and Asian Christianity coordinator of the Centre for the Study of Christianity in Asia at Trinity Theological College in Singapore
  • The Rev. Canon David Richardson, former representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See and former director of the Anglican Centre in Rome
  • The Rev. Austin K. Rios, rector of St. Paul’s Church, Rome
  • The Rev. Canon Nicholas Sagovsky, former canon theologian at Westminster Abbey, London

Roman Catholics

  • The Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Bishop of Saskatoon
  • The Rev. Anthony Currer, Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity
  • Joris Geldhoff, professor of liturgical studies and sacramental theology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Maryana Hnyp, theological faculty of the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Paul Murray, professor of systematic theology, University of Durham, member of ARCIC III
  • The Rev. Keith F. Pecklers, SJ, professor of liturgy at the Pontifical Gregorian University and a professor of liturgical history at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome
  • The Rev. Thomas Pott, OSB, Monastery of Chevetogne, Belgium; professor of sacramental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome
  • The Rev. Cyrille Vael, OSB, Monastery of Cheveteogne, Belgium

Image: During an ecumenical gathering in Indianapolis, Bishop Catherine Waynick greets Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. • Archdiocese of Indianapolis photo

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