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The attainment of union is the concern of the whole Church, faithful and shepherds alike. This concern extends to everyone, according to his or her talent, whether it be exercised in his or her daily Christian life or in his or her theological and historical research. This concern itself reveals already to some extent the bond of brotherhood between all Christians and it helps toward that full and perfect unity which God in His kindness wills.

—Decree of the Second Vatican Council on Ecumenism
Unitatis Redintegratio

The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these [non-Christian] religions...The Church, therefore, exhorts her children, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these people.

—Declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Relgions
Nostra Aetate


 

About the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

The Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs serves the Archdiocese as a resource to the Archbishop and the various offices of the Archdiocese in all matters of ecumenical and interreligious issues. The Director is a representative to the various Christian, Jewish and non-Christian communities in the greater Los Angeles area as well as a developer and coordinator of bilateral and multilateral official dialogue in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, was born in Los Angeles. He obtained his Undergraduate studies in the field of International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree with High Distinction from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Mass. In 1987 he was ordained as a Melkite Greek Catholic Priest and appointed Administrator of Saint Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church and Saint Paul Melkite Greek Catholic Mission in El Segundo, Calif.

On June 6, 1994 Cardinal Roger Mahony appointed Fr. Alexei Smith as his Principal Liaison and Personal Representative to the Orthodox Roman Catholic Dialogue. On October, 1997 he was elected to the Council of Priests of the Eparchy of Newton. In 1999 he became Vice Chairman of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and appointed Chair of the Priestly Life and Ministry Committee. That same year he was appointed Protopresbyter of the Western Region of the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton by Bishop John Adel Elya. In November 2000, Cardinal Roger Mahony appointed Rev. Alexei Smith the Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Contact

Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith: frarsmith@la-archdiocese.org

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