Pulpit swaps, shared retreats, joint action on social issues and regular meetings between clergy are just some of the ideas for local expressions of unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics taking shape during an ecumenical summit in Canterbury and Rome. This afternoon, during a service in the monastery church of San Gregorio al Cielo, Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will commission 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops to implement local expressions of unity in their dioceses around the world.
Church of Divine Love-Divya Seva Asramaya is a Southern outpost of the Colombo Diocese of the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka. The mission is the outcome of the deep commitment and hard labour of two pioneering women, the late Constance Mendis Jayawardena and Beryl Weerasuriya who shared the love of Jesus Christ with the poverty stricken people of Urubokka. Today it is a vibrant and growing congregation.