Orthodox Christian Women of Montreal to sponsor 21st annual conference February 25

For 21 years, Orthodox Christian Women of Montreal has hosted an annual conference on a wide variety of themes on Christian life and related themes.

This year’s conference, titled “Why Do We Need the Creed?  The Symbol of Faith in Today’s World,” will be held at Saint George Antiochian Church, 555 Jean Talon est, Montreal [Metro Jean Talon] on Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The theme will be developed by Father Cyprian [Robert] Hutcheon, who is attached in retirement to The Sign of the Theotokos parish in Montreal.

Born in Manitoba in 1943 and raised and educated in Saskatoon, SK, he graduated in Medicine [M.D.] from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 and pursued post-graduate medical studies in Oxford and Montreal.  In 1975, he was qualified as a paediatric specialist, and then practiced paediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital until 2006.

Having grown up in the United Church of Canada, Father Cyprian was received into the Orthodox Church in America in 1980 after a lengthy period of personal study and prayer.  In 1984, he was ordained to the diaconate; he was ordained to the priesthood in 2005.  In a reversal of the usual sequence of events, he began the formal study of theology only after his diaconal ordination, pursuing studies at Montreal’s Concordia University and Saint Paul University, Ottawa, from which he received a Ph.D. in theology in 2004.  His doctoral thesis explored the pastoral theology of the Orthodox Christian funeral service.

From 2006 until 2010, Father Cyprian was rector of an OCA parish in Saskatoon, after which he returned to Montreal.  Although Father Cyprian is a celibate priest, he appreciates the joys of family life, and is very proud of his niece and nephew and his five godchildren.

Registration, which includes breakfast, lunch, and refreshments, is $40.00 per participant.

For additional information and/or to register, please contact Masha Tkachuk at 514-481-5093; fax 514-481-2256; or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).