Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Orientale Lumen Conferences for 2013

Orientale Lumen XVII Conference on a Vision of a Reunited Church
The Orientale Lumen XVII Conference will be held June 17-20, 2013 at the Washington Retreat House in Washington, DC on the theme of “Vision of a Reunited Church.”  We will be honored with the presence of several outstanding speakers, some of whom are members of the North American Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation, including:
Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington
Orthodox Church in America, Washington, DC
Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ
Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, Boston, MA
Father Thomas FitzGerald  
Holy Cross/Hellenic College, Boston, MA
Father Sidney Griffith
The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
Father Nicholas Apostola
St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church, Worcester, MA
Sr. Susan Wood, SCL
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Father Ron Roberson, OP, Moderator
            Romanian Greek Catholic Diocese of Canton, OH

Orientale Lumen EuroEast IV Conference on Saints Cyril and Methodius

This year is the 1150th anniversary of the mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius from Constantinople to Great Moravia to bring Christianity to the Slavic people.  Their inspiring story balances evangelization and ecumenism that inspired Blessed John Paul II to name them “Apostles to the Slavs” and “Co-Patrons of Europe.”  The Orientale Lumen EuroEast IV Conference will be held July 8-11, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia in the heart of the former Great Moravia.  Come and hear the brothers’ story and learn how their work has lasted through the centuries from:

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Oxford
Archbishop Cyril Vasil’ (invited)
Congregation for the Eastern Churches, The Vatican
Metropolitan Krystof (invited)
Orthodox Church of the Czech and Slovak Lands, Prague
Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin
University of Vienna, Austria
Dr. Daniel Galadza
Pontifical Oriental Institute, Rome
Prof. Illya Bey
Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Academy, Kyiv
Msgr. George Dobes (Moderator)
Military Chaplains Association, Washington, DC

More details about both conferences and online registration can be found at the Future Conferences page  A flier for each is attached. 

Pass the word to your friends and associates.  The topics for this year’s OL Conferences promise to be both educational and exciting!  I look forward to seeing many old and new friends this summer.  Note:  If we don’t have at least 50 paid registrations by April 1st, we may have to cancel one or both conferences – please hurry and sign up and tell your friends!

Theosis – New Monthly Magazine/Booklet

Eastern Christian Publications in Fairfax, Virginia recently announced a new popular monthly magazine called Theosis:  Spiritual Reflections from the Christian East.  It is a small-format, full-color magazine which is published in both a print and eZine version.  Each month contains several short essays on Prayer, Eucharist, Sacraments, Scripture, Holy Icons, Sacramental Living, Spirituality, and a Feast of the Month.  Contributors are authors and theologians from a wide variety of Orthodox and Catholic Churches including Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) and Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ. 

We have received many positive reactions to it, including the following:
  • “Thank you so much for this wonderful publication. It has been truly a blessing for me.”—Basilius, Raleigh, NC
  • “Thank you so much!  I've been waiting for something like this magazine to happen.”—Kathy, Akron, OH
  • “Enjoying all the articles so far and I agree it’s great for laymen like me and very simple.”—Stephen, Dublin, Ireland.
  • “Thank you for such a great contribution to our lives.”—Fr Jaroslav
  • “I am really looking forward to praying with the content and having it as a companion throughout each month during this year of faith.  Thanks and God bless you for this wonderful resource.”—Sister Linda, Ontario, Canada.

Print subscriptions are just $60.00/year, or $5.00 per month and each issue contains approximately 100 pages of text and color images.  The electronic eZine subscription is $29.95/year.  Six month and twenty-four month subscriptions are also available, along with bulk discounts for parishes or prayer groups.  More information is available at  Or call 703-691-8862.


  1. Thanks for the information! Of note, Fr. Ron Roberson is not a Dominican (OP), but a Paulist (CSP). See:

    You might want to correct this above.

  2. I just saw that Jack Figel's original link had the same "OP" error. My apologies.


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