Paving the way for an “8th Ecumenical Council”

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A series of three Ecumenical Conferences have been planned. Participants will included lay persons and clergy from Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox (N.C.), Eastern Catholic (Uniate) and Oriental Orthodox ( Non-Calcedonian – Monophysite) churches.

The first two to be held in the U.S., with the third to take place in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey (Asia Minor).
The conferences were planned on April 16, 2010 in Fairfax,Virgina with the official title being the Three Orientale Lumen Conferences. Held annually since 1997, the Orientale Lumen Conferences are one of the few open to the public with claim’s to “provide a grass roots form of ecumenical dialogue where all persons learn from each others traditions” and “participate in a dialogue of love and understanding”
The first conference (OLC XIII) will be held June 7-10 at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ and is cosponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies. The speakers will include:
• Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, The Vatican
• Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun, Director of Religious Education, Moscow
• Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The
Vatican
• Father John Behr, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, NY
• Father George Gallaro, SS Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA
• Mr. Elias Damianakis, Lecturer and Iconographer, Tampa, FL
The second conference (OLC XIV) will be held June 21-24 at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in
Washington, DC. with the theme being “the councils of the church” The speakers will be:
• Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America
• Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC
• Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The
Vatican
• Archpriest Peter Galadza, Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Institute, Ottawa, Canada
• Father Thomas FitzGerald, Holy Cross Theological School Boston, MA
• Mr. Elias Damianakis, Lecturer and Iconographer, Tampa, FL
The third conference (OLC XV) will be held July 5-8 in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew giving the Welcoming Address. Plenary speakers will include:
• Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia, Retired Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies of Oxford
University, England
• Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, SJ, Secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, The Vatican
• Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, The
Vatican
• Archimandrite Job Getcha, Institute of Orthodox Theology, Chambésy, Switzerland and the
Catholic Institute of Paris, France
• Sister Vassa Larin, University of Vienna, Austria
• Professor Richard Schneider, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, NY
• Moderator – Bishop John Michael Botean, Romanian Greek Catholic Eparchy of St. George,
Canton, OH
Each conference agenda will include plenary sessions by the speakers as well as a variety of ecumenical prayer services with full congregational participation by the assembled group’s of heretic’s. Each participate will receive a “liturgical book” of all “services” to assist in their participation.

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