"A play program for fathers and their young children launched in Saint John, N.B., this fall  is the second project in the world to have started under an international Anglican-Roman Catholic partnership for mission. 'Dads and Tots', which began as a pilot project October 13 , will see a small group of fathers gather to play with their kids, aged 3-5, Saturday mornings under the guidance of two parenting mentors. The goals of the program are to help fathers -- especially, but not necessarily, single ones -- from some of the poorest areas of the city build their parenting skills, says the Rev. John Paul Westin, rector of St. John's Anglican Church (also known as the Stone Church), where the sessions will initially be held". "The project has its origins in a 2016 summit organized by the International Anglican and Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), a group formed in 2001 to foster mission work between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic church. At the 2016 meeting, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis commissioned 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops from around the world to undertake collaborative projects for helping people on the margins of society. The first such project, a scholarship program for needy students in Malawi, was launched in September 2017". The project was launched 1 October 2017 by David Edwards, Bishop of the Anglican diocese of Fredericton and Robert Harris, Bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Saint John. "Thee committee chose to work with fathers and their children, Westin says, partly because father are relatively under-served by existing support services -- despite their recognized importance in the lives of children".