Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Screenings

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A Special Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Event

Watch the film and then hear from panelists reflecting on topics of Christian unity and answering participant questions. All are invited to join online via livestream. Registration is free but required. Tax-deductible donations are appreciated to help cover expenses. 

Friday, January 21: 1 p.m. EST

Panelists are Dcn. Johannes Fichtenbauer and Martin Buehlmann.

The live stream will begin at 12:50 p.m. for you to log on; the screening starts right at 1 p.m. 

Saturday, January 22: 7 p.m. EST

Panelists are Dr. Scott Kelso and Dr. David Cole.

The live stream will begin at 6:50 p.m. for you to log on; the screening starts right at 7 p.m. 

Sunday, January 23: 12:30 p.m. EST

Panelists are Walter Matthews and Richard Roberts.

The live stream will begin at 12:20 p.m. for you to log on; the screening starts right at 12:30 p.m. 

Monday, January 24: 7 p.m. EST

Panelists are Dr. Mary Healy and Dr. Randy Clark.

The live stream will begin at 6:50 p.m. for you to log on; the screening starts right at 7 p.m. 

An Invitation to Deeper Unity

 Each year between January 18th and 25th Christians of every tradition set aside that week to pray for deeper unity in the Body of Christ. Over the last seven years our team has been working on a project to help foster authentic ecumenical activity on a grassroots level.
 
Awakening the Domestic Church and CMAX Media have created a trilogy of films to help you create an atmosphere where grassroots relationships between Christians in your local area can develop, thrive and transform the culture. This trilogy of films start with our newly released documentary The Preacher to the Popes: Raniero Cantalamessa. It has already received international acclaim from ecumenical leaders.
 
It is our hope that, during this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, you will partner with us to encourage your parishioners to gather with their friends and watch the film at one of the four special showings with panelist discussions via live stream for participation from anywhere around the world. All four screenings and discussions are free for participants.
 
The panelists for the different screenings are worldwide leaders from different Christian faith traditions, always with two different traditions represented in each pair of panelists. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a worldwide event for Christian Unity!

Learn more about the Trilogy of Films

To learn more about the trilogy of films that Awakening the Domestic Church and CMAX Media have created, please click on the attached links to each title.

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Download the endorsement letter from Bishop Knestout.

Read the articles on the Catholic Virginian and Catholic Link.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Screening Panelists

Dcn. Johannes Fichtenbauer

Born 1956 in Vienna, Austria.  MA in Theology and 15 years of teaching fundamental theology. Served for more than 20 years as Head Deacon and director for the training of permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Vienna under Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. Married to Christi for more than 40 years. Five adult children and seven grandchildren. Involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) since the 1970’s. Currently Johannes serves as a member of the “International Service of Communion” to coordinate through CHARIS the spread of the CCR worldwide. The couple cofounded an ecumenical covenant community in Vienna. Since also more than 20 years Johannes serves as the President of the “European Network of Communities” (ENC) – a “Family” of more than hundred communities in East- and West-Europe. As the chairman of the “Weg der Versöhnung” (Path for Reconciliation) Johannes pioneered for more than 30 years a reconciliation process between the Catholic Church and the Evangelical free-churches in Austria. In this capacity he is also serves as one of the leaders of the ecumenical initiative “Together for Europe”. Johannes is the European Director of “Toward Jerusalem Council II” and one of the International Elders. This initiative works for reconciliation between the Christians from the nations and the Messianic-Jewish believers. He is also a member of the semi-official dialogue between the Messianic Jews and the Vatican since the year 2000.

Panelist on Friday screening at 1 p.m. ET

Martin Buehlmann

Martin Buehlmann and his wife, Georgia, serve as National Directors for the Vineyard Movement in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They also lead the Berlin Vineyard and are members of the Vineyard International Executive that serves the worldwide network of over 1,500 churches. Martin is involved in dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches and also a member of Together for Europe, a European ecumenical movement for the renewal of faith in Europe. Martin and Georgia have five children.

Panelist on Friday screening at 1 p.m. ET

Dr. David Cole

David Cole is Provost and Professor of Historical Theology at The King’s University in Southlake, Texas.  For over 30 years he has been an ordained minister with Open Bible Churches, a Pentecostal denomination.  He engages in ecumenism with the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America, serving as Chair of their Christian Unity Commission, and is also the Pentecostal Co-Secretary for the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue.

Panelist on Saturday screening at 7 p.m. ET

Walter Matthews

Walter Matthews is the former Executive Director for the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the United States.  He served in that position from January 1993 to his retirement on December 31, 2020.  He began working for the National Service Committee as Associate Director in May 1984. He currently serves on the CHARIS National Service of Communion, in response to Pope Francis’ establishment of CHARIS on the international level in 2019.  He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Charismatic Leaders Fellowship, an ecumenical group dating to 1970.  Finally, Matthews serves on the Catholic Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the US in Conversation under the leadership of Bishop Sam Jacobs.

He is a native of New York City and is married to the former Claire Casey (1978).  The Matthews have three adult children, all of whom are married, and five grandchildren.  The Matthews live in Locust Grove, Virginia.

Panelist on Sunday screening at 12:30 p.m. ET 

Richard Roberts

Richard and Norma Roberts live in the southwest of England. They have been involved with the New Charismatic (‘non-denominational’) Churches since the late 1970s. Since 2012 Richard has been engaged in official contact with the Vatican and has produced a document describing the New Churches, now published on the Vatican website. He helps organize the Gathering in the Holy Spirit (Rome), the Charismatic Leaders Fellowship (USA) and is a trustee of Ffald y Brenin retreat centre in Wales. He is the author of Cultivating God’s Presence: Renewing Ancient Practices for Today’s Church.

Panelist on Sunday screening at 12:30 p.m. ET 

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy is professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and a bestselling author and international speaker. She is a general editor of the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture and author of two of its volumes, The Gospel of Mark and Hebrews. Her other books include The Spiritual Gifts Handbook and Healing. Dr. Healy serves the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian unity as a member of the Pentecostal-Catholic International Dialogue. She was appointed by Pope Francis as one of the first three women ever to serve on the Pontifical Biblical Commission.

Panelist on Monday screening at 7:00 p.m. ET 

Dr. Randy Clark

Dr. Randy Clark is the overseer of the Apostolic Network of Global Awakening and the founder of Global Awakening Theological Seminary. He is best known for helping spark the move of God now affectionately labeled “the Toronto Blessing.” In the years since, his influence has grown as an international speaker. Noted primarily for revival, healing and impartation, Randy’s message is simple: “God wants to use you.”

Panelist on Monday screening at 7:00 p.m. ET 

Your Hosts

Saint Nicholas Catholic Church

Thank you to our local host, Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, for hosting! While winter weather prevents us from holding these screenings in person, we are grateful to the church and will be back for a screening in the church in the future!

“Our mission is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by celebrating our faith and sharing our time, talent and treasures with others in the service of the Kingdom of God.”

Dcn. Darrell Wentworth

Deacon Darrell Wentworth is a Catholic deacon in the Diocese of Richmond. He is the Senior Facilitator for Awakening the Domestic Church, serves within many ecumenical and evangelistic groups, and is the Executive Producer on the film The Preacher to the Popes: Raniero Cantalamessa. 

Deacon Darrell Wentworth is the emcee for all the screenings and discussions.

Ashley Zahorian, M.F.A.

Ashley Zahorian, M.F.A., is the director and a producer on The Preacher to the Popes: Raniero Cantalamessa. She is the President and C.E.O. of CMAX Media Corp. and has directed or produced a wide-variety of media. She was a producer and director on FantomWorks, the most watched car reality tv show in the world. Before entering media production full-time, she served as a youth minister at Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church. She and her husband Raymond have four children. 

Ashley Zahorian will be present at all screenings for questions. 

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