In Memoriam

Requiescat in pace

In memory of their dedication to ecumenism, Christian unity and reconciliation

Rev. Dr. Paul A. Crow, Jr.


The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and the Staff of the Centro Pro Unione join the Family of Paul Crow and the Disciples of Christ in rejoicing for having known and worked with Paul on many occasions. We join in the sadness at the loss of a dedicated ecumenist. We share the announcement of his passing to all of our friends:
It is with great sadness that the Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministry announces the death of the Rev. Dr. Paul A. Crow, Jr., who had been a champion for the ecumenical movement.
Ms. Mary Crow and her family ask that we share the following statement:
We are celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Paul A. Crow, Jr. in his death and resurrection on Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 11:30 pm. He served as President of the Council on Christian Unity (Now Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministry) for 25 years, which thus enabled him to give expression to his passion in seeking Christian unity – which was the “polar star “ of his ministry – and his love for Christ’s Church. We remember him lovingly in the words of scripture, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Mt. 25:21)
Dr. Crow was a long-time friend, colleague, and mentor to many Disciples and ecumenical friends as he offered significant leadership for over 40 years in promoting the unity of all Christians and the oneness of Christ’s church in its local, regional, national, and international expressions. Dr. Crow helped to define and shape the ecumenical movement in many ways – especially in nurturing seminary students and younger pastors in understanding their call to a ministry that includes the vision of unity and reconciliation as the “matrix for mission” in our world today.
We are in gratitude to God for the life and ministry of God’s servant, Paul A. Crow, Jr.

Read more:
Dr. Crow, Ecumenical Giant, Passed Away

Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministry (CUIM)

Metr. Ioannis (John) Zizioulas


The Centro Pro Unione wishes to acknowlege the great contribution that Metr. Ioannis (John) Zizioulas, Metropolitain of Pergamon, has made to the cause of Christian Unity. His heritage of theological finesse in dealing with difficult issues as well as his desire to find a way forward for the good of the People of God and the unity of the Church of God will remain a beacon of hope for all Christian people. His particular friendship shown to the Centro and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement by his frequent visits and lectures will be a constant reminder his passion for the unity of the Church and an encouragement for our ministry of reconciliation and Christian unity. May he rest in peace.
Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.