The Catholic University of America

August 6, 2008

CUA Dean Appointed Member of USCCB-United Methodist Church Dialogue

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin

Monsignor Kevin W. Irwin, dean of Catholic University's School of Theology and Religious Studies, has been appointed as a member of the Catholic delegation of the historic United States Conference of Catholic Bishops-United Methodist Church Dialogue.

Appointed by the bishops' conference, Monsignor Irwin will serve for four years as part of round eight of the dialogue, which has been underway for almost 40 years. Monsignor Irwin, along with four other Catholic scholars and five United Methodist scholars, will take up the theme of the Eucharist and the stewardship of God's creation during a series of eight semi-annual meetings in different cities around the United States.

In a letter to Monsignor Irwin, Most Rev. Richard J. Sklba, auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee and chair of the bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, noted that the CUA dean's participation in the dialogue "will help advance the unity that Christ wills for his Church.

"As an eminent theologian and as the dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America, your experience and expertise are a great blessing to this dialogue," the letter noted.

The 10 scholars, along with a co-chair and a staff member from both the Catholic and United Methodist churches, will meet in Washington, D.C., in December and present papers on themes related to environmental theology and to Eucharistic theology and practice as it applies to the theme of caring for God's creation.