The Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations has a mandate to assist and resource the Archbishop, the Auxiliary Bishops and other Clergy, and the people of the Archdiocese to ensure that ecumenism and inter-religious relations are organic elements of the life and mission of the Archdiocese pervading all that the Church is and does.
In order to carry out its mandate, the Council:
- promotes relations between the Catholic Church and other Christian Churches.
- initiates opportunities for and co-operates with other Christian traditions in ecumenical prayer.
- promotes local conversations and dialogues between the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions.
- promotes joint witness to the Christian faith by cooperation with other churches in education and social issues.
- works with appropriate bodies to prepare guidelines and policies on issues within the Council's mandate.
- promotes educational programs to support the Catholic community in ecumenical understanding and projects particularly for parishes, schools, young adults and other diocesan bodies.
- co-ordinates and promotes ecumenical programs for use in various ecumenical groups.
- fosters knowledge and understanding of the unique bond between Jews and Christians, and organises conversations and activities with the Jewish community.
- takes initiatives with people from other religious traditions to promote mutual understanding, respect, enrichment and cooperation for the greater good of all.
- represents the Archdiocese when appropriate on ecumenical and interreligious bodies.