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Welcome to the website of the Interchurch Families International Network.

(Feature article can be found below.)

This site provides rich resources for the journey to Chrtistian unity which interchurch families live. Of these, the Journal, produced over a period of more than 10 years, and reflecting the experiences of interchurch families and the theology which undergirds their journey, must be counted among the most valuable.

The Interchurch Families International Discussion Group enables us to share joys and sorrows, to discuss ways of dealing with immediate issues which arise as a consequence of living our marital unity within churches which are divided.  Feel free to join.

Enjoy and, if you have comments or questions, please contact me, Ray Temmerman, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Letter from Bishop Michael Putney

Greetings from the Bishop of Townsville, and 
Chair of the Australian Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, 
Michael Putney 

I regret that I cannot join you and other delegates at the Interchurch Families International Conference in Newcastle in August this year. Unfortunately I will be Cologne with a delegation of young people from my diocese to World Youth Day. I am happy to say that our diocese will be represented at the conference by Giordano & Annette Laguna.

Your conference is very important for two reasons.

Firstly, Interchurch families bear the pain and the difficulties of the division between Christian churches in a more intense way than most other Christians. Therefore they deserve the support of their churches and whatever assistance and encouragement can be given. Secondly, they are also a gift to the ecumenical movement. The experience of Interchurch Families is both a source of inspiration and education and a constant challenge to those involved in the ecumenical movement. For these two reasons, your conference will be a very important contribution both to the ecumenical movement and also to the pastoral care which we hope Australian churches will increasingly offer to Interchurch Families.

I pray that God will bless your conference and each of the delegates.

Bishop Michael Putney
President, Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations