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Contact: Gary Makowski

About us

The Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission (EIC) welcomes our parishioners, our Covenant communities and people of all faiths who are interested in learning more about the ecumenical and interfaith activities of St. Louise parish in particular, and of the Catholic Church in general.

One of our goals is to become a resource for St. Louise parishioners and our Christian community in Bellevue who wish to learn more about what we are doing to fulfill the spirit of Vatican II and the specific directives of the papal ecumenical encyclical, "Ut Unum Sint" (That They May Be One, promulgated May 25, 1995), which enjoins Catholics to work toward Christian unity.

We hope to be a tool for promoting healing, harmony and understanding between all Christians and our Jewish brothers and sisters, recognizing that "the true revelation of the Hebrew Bible which Christians revere as God's Word was given to the Church through the Jewish people and that as Christians we affirm that our own faith in God began in the call of Abraham, Moses and the Jewish prophets."*

We are dedicated to the betterment of interfaith relations with our Muslim bretheren, celebrating our unity as decendents of Abraham and worship of the one true God.

We also hope to invite followers of other world religions, and all people of good will, to recognize the sincerity and openness of our Catholic tradition, so that they might experience unity with us where possible, as well as mutual understanding and trust, even where differences may divide us.










Statement by Archbishop Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo on vandalism at Temple De Hirsch Sinai

On behalf of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Seattle, we express deep sorrow and solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters following the vandalism of Temple De Hirsch Sinai this past weekend. Our community stands with our neighbors who have been subjected to such a senseless and hateful crime. Sadly, this local attack is among several recent anti-Semitic actions in the United States. Such crimes must be rejected because they threaten to divide people of faith and undermine liberty for all. In solidarity with the Jewish community – “our elder brothers in the faith of Abraham” – we look forward in hope to the day when the darkness of religious hatred will be transformed by the light of our loving God.

Our traditional Joint Blessing of Palms will be held at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 8:30am. Please join us as with process from St. Louise with palms to Cross of Christ or join us there at 8:30. All are welcome to participate in this annual event. Questions? Kathy Riley 425-214-5466 or Gary Makowski 425-641-8303.


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