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Preparation for the Great Fast with Metropolitan Kallistos

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Timothy Ware) will be visiting the US East Coast for a series of free lectures open to the public during the week of February 9-17, 2010. The schedule is listed below:

  • Tuesday, February 9
    “An Insider’s View: Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue Today”
    Caldwell Auditorium, The Catholic University of America
    400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC
    4:30 pm – Prayer Service
    5:30 pm – Reception
    6:30 pm – Lecture
  • Wednesday, Feb 10
    Athens and Jerusalem: Hellenic Paideia and the Greek Fathers”
    Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
    30 Malvern Avenue, Richmond, VA
    6:30 pm – Refreshments
    7:00 pm – Lecture
  • Thursday, Feb 11
    “Lent: Our Personal Journey”
    Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church
    3410 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA
    6:30 pm – Reception
    7:30 pm – Lecture
  • Friday, Feb 12
    “Salvation in Christ: the Meaning of the Cross”
    St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church
    3149 Glen Carlyn Road, Falls Church, VA
    6:00 pm – Reception
    7:00 pm – Lecture
  • Saturday, Feb 13
    “Our Transfiguration in Christ: The Message of the Philokalia”
    St. Mark’s Orthodox
    7124 River Road, Bethesda, MD
    12:30 pm – Lecture 1
    1:30 pm – Lecture 2
    2:30 pm – Lecture 3
    5:30 pm – Great Vespers
  • Sunday, Feb 14
    Divine Liturgy and Homily
    St. Mark’s Orthodox
    7124 River Road, Bethesda, MD
    9:30 am – Divine Liturgy
  • Monday, Feb 15
    “Lent: Our Personal Journey”
    St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
    2200 Church Road, Toms River, NJ
    6:00 pm – Great Compline
    7:30 pm – Refreshments and Lecture
  • Wednesday, Feb 17
    “The Trinity: Heart of Our Life”
    St. George’s Greek, 7701 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD
    6:00 pm – Presanctified Liturgy
    7:00 pm – Refreshments
    8:00 pm – Lecture

Call 703-691-8862 for more information. Books and CD/DVD recordings will be available at all the lectures.

Tenth Anniversary of the Youngstown SSJC

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

The Society of Saint John Chrysostom in the US started at the first Orientale Lumen Conference in 1997.  Our volunteer co-patrons were Archbishop Vsevolod of Scopelos, of blessed memory, and Bishop John Michael Botean, who continues in that capacity.  The society was one of many outcomes from that first OL Conference in Washington, and has spread to several local chapters in various cities around the country.

The Youngstown chapter has been meeting regularly for the last ten years at both Catholic and Orthodox parishes, with many lay persons and clergy supporting their programs.  I have been invited to speak on a few occasions over the years, but this past weekend they celebrated their Tenth Anniversary with a wonderful dinner and invited me to give an overview of the history of the society and OL Conferences.

Their usual 25-30 persons showed up and we had a great time.  I gave the highlights of the past conference, remembering special events and exciting “firsts” that have occurred.  Not passing up the opportunity to tell some stories, I told of several other memorable ecumenical events that I have witnessed over the years, especially those with Archbishop Vsevolod who was an inspiration to us all. I recounted Vladyka’s historic Divine Liturgies at the tomb of St. Peter in Rome in 1999 and 2006, the audiences with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict, and the many trips and private discussions with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, almost annually for the last 14 years.

I congratulate the Youngstown Chapter on their continual efforts to bring people together to learn about the Eastern Churches and to foster dialogue among Orthodox and Catholics.  I also commend the other chapters who meet regularly – in southern California and Baltimore – and hope that others may spring up in different places in the future.

SSJC to Meet in Boston

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

I am pleased to announce that an organizational and planning meeting for the Society of St. John Chrysostom will meet on Saturday, October 6, 2007, beginning at 10:00 am at St. Stephen’s Armenian Apostolic Church at 38 Elton Avenue, Watertown, MA. The meeting will begin with an ecumenical prayer service to the Holy Spirit, and then move across the street to the Hellenic Cultural Center.

We will have video highlights from OLTVweb of Pope Benedict’s historic visit to Constantinople last November, with commentary, and a discussion about holding an Orientale Lumen Conference in Boston next year. I will also show highlights of past OL conferences for everyone to get a sense of what happens at them. The meeting will include lunch and conclude with the Akathist Prayer Service to the Mother of God.

ALL are invited to attend — clergy and lay persons — Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholics and Oriental Orthodox. With the recent pilgrimage of Catholics and Orthodox led by Cardinal O’Malley and Metropolitan Methodius, and the possibility of Pope Benedict visiting Boston next April, it seems fitting to organize a new chapter of the Society in Boston and possibly hold an OL Conference to coincide with the pope’s visit.

Please download the PDF flier about the meeting, and pass the word among your friends and colleagues — anyone interested in the unity of the Church of Christ — and join us in Boston on October 6.