Session 2 Panel 4

Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity.

11:30 - 12:30    Panel 4: Marriage, the Family and the Search for Christian Unity.
(Hall 8D) - EN 🎧 IT

Moderator:  Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

•    Francesca and Filippio De Carlo, Mistero Grande, Italy 
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•    Nadia and Tony Fraga, Truro Anglican Church, USA 
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•    Deacon Jim Adams, ACCORD, Ireland 
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‘Marriages between Catholics and other baptized persons have their own particular nature, but they contain numerous elements that could well be made good use of and developed, both for their intrinsic value and for the contribution that they can make to the ecumenical movement.’ (AL 247). This panel discusses marriage as a place of fruitful and practical Christian Unity.


Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Born in Ireland, Bishop Farrell studied for the Catholic priesthood in Spain, Italy and the United States, and was ordained in 1969. After ministry in various pastoral roles and in seminary formation, mostly in the United States, he entered the service of the Vatican Secretariat of State in 1981. He earned a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in 1983, with a thesis on sacramental relations between divided Christians. In December 2002 he was appointed titular bishop of Abitinae and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, as well as Vice-President of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. In this capacity he organizes the activities of the Council, in particular the various international theological dialogues with ecumenical partners. He personally takes part in some of these international dialogues and frequently participates in official visits and delegations to the various Christian Churches.

Francesca and Filippio De Carlo, Mistero Grande, Italy

Filippo De Carlo and Francesca Bini are Italian. They have three sons Giovanni Anna and Chiara. Filippo has a degree in engineering and is an associate professor of industrial plant at the University of Florence. Francesca has a degree in Pharmacy and works in Pharmaceutical information technology. Since their marriage in 2001 they have engaged in the formation of engaged couples. In April 2011 they met the Mistero Grande project participating in a training seminar for couples and from that moment they continued to attend the training opportunities offered by it. They currently coordinate the international team. Currently they are included in the family pastoral team of the diocese of Prato, where they work in the formation of couples for the Sacrament of Marriage.

Nadia and Tony Fraga, Truro Anglican Church, USA

Tony & Nadia Fraga have been married for 13 years and have engaged in domestic ministry and outreach to the next generation for most of their married life.  They reside just outside Washington D.C.. In addition to hosting many events in their home for young adults, they have had shared their home with 13 people over the past 9 years. They have spoken at various events that work to build bridges among communities and parishes interested in the domestic church and nuptial theology. They love sharing realistic ways in which singles and married couples can live "missional" community. Tony currently manages a small marketing firm in Fairfax City, Virginia. Nadia is a full time homemaker and recently began homeschooling their four children (Tony (10), Isabelle (8), Andreas (6), and Rafael (3).

Deacon Mr Jim Adams, ACCORD, Ireland 

Rev Jim Adams is a deacon in the Archdiocese of Dublin. A graduate of All Hallows and Mater Dei Dublin, Jim was in the first group of permanent Deacons ordained in Ireland. He was appointed to serve in the parish of St Joseph the Artisan in Bonnybrook and since 2017 serves in St Brigid’s parish Dublin 15. Jim is married to Monica and they will celebrate their ruby wedding anniversary in December, they have four children and two grandchildren. He is an administrator for a charity that works to ensure that people with disability can enjoy equal rights, choices and opportunities in how they live their lives. He is a volunteer with Special Olympics Ireland and a mentor in the Athlete Leadership Programme.  Jim joined ACCORD (The marriage and relationship support service of the Catholic Church) in 2004 and since then has worked as a facilitator delivering marriage preparation courses throughout the Greater Dublin area. 




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