Speakers and Moderator for OL Conference Finalized

I have finally been able to confirm our plenary speakers and the moderator for Orientale Lumen XV scheduled for June 20-23, 2011 in Washington, DC on the theme of “Rome and the Communion of Churches:  Bishop, Patriarchate or Pope?”

The plenary speakers will be:

  • 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)
    Chairman and 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 serve as Moderator for the entire conference.

For the Opening Session on Monday evening, we hope to have video recorded greetings and blessings from several Church leaders, and I will compile a short presentation on the history of the OL Conferences in honor of our Fifteenth Anniversary.

As a special event for the Closing Session, Father Ron Roberson, CSP, who coordinates Catholic-Orthodox dialogues in North America for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, will give a summary presentation of the latest document from the North American Dialogue entitled “Steps Toward a Reunited Church: A Sketch of an Orthodox-Catholic Vision for the Future.” The other speakers will then have a panel discussion of the document, copies of which will be distributed during the conference, and then questions collected from all attendees will be discussed by the Moderator and Panel.

More details can be found on the Future Conferences page at the website:  www.olconference.com.

Online registration is also available through the website, or by calling the conference office at 703-691-8862.  Registration through April 1 is $225 per person, including meals, and then will increase to $245 per person until final registration is due by June 1.