His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, will address participants at the Orientale Lumen XIV Conference at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center here June 21-24, 2010.
Similar conferences will be held at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ June 7-10 and in Constantinople [Istanbul], Turkey July 5-8.
The theme of all three conferences is “The Councils of the Church.” Each speaker will discuss the theme from the perspective of his or her own tradition and expertise and review the history, context, major results, and other important aspects of Church Councils over the centuries.
Sponsored by the Eastern Churches Journal, Eastern Christian Publications, the Orientale Lumen Foundation, the Center for Catholic Studies at Seton Hall University, and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the conferences are open to lay persons, religious and clergy, providing an opportunity for Eastern Orthodox, Roman and Eastern Catholics, and Oriental Orthodox to gather, discuss, and learn about their respective traditions.
Other speakers at the DC conference include Roman Catholic Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, DC; Archimandrite Robert Taft, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute; Father Peter Galazda, Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Institute, Ottawa, ON; Father Thomas FitzGerald, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, MA; and Elias Damianakis, Greek Orthodox lecturer and iconographer, Tampa, FL.
Father John Behr, professor at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, will be among the speakers at the New Jersey conference. Other speakers include Eastern Rite Catholic Archbishop Cyril Vasil, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches; Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Director of Religious Education, Moscow; Archimandrite Robert Taft; Father George Gallaro, Saints Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA; and Elias Damianakis.
His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will open the conference in Turkey. Speakers include His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia; Richard Schneider, professor at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary; Archimanrite Job Getcha, Institute of Orthodox Theology, Chambesy, Switzerland; Sister Vassa Larin of ROCOR, University of Vienna, Austria; and Bishop John Michael Botean, Romanian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Saint George, Canton, OH. Archbishop Cyril Vasil and Archimandrite Robert Taft will also address participants.