Archive for March, 2011

OL XV Conference Registration Deadline

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Just a reminder that April 1 is the deadline for registration for the Orientale Lume XV Conference for the reduced fee of $225 per person.  After that the fee will be $245 per person with final registrations due by June 1st.

Our plans include a great theme, terrific speakers, a convenient venue, and even a live webcast of the conference plenary sessions that you can watch from anywhere in the world! 

It will be held June 20-23, 2011 at the Washington Retreat House (a change from the Pope John Paul II cultural Center which will not be available) in Washington, DC on the theme of “Rome and the Communion of Churches: Bishop, Patriarch or Pope?”  We will be honored with the presence of several outstanding speakers, including:

Metropolitan Jonah (Orthodox) Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Washington, DC
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (Orthodox) Professor Emeritus of Oxford University, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople
Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ (Greek Catholic) Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The Vatican
Msgr. Michael Magee (Roman Catholic) Professor of Systematic Theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Father Ron Roberson, CSP (Roman Catholic) Associate Director for Ecumenical Affairs, USCCB, Washington, DC
Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin (Orthodox) Lecturer, University of Vienna, Austria, Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Dr. Adam DeVille (Greek Catholic) Assistant Professor, University of Saint Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN and Editor, LOGOS

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia will also server as moderator and will “entertain” us for four full days of exciting sessions.  Father Ron Roberson will give a summary of the North American Dialogue document “Vision for Unity” as the Closing Session, and the panel of speakers will discuss it, along with Q&A from the audience. In addition to several video recorded blessings and greetings from Church leaders at the Opening Session, I will also be preparing a short history of the conferences since it is our Fifteenth Anniversary.
More details about the conference and online registration can be found at the Future Conferences page of www.olconference.com.

I look forward to seeing many old and new friends at this year’s conference.

Live Webcast for OL XV

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

New for OL XV, we’ll have an Online LIVE Webcast.  For the first time, the OL Conference will be broadcast live through an online video webcast over the internet. The Opening and Closing Sessions, along with all Plenary Lectures and Panel Discussions, will be viewable online during the conference for just $50 per person. Viewers will be able to send email questions to the moderator at the conference site for the panel discussions.

When you register for this access, a userid and password will be sent to you by email two weeks before the conference with detailed instructions. If sufficient webcast registrations are not received by June 1st to cover the setup costs, the webcast will be cancelled and a full refund will be sent to anyone who registered for it. Signup now and tell your friends! 

Participate in OL XV from anywhere in the world — your home, your office, or your parish in a group — anywhere!

More details about the conference and online registration can be found at the Future Conferences page of www.olconference.com.

Pass the word to your friends and associates.  Anyone interested in the future of the ecumenical dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, and the Church unity that Christ desires, will want to participate in this exciting conference. 

With the webcast, we hope to have even a wider audience for discussing and learning how we can follow Christ’s command:  “that they all may be one!”

Lenten Media Featured

Monday, March 7th, 2011

As we all begin the Great Fast of Forty Days in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord, I would like to draw your attention to a few special products available from Orientale Lumen TeleVision (OLTV).  They either have Lent as their theme, or are spiritually oriented and would be appropriate material for personal reflections during this period of renewal.
They include:
MK09DV: The Holy Icon:  A Door into Eternity.  An introduction to the symbols, purpose, theology, and spirituality of icons for the lay person. Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia.  1 disk DVD
AE17: Preparation for the Great Fast (6 disks) Lectures about preparation for Lent by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
AE16: Liturgy: Model of Prayer—Icon of Life (6 disks) Spiritual reflections by Archimandrite Robert Taft on liturgy and prayer
AE25: The Mystery of the Church (6 disks) Lectures on Church ecclesiology by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokliea
AE09: Eastern Fathers on Involuntary Sin (7 disks) Reflections by Hieromonk Maximos on sin and the Fathers
AE14: Great Feasts of the Church (6 disks – DVD only) Theological explanations of the icons of the Great Feasts of the Church
AE12: Orientale Lumen XIII Plenaries (8 disks) “Monasticism for Every Day Life” Reflections by noted theologians on spirituality
You can view several of them at:  www.oltv.tv
You can order them online at:  www.olconference.com
Or call 703-691-8862.

Lenten Books Featured

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

As we all begin the Great Fast of Forty Days in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord, I would like to draw your attention to a few special products available from Eastern Christian Publications.  They either have Lent as their theme, or are spiritually oriented and would be appropriate material for personal reflections during this period of renewal.
They include:
E06 Our Paschal Pilgrimage by Bishop Basil Losten — $10.00 
           Explanations of the liturgical services during Lent and Holy Week
E14 Journey Through the Great Fast — $5.00 
           Daily meditations by over 40 clergy and lay persons for the Great Fast
E44 The Holy Encounter by Robert Slesinski — $10.00
           Scriptural and liturgical reflections of the encounter of Christ with Simeon
E49 The Holy Transfiguration by Robert Slesinski — $15.00
           How the Feast of the Holy Transfiguration is relevant to us today
E73 The Pentekostarion by Robert Slesinski — $15.00
           Liturgical explanations of Holy Week and the season from Pascha to Pentecost
E51 Good News from the East: Volume I by John Zeyack — $15.00
E52 Good News from the East: Volume II by John Zeyack — $15.00
E53 Good News from the East: Volume III by John Zeyack — $15.00
E54 Good News from the East: Volume IV by John Zeyack — $15.00
           Each volume above contains Sunday homilies for the Byzantine liturgical year
E32 Come Follow Me by Justin Rose — $20.00 
           Parish renewal  program and scripture study for adult catechesis

Coloring Books for Children (line drawing icons, 8.5×11 size, about 20 per book)
A11 Feasts – major feast days of the liturgical year — $5.00
A12 Saints – major saints of the Church — $5.00
A15 Lent and Pascha – Sundays of the Great Fast and after Easter — $5.00
A17 Parables – stories from Christ that explain a lesson — $5.00

Prayer Booklets for Children: (large print, clipart, simple explanations for children)
A51 Bless Us O Lord 1: My First Prayers – Teaching Basic Prayers – $5.00
A52 Bless Us O Lord 2: Understanding My Prayers – The Creed/Our Father – $5.00
A53 Bless Us O Lord 3: My Daily Prayers – Morning and Evening Prayers – $5.00

You can order online at: www.ecpubs.com
Or call 703-691-8862.